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Bryan, Florida Georgia Line clean up at ACAs

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 – Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line cleaned up Tuesday at the American Country Awards.

Bryan was named artist of the year while Florida Georgia Line went home with new artist, single of the year for the Cruise remix with Nelly, Single of the Year: New Artist for Cruise, Artist of the Year: New Artist.

Blake Shelton took four awards, including album of the year for "Based on a True Story..." He also took Single of the Year: Male, Music Video of the Year, Music Video of the Year: New Artist and Music Video of the Year: Male for Sure Be Cool If You Did.

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 and male artist of the year. "It's been the most amazing year of my life," Bryan said. "It started amazingly, and it's ending amazingly."

Taylor Swift, the top nominee with eight awards, won the worldwide touring award and gave an acceptance speech taped in Australia where she's on tour. She also won Single of the Year Vocal Collaboration for her contributions to Tim McGraw's Highway Don't Care, which also included Keith Urban.

Miranda Lambert won two awards: Single of the Year: Female for Mama's Broken Heart and Female Artist of the Year. Brad Paisley was presented with the ACAs Video Vanguard Award.

Scotty McCreery won the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award. "It is awesome," McCreery said. "It is really cool. We have had an incredible year, and we are really trying to take it to the next level, so to win the Breakthrough Artist award is really special. I am really honored to win this award.

Lady Antebellum received the honor of Artist of the Year; Duo or Group and Single of the Year: Duo/Group for Downtown.

Lee Brice's I Drive Your Truck was voted Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist.

Carrie Underwood's Blown Away, was Music Video of the Year: Female.

Song of the Year went to Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Brad Warren and Brent Warren for Highway Don't Care.

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