Big ups to our girl Taylor Swift, who took home the biggest trophy of the night at last night’s 2012 ACM Awards! Our girl Tay was named Entertainer of the Year, the biggest honor of the ceremony, for the second year straight. It was her second big win in two days, too–the night before she took home the Big Help Award at the Kids’ Choice Awards for giving back to the community and being generally awesome and inspirational.
Taylor was the second female to win Entertainer of the Year two years in a row, coming after Carrie Underwood, who also performed at the show. Even her competition, Blake Shelton, admitted that she deserved to win, and he’s totally right. Taylor gives a face to country music that even people who normally can’t stand country music can both recognize and appreciate–and she sells a whole lot of records. Taylor shows there’s more to country music than pick up trucks and broken hearts. That’s our girl!
Taylor wasn’t the only big winner for gals at the ACM Awards, though. Petite powerhouse Miranda Lambert snagged the Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year, while female-fronted Lady Antebellum won Vocal Group of the Year. We’re particularly stoked for Miranda, since she’s so outspoken in her empowerment of young women (and we gotta say, her open disdain for Chris Brown is a little refreshing). That and come on, how cute is she?
Just because we rooted a little more loudly for our ladies doesn’t mean girls and boys can’t get along, though. Kelly Clarkson‘s collaboration with Jason Aldean, “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” earned two awards: Single of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year. We don’t think it would have been as celebrated a tune without the American Idol alum’s gorgeous pipes! Thompson Square took home a trophy for Vocal Duo of the Year, too, proving that the battle of the sexes doesn’t have to be a battle after all.
News like this makes us want to put on cowboy boots, kick back and celebrate!
Did you watch the ACM Awards? Do you like country music? Who’s your favorite country artist? Sound off in the comments!