Cma Awards 2013, A few tears, some expected wins, the sweet sounds of Stevie Wonder, and even a surprise ending made up the three-hour-long Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday in Las Vegas. The surprise? The show’s co-host Luke Bryan scored the evening’s coveted entertainer of the year honor, topping familiar favorites Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert, along with Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean.
If some viewers were surprised by Bryan’s win, then Bryan himself looked even more shocked upon hearing his name, standing with his head down for a while, almost appearing to fight back a tear or two.
“I don’t know what to say, guys…Thank you guys so much…This is a defining moment of my life,” he told the crowd.
Lambert was the big winner of the night with three honors: female vocalist of the year (for the fourth straight year), record of the year and single record of the year for “Over You,” a song she and her husband, Blake Shelton, co-wrote in memory of Shelton’s late brother.