April 4, 2011

Star Shines in Vegas: Miranda Lambert

It was Miranda Lambert's night to shine. Her rebel country revolution toppled fellow Oklahomans Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire for top female vocalist of the year honors.

Sunday night at the Academy of Country Music awards, Lambert also walked away with song of the year, single record of the year and video of the year awards and accepted her statuettes in a hot pink glam mini-dress and logic and gravity defying gilded stilettos, her golden locks flowing over her shoulders in loose, oversized curls.

"The House That Built Me" awards gave Lambert's hit a clean sweep of all the major country music awards. "I don't know why I'm up here," said Lambert as she accepted her prize for top female vocalist. "I'm so humbled. Thanks for believing in me."

Written by Allen Shamblin and Tom Douglas, the song is special to Lambert because it mirrors a difficult time in her life. Those times are over and the song has helped Lambert's star rise to new heights. It was awarded a Grammy for best country song and the Country Music Association's song of the year award.

Lambert also was the night's top individual nominee with seven awards, though she lost the top honor entertainer of the year to Taylor Swift.

On-screen chemistry effervesced between Sooner state co-hosts and longtime friends Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire the country cutup and no nonsense redhead delivered both class and comedy.

They traded barbs between themselves and the audience, both agreeing to avoid jokes about celebrity scandals, Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan. "Soooo, goodnight everybody!" they joked before they lampooned front row guests including Brad Paisley, Zac Brown, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman.

Brad Paisley claimed his fifth straight top male vocalist of the year award, beating out Shelton for the prize.

It was McEntire's 13th time hosting the awards show. McEntire glittered in a sequined silver, cowl neck, floor length, leopard-print sleeveless number and Shelton complemented her look with a dark-gray and black silk tuxedo style suit. They had several wardrobe changes during the show.

Sooner state performers included former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn, with Toby Keith, Shelton, McEntire, Lambert and a roster of other big-name country stars that included Sugarland, Brad Paisley and Alabama, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Eric Church, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Jason Aldean, the Zac Brown Band with James Taylor, Jennifer Nettles with Rihanna and more.

A highlight of the night, Checotah native and "American Idol" superstar Carrie Underwood delivered uberhot, amped-up versions of "Undo It" and the Aerosmith classic "Walk This Way" with Steven Tyler that had the crowd screaming and on its feet.

Fan voting made this year's entertainer award especially hard to predict. Viewers voted for their favorites to win the big prize as winners were tallied live via web and phone, and winners were announced live on-air.

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