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Carrie Underwood wins ACM entertainer of the year

April 5th, 2009 Posted in Entertainment

Carrie Underwood captured the entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, the first female act to win the honor since the Dixie Chicks did it back in 2000 and only the seventh to do so in the show’s nearly four-decade existence.

“I’ve had a lot of good moments in the past four years. This one takes the cake,” the tearful former “American Idol” champ said. “Thank you God, thank you fans, thank you to ACM for nominating me in the first place. I never thought I’d be nominated and never thought I’d win. I’m shaking. I don’t know what to say.”

With the win, Underwood, who also won top female vocalist, broke Kenny Chesney’s four-year win streak and denied him the chance to tie Alabama’s five years of dominance in the category. Besides Underwood, the other female acts to win included Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain and the Dixie Chicks. Chesney kissed Underwood as she walked up to accept the honor.

Another female dominating not only country music but the entire music industry, Taylor Swift, won album of the year for her sophomore disc “Fearless.” Both of Swift’s albums have topped the 3 million mark — a rare feat in today’s music industry. She’s connected with fans both young and old for her intensely personal songs, which she writes usually on her own or with another writer.

“A lot of people who know me know if you talk to me more than 5 minutes I’m probably going to write a song about you,” Swift said, as she proceeded to thank characters in her songs such as Tim McGraw and Romeo.

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