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These American Country Award speeches are making us cry

The acceptance speeches at the American Country Awards in Las Vegas really got to us. What is it with these country stars?

Jake Owen's acceptance speech at the American Country Awards.

The American Country Awards certainly delivered. The show was entertaining and fun, but there’s one aspect we weren’t prepared for: the amazingly graceful acceptance speeches. Maybe we’re just used to Taylor Swift’s annoying way of gasping, but these country stars were genuinely shocked and humbled to win. Their mentions of God, fans and loving life and family was really heartwarming. Maybe that’s what country really is all about: God, family and love.

Jake Owen for Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Jake Owen looked great in his white suit jacket and humbly accepted his award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year. He thanked his wife and celebrated the birth of his first child, a girl. “I just had the most beautiful baby girl two weeks ago, and just when I thought things could not get any better, things keep rolling. I love my wife, my baby and my mom back home.” Awww — our hearts are melting.

Lauren Alaina for New Artist of the Year

We couldn’t help getting a little teary ourselves as 18-year-old Lauren Alaina accepted her award for New Artist of the Year at the American Country Awards. She tearfully thanked God, gracefully thanked American Idol, and seemed genuinely overwhelmed with the fact that she had won. Alaina took to her Twitter account and gave a very excited (and grainy) video speech that shows this girl has not lost her down-to-Earth style. She tweeted, “HOLY CPAP!!!! I love y’all” with a link to her video speech from her hotel room after the American Country Awards. We’re truly happy for you, Alaina!

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