ACM Awards: Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift shine – U-T San Diego


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Luke Bryan accepts the award for entertainer of the year at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)The Associated Press

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Luke Bryan accepts the award for entertainer of the year at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Andrea Finlay, right, presents the milestone award to her daughter Taylor Swift at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)The Associated Press

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Andrea Finlay, right, presents the milestone award to her daughter Taylor Swift at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Taylor Swift accepts the milestone award at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)The Associated Press

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Taylor Swift accepts the milestone award at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Andrea Finlay presents the milestone award to her daughter Taylor Swift at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)The Associated Press

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Andrea Finlay presents the milestone award to her daughter Taylor Swift at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Andrea Finlay, right, presents the milestone award to her daughter Taylor Swift at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)The Associated Press

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Andrea Finlay, right, presents the milestone award to her daughter Taylor Swift at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Miranda Lambert poses in the press room with the milestone award and the awards for song of the year for “Automatic”, album of the year for “Platinum” and female vocalist of the year at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. Lambert won for song of the year as a writer and a singer. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)The Associated Press

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Miranda Lambert poses in the press room with the milestone award and the awards for song of the year for “Automatic”, album of the year for “Platinum” and female vocalist of the year at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. Lambert won for song of the year as a writer and a singer. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)

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Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, of Florida Georgia Line, pose in the press room with the awards for vocal event of the year for “This Is How We Roll” and vocal duo of the year at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)The Associated Press

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Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, of Florida Georgia Line, pose in the press room with the awards for vocal event of the year for “This Is How We Roll” and vocal duo of the year at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)

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Lee Brice, right, poses in the press room with Sara Reeveley and the awards for single record of the year for “I Don’t Dance” at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. Brice won the awards as a producer and a singer. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)The Associated Press

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Lee Brice, right, poses in the press room with Sara Reeveley and the awards for single record of the year for “I Don’t Dance” at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. Brice won the awards as a producer and a singer. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)

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Ronnie Dunn, left, and Kix Brooks, of Brooks & Dunn, pose in the press room with the milestone award at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)The Associated Press

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Ronnie Dunn, left, and Kix Brooks, of Brooks & Dunn, pose in the press room with the milestone award at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)

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Steven Tyler speaks on stage at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)The Associated Press

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Steven Tyler speaks on stage at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Kelly Clarkson presents the milestone award to Reba McEntire at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)The Associated Press

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Kelly Clarkson presents the milestone award to Reba McEntire at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Reese Witherspoon, left, and Sofia Vergara appear at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)The Associated Press

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Reese Witherspoon, left, and Sofia Vergara appear at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Luke Bryan, left, and Blake Shelton speak on stage after Bryan accepts the award for entertainer of the year at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)The Associated Press

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Luke Bryan, left, and Blake Shelton speak on stage after Bryan accepts the award for entertainer of the year at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Blake Shelton performs at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)The Associated Press

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Blake Shelton performs at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Garth Brooks accepts the milestone award at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)The Associated Press

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Garth Brooks accepts the milestone award at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Garth Brooks, left, and Trisha Yearwood arrive at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)The Associated Press

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Garth Brooks, left, and Trisha Yearwood arrive at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards jam-packed more than three hours of music, from classic country stars such as George Strait and Alan Jackson to contemporary favorites Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan and pop and rock stars Taylor Swift and Steven Tyler.

Even A-list celebrities and a football star took part as the awards show celebrated its 50th anniversary in a new location, the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Here’s a breakdown of the top moments from Sunday night’s show, which featured 23 performances.

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PRINCESS MIRANDA

Miranda Lambert is like the perennial winner actor Meryl Streep of country: She took home four Country Music Association Awards last year and the Grammy Award for best country album for “Platinum” this year.

And at Sunday’s ACM Awards, the native Texan won four awards and earned the 50th Anniversary Milestone Award.

“I was just proud in general of the show being here and kind of all the artists and fans got to see what we’re all about in Texas,” she said backstage. “That made me really happy. Like, my chest swelled up.”

Every album Lambert has released, aside from her 2005 debut “Kerosene,” has won the ACM Award for album of the year. This year was no exception, with “Platinum” taking the prize.

She also won her sixth consecutive female vocalist of the year Sunday and her third single record of the year (winning twice for the hit, “Automatic,” once as a singer and once as a songwriter).

Lambert was on a red-hot winning streak — and she rocked a red-hot bustier when she performed “Little Red Wagon.”

On the red carpet she wore a flowing, plunging dress, and inside the venue she donned white pants and a white top with a black sheer center.

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LORD LUKE

Luke Bryan took home his second entertainer of the year award — but the singer says he’s not jaded about winning.

“I don’t think it’s a time for me to be smooth. I don’t think it’s a time for me to be suave. I think it’s a time for me to jump up and down and celebrate. These are the days,” Bryan said backstage. “When I’m an old guy rocking in a rock chair, I’m going to go, ‘You had a doggone good time.’ And that’s my approach.”

Bryan first won the honor in 2013. He won the entertainer of the year award at the Country Music Association Awards in November.

Bryan was a double winner Sunday night: He also picked up the ACM for vocal event of the year for “This How We Roll” with Florida Georgia Line.

The country star performed and hosted the show, for a third year, with Blake Shelton.

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A SWIFT FAMILY AFFAIR

Taylor Swift returned to her country roots at the ACM Awards and celebrated with her mother and father.

A video package highlighting her career and success played before Swift was awarded the 50th Anniversary Milestone Award, also given to Lambert, Strait, Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire and Kenny Chesney.

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