The excitement started on the red carpet, where Keith Urban appeared with us (finally!) visibly pregnant wife Nicole Kidman, who made sure to hold her dress just so, so we could see her burgeoning baby bump.
For the first time, fans voted for the winner of Entertainer of the Year -- and Kenny Chesneytook home the honor for the fourth time in his career.
Garth Brooks was honored with the first-ever Crystal Milestone Award, celebrating his certification as the top selling solo artist in US history.
For the second year in a row, Brad Paisley took home Top Male Vocalist and Carrie Underwood won Top Female Vocalist. Brooks and Dunn marked their 25th Academy of Country Music award with Top Vocal Duo.
A complete list of winners:
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
TOP MALE VOCALIST
TOP FEMALE VOCALIST
TOP VOCAL GROUP
TOP VOCAL DUO
Brooks & Dunn
TOP NEW MALE VOCALIST
TOP NEW FEMALE VOCALIST
TOP NEW DUO OR VOCAL GROUP
ALBUM OF THE YEAR (Award to Producer(s)/ Artist(s)/ Record Company)
Producers: Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke
SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR (Award to Artist(s)/ Producer(s)/ Record Company)
Producer: Kristian Bush, Byron Gallimore, Jennifer Nettles
SONG OF THE YEAR (Award to Composer(s)/ Publisher(s)/ Artist(s))
Writers: Jennifer Nettles
Jennifer Nettles Publishing(ASCAP)
VIDEO OF THE YEAR (Award to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s))
Producer: Frames Per Second
Director: Jason Alexander
Artists: Brad Paisley
VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR (Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company)
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Tracey Lawrence with Tim McGraw and Kenney Chesney
Producers: Julian King, Tracey Lawrence