Published: Wed, April 12, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

List of winners at the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards

"And I think that's the coolest award I could be given as a songwriter", he said. "I am so thankful".

"I'm just glad to see females kicking [expletive] these days". It was the duo's third performance at three-hour show, which aired live on CBS.

- Vocal event of the year: "May We All", Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw.

The Backstreet Boys shined brightly at the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards. Urban is the top nominee with seven, including album of the year, single record, song of the year and male vocalist of the year.

Carrie Underwood and Nicole Kidman were just a few of the audience members at the Arena who felt the nostalgia, sang along and danced excitedly. Lambert, singing the haunting track "Tin Man" off her latest album, crushed the song, earning a well-deserved standing ovation.

The Album of the Year award went to Miranda Lambert for "Weight of these Wings".

Unlike recent USA awards shows including the Oscars and Grammys, the Academy of Country Music Awards steered clear of overt politics.

Put your hands together for Album of the Year victor, @mirandalambert!

Double winners Sunday night included Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line and Brothers Osborne.

The real victor was Thomas Rhett for "Die a Happy Man".

The actual ceremony, however, felt decidedly more serious than years past, with a majority of artists opting to perform ballads, and banter from Bryan and Bentley kept to a minimum.

Singer Miranda Lambert and Anderson East arrive for the 52nd Academy of Country Music in Las Vegas April 3, 2017.

Brothers Osborn was a surprise victor of the Best Duo Award, taking it from Florida Georgia Line, among others. Just past year, she wore another gold dress, this time looking a little less tan, with a shorter, more sophisticated 'do for the occasion.

Lori McKenna, who won the best country song Grammy for two consecutive years for writing McGraw's "Humble and Kind" and co-writing Little Big Town's "Girl Crush", was named songwriter of the year. After the Backstreet Boys and Florida Georgia Line delivered an as-expected performance of their collaboration "God, Your Mama, and Me", they made jaws drop by going straight into BSB's hit "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)".

Lambert, 33, was married to Shelton for four years after years of dating.

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