ACM Awards: Album, song honors for Miranda Lambert, Eli Young Band
The first awards handed out during Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas went to Miranda Lambert's "Four the Record" as album of the year and Eli Young Band's "Crazy Girl," named song of the year.
Lambert's fourth album, “Four the Record,” was selected over works by Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney and Eric Church. In her floor-length gold lamé dress, she came to the stage and asked, “Seriously”? I own every record in this category and I’ve been thinking, ‘Man, I’m not going to get it.’ … I am so thrilled, I will never take this trophy for granted. My albums are my babies.”
The Eli Young Band's affirmation of love through hard times topped a field that also included Dierks Bentley's "Home," Lady Antebellum's "Just a Kiss," Vince Gill's "Threaten Me With Heaven" and Chesney and Grace Potter's "You and Tequila."
"Holy cow, I have dreamed about this moment my whole life," lead singer Mike Eli said, before thanking his wife and their soon-to-be-born child.
-- Randy Lewis
Photo of the Eli Young Band performing during Academy of Country Music weekend in Las Vegas. Credit: Jeff Bottari / Associated Press.