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Lambert takes three ACM awards, Swift wins biggest honor

Sunday, April 3, 2011 – Miranda Lambert was the big winner Sunday taking three Academy of Country Music awards with a song she sang also winning, but Taylor Swift was the big winner, taking the fan-voted Entertainer of the year award.

Swift was understandably excited to win the award, hugging fellow nominees Lambert and Brad Paisley on the way to the stage.

"This is the first time I've ever won this, and I'm just losing my mind. The fact that this is from the fans makes it so beautiful. Thanks to the fans and anyone who voted."

Saying she had just returned home to the U.S. from her overseas tour, Swift said, "Thanks for this wonderful welcome home gift ad not forgetting about me. Thank you to the fans. this is the best thing that has ever happened to me. ever. Thank you so much."

Lambert won Female Vocalist of the Year, Video of the Year and Single of the Year with The House That Built Me. She was nominated for seven awards. The Song of the Year Award went to Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin, who wrote The House That Built Me.

Lady Antebellum had a good night, taking two honors: Album of the Year for "Need You Now" and Vocal Group of the Year.

Paisley won Male Vocalist of the Year, while Sugarland won the Vocal Duo.

Vocal event of the Year went to As She's Walking Away by Zac Brown Band featuring Alan Jackson.

The Band Perry scored with New Artist of the Year.

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