Miranda Lambert was the big winner at the 48th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards in Las Vegas. The 29-year-old took home three awards - Female Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year and Single Record of the Year.

"As a songwriter, having your song and your lyrics recognised by your peers is pretty much as good as it gets," Lambert said, "And I'm so thankful for being in this genre of country music, every single time someone's nominated, I just cheer, because I love everybody to death. So thank you for accepting me as a song writer, not just as a singer, because that means the world to me."

Meanwhile, Luke Bryan got emotional as he took the coveted award for Entertainer of the Year.

"I don't know what to say guys," Bryan said, ''Thank you so much fans for doing this to me. Thank you so much for making my life what it is. What I always wanted to be was just a country singer who got to ride on a tour bus and show up on a new stage and play music every night."

The show's co-host, Blake Shelton, kicked off the event with his new single Boys 'Round Here and he was joined by Bryan, Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow and Pistol Annies and Lambert. There were also performances from Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and John Mayer, Tim McGraw teamed up with Taylor Swift for a rendition of Highway Don't Care and Little Big Town.

Winner's List

  • Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Aldean
  • Vocal Duo of the Year: Thompson Square
  • Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
  • New Male Vocalist of the Year: Brantley Gilbert
  • New Female Vocalist of the Year: Jana Kramer
  • New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
  • New Artist of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
  • Album of the Year: Eric Church (for Chief)
  • Video of the Year: Little Big Town (for Tornado)
  • Vocal Event of the Year: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Eric Church (for The Only Way I Know)

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Singer Luke Bryan performs "Crash My Party" during the 48th ACM Awards in Las Vegas April 7, 2013.Reuters
Tim McGraw (C), Keith Urban and Taylor Swift perform "Highway Don't Care" at the 48th ACM Awards in Las Vegas, April 7, 2013.Reuters
Garth Brooks takes the stage to sing "The Dance" as a tribute to Dick Clark at the 48th ACM Awards in Las Vegas, April 7, 2013.Reuters
The Band Perry performs "Done" during the 48th ACM Awards in Las Vegas April 7, 2013.Reuters
Taylor Swift performs "Highway Don't Care" at the 48th ACM Awards in Las Vegas, April 7, 2013.Reuters
Jason Aldean performs "1994" at the 48th ACM Awards in Las Vegas, April 7, 2013.Reuters
Hosts Blake Shelton (L) and Luke Bryan perfom "Signed Sealed Delivered" with Stevie Wonder (C) at the 48th ACM Awards in Las Vegas, April 7, 2013.Reuters
Miranda Lambert performs "Mama's Broken Heart" during the 48th ACM Awards in Las Vegas April 7, 2013.Reuters
Kelly Clarkson performs "Don't Rush" during the 48th ACM Awards in Las Vegas April 7, 2013.Reuters
Kimberly Perry, of The Band Perry, performs "Done" during the 48th ACM Awards in Las Vegas April 7, 2013.Reuters