It's ladies' night at the Academy of Country Music awards

By Tim Surette

Apr 06, 2009

The Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony was held in Las Vegas last night, and it was a good night for the ladies. Former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood was the big winner of the evening, taking home the coveted Entertainer of the Year award.

The Entertainer of the Year award had gone to a male for nearly a decade, with the Dixie Chicks being the last female artists to win the award in 2000. Underwood also won female entertainer of the year.

"It is my belief that country music makes the world a better place, and I'm so glad to be a part of country music," Underwood said. "I feel like I just won American Idol all over again."

Taylor Swift grabbed the night's other big award, taking home Album of the Year honors for Fearless. The 19-year old has bucked the trend of slumping music sales, with her past two albums selling more than three million copies each.

Julianne Hough, known to most as one of Dancing with the Stars' pros, won the fan-voted best new artist award. Elsewhere, Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Trace Adkins, and Jamey Johnson also won high honors.

For all the winners of the Academy of Country Music Awards, head over to the official Web site.

Want to see all the stars at the ACMs? Check out TV.com's photo gallery!

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  • dcmmaradiaga Apr 07, 2009

    I love Carrie, it was for her that I started to listen Country, and then Taylor Swift show up in my radar... both of them are amazing .

  • LAURAMARIE63 Apr 07, 2009

    Good for Carrie and Taylor - my daughters like them.

  • tvqueenrania Apr 07, 2009

    I love Carrie, the best thing that ever came of Idol was her.

  • OhioStateHack Apr 06, 2009

    Yay for Carrie. I don't really like country music, but I like her.

  • Fwirrel Apr 06, 2009

    I'm so glad that Sugarland and Brad Paisley won. They deserved their awards. I didn't think Taylor Swift should have won the album of the year though, but oh well. As for the Kenny Chesney picture... I guess the hat is a bit big for his head, isn't it?

  • peon4570 Apr 06, 2009

    And I care why? Junk!