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Swift repeats as top country music entertainer; Lambert is winner for album of year

Taylor Swift has won her second straight entertainer of the year trophy at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

She bested her all-male competitors, including four-time winner Kenny Chesney, on Sunday night.

The 22-year-old superstar had the second-best-selling album of 2011 with her multiplatinum "Speak Now," and Billboard recently named her as its top moneymaker of the last year, raking in an estimated $35 million. She won two Grammys for her song "Mean" earlier this year, and just Saturday, first lady Michelle Obama lauded Swift at the Kids Choice Awards for her charity work.

Swift also beat out Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean.

Miranda Lambert won album of the year, the third of her young career, while Aldean won two trophies, including single record of the year for "Don't You Wanna Stay."

Lambert shouted "Seriously?" to her fans as she picked up the trophy for "Four the Record," beating out a field that included Kenny Chesney, the night's top nominee with nine.

"I own every record in this category and I've been listening and listening," said Lambert, who got a hug from her grandmother and close friends Lady Antebellum before accepting her award. "Every record is amazing, and I'm so thrilled. I will never take this trophy for granted. My albums are my babies. It's what makes me wake up in the mornings."

Celebrated as one of country's hottest young stars, she's always had a special relationship with ACM voters. They've rewarded her time and again.

Lambert's win wasn't the only surprise of the evening. The Eli Young Band's smash "Crazy Girl" brought the Texas quartet its first win in Las Vegas, for song of the year, and it was something of an upset over superstar acts like Chesney and Lady Antebellum (though the trio did win vocal group of the year). EYB lead singer Mike Eli hoped the group's win was an inspiration for people who hope to someday do the same thing.

It was the second big upset of the awards -- Thompson Square took vocal duo of the year over Sugarland in an early award. Other preshow winners were Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, who won vocal event of the year for their "Don't You Wanna Stay," and Toby Keith for video of the year for "Red Solo Cup."

Carrie Underwood kicked off the night with a hard-charging blast of rock 'n' roll and a sexy black and magenta mini-dress for hew new single "Good Girl," a warning shot to those looking for a lot of twang out of the show.

The ACMs are a celebration of what country has become, with arena rockers like lead nominees Chesney being joined by a wave of 20-something upstarts like Taylor Swift, Lady A, double nominee Chris Young top new artist nominees Scotty McCreery, Brantley Gilbert and Hunter Hayes, who've incorporated new sounds into the genre.

Reba McEntire and Shelton returned as co-hosts and the Zac Brown Band headlined the ACM Fan Jam, a satellite show at nearby Mandalay Bay.

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