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Bryan named top country artist at ACA

The fans of country music love Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, and they proved it again Tuesday during the American Country Awards.

Bryan was named artist of the year and Florida Georgia Line was the top winner, with six trophies, including new artist and single of the year for the “Cruise” remix with Nelly. Blake Shelton won four awards, including album of the year for “Based on a True Story ... .”

The “Highway Don’t Care” team-up of Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban continued to rake in trophies, winning three, including song of the year. Bryan also won touring artist of the year along with the night’s top honor, and his three wins give him 12 ACA nods in the show’s four-year history. The win comes about eight months after the Academy of Country Music also gave him its top award.

Taylor Swift, the night’s top nominee with eight, won the worldwide touring award and gave an acceptance speech taped in Australia where she’s on tour. Female artist of the year Miranda Lambert also was a multiple winner with two awards, and Brad Paisley was presented with the ACA’s Video Vanguard Award.

– Associated Press

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