It was another lucky trip to Las Vegas for Carrie Underwood at Monday night’s American Country Awards, where the former “American Idol” winner collected a trio of trophies at the star-studded event. While Jason Aldean was the top prize-getter with six awards, including Artist of the Year, Underwood took home three, including Female Artist of the Year, and Music Video and Single of the Year by a Female Artist for “Mama’s Song.”
Aldean was the night’s biggest nominee, tied with eight nods with the Zac Brown Band. The singer’s My Kinda Party swept up Album of the Year, Touring Artist of the Year and Single of the Year by a Male Artist for the album’s title track. He also scored Single and Music Video of the Year for “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” a collaboration with original “Idol” winner Kelly
Underwood and Clarkson weren’t the only twang-pop “Idol” alumni to take home the Fender Stratocaster guitar-shaped hardware at the show, co-hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Trace Adkins. Last year’s winner, country crooning high schooler Scotty McCreery , was named New Artist of the Year on the same day his debut album, Clear as Day, went gold.
The night mostly belonged to Nashville’s new school, as such up-and-comers as Thompson Square nabbed a trio of guitars — Single of the Year by a New Artist and by a Group and Music Video by a New Artist for “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.” The Breakthrough Artist of the Year winner Chris Young also won Single of the Year for “Voices.” Grammy winners Lady Antebellum were named Group of the Year.
These kinds of shows are typically another notch in Taylor Swift’s belt, but despite six nominations, she ended the night with no new hardware.