04/18/2010 AT 11:00 PM ET
Nashville joined hands with Vegas Sunday night for the 45th Academy of Country Music Awards – where comedy was often king and Lady Antebellum was crowned queen.
“We’ve had a great year in country music,” declared host Reba McEntire from the stage of the capacity-filled MGM Grand Garden Arena, “lots of songs about cowboy Casanovas, white liars and two-timin’ men – and I’d like to thank Jesse James and Tiger Woods for inspiring us all.”
While the men may have inspired, in the course of the three-hour, performance-heavy evening it was the women who commanded the spotlight – starting with an opening act comprised of this year’s (and last year’s) entertainer of the year Carrie Underwood and eventual double winner Miranda Lambert, and culminating with multiple winner Lady Antebellum, who in fact are the co-ed trio of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood.
In all, Lady A took home three awards, for song of the year, single of the year and vocal group. Brad Paisley was named male vocalist of the year, while Miranda Lambert won as female vocalist and for album of the year. Underwood’s honor is unprecedented, as she is now the first woman to win two entertainer of the year awards.
During her acceptance speech, she said her cell phone was ringing.
Brad Needs Matt’s Shirt
In a night aglow with body glitter and many spray tans, guest presenter Matthew McConaughey gifted Underwood with a pair of boots – in answer to a request she made at last year’s ceremony. He also delivered the male vocalist award to Brad Paisley, who was still wet from having just performed his number “Water.”
“Can I borrow you shirt?” Paisley asked the actor. “You’re used to not wearing one.”
While presenting McConaughey also said, “After the show last year, my lady and I, Camila, we went back to the hotel and conceived the little lady that is now our daughter, Vida Alves McConaughey I promise you, me and Camila are not going to try and get so lucky this year.”
Lady A’s Fans
In accepting the first major award of the night, song of the year for “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum’s Scott thanked the group’s families and gave a shout out to “the fans – thank you!”