Here are some highlights from the show and complete winner’s list!
Best Show Open: Welcome to the ACAs, and say hello to the handsome and talented Luke Bryan (and his charming smile and swaying hips). Do we really have to say it? Swoon.
Size Really Does Matter: The massive difference in height between Chenoweth and Adkins proved to be an entertaining factor. Especially when the duo walked out with Trace carrying his cohost in a pink baby sling. Yup, that happened.
Coolest Award: Each winner got a guitar! Yes, a guitar.
Flirt Machine: OK, Kristin Chenoweth, we see you. The li’l lady was flirtin’ up a storm with any single guy in the audience. Hey, she told us, she’s single and loving it (despite thoseJake Pavelka dating rumors).
Worst Assumption: Guessing who would snag the New Artist of the Year award reminded us you should never assume. Unless your guess is Lauren Alaina. The newbie andAmerican Idol runner-up beat out Miranda Lambert‘s group, Pistol Annies and cutieHunter Hayes.
Collabo of the Night: Adkins took the stage alongside Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd!
Best Outfit: Chenoweth had about a million wardrobe changes throughout the night, but herHoney Boo Boo getup (and impersonation) was the best by far.
Worst Let Down: Unfortunately, Carrie Underwood didn’t give Rodney Carrington the big smooch he was expecting when he presented her with the Female Artist of the Year award, just a peck on the cheek. So much for those flowers and chocolates.
Random Appearance: Why, hello Carmen Electra. Didn’t think we’d see you presenting here, but OK. And it’s ACAs, not “ACEs,” but that’s OK, too.
It’s Magic! Although Miranda Lambert would have won Single of the Year by a Female Artist, regardless, it was still cool to see Penn & Teller announce her win through a magic trick.
Best (Almost) Spill: Chenoweth was able to (kinda) play off almost falling on stage (a couple times) while performing “What Would Dolly Do.” She was just too excited.
New Friends: American Idol judge Keith Urban invited young musicians from his Grammy Camp to perform with him onstage, which was both sweet and entertaining.
Holiday Spirit: The show left us with Lady Antebellum singing one of their Christmas jingles, Trace Adkins in an elf costume and Kristin Chenoweth looking like a “holiday hooker.” Gotta love this time of year.
Here’s the complete winner’s list from the 2012 American Country Awards:
Artist of the Year: Luke Bryan
Artist of the Year: Male: Luke Bryan
Artist of the Year: Female: Carrie Underwood
Artist of the Year: Group: Lady Antebellum
Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist: Jake Owen
Artist of the Year: New Artist: Lauren Alaina
Album of the Year: Luke Bryan, Tailgates and Tanlines
Single of the Year: Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night to End”
Single of the Year: Male: Luke Bryan, ”I Don’t Want This Night to End”
Single of the Year: Female: Miranda Lambert, “Over You”
Single of the Year: Group: Lady Antebellum, “We Owned the Night”
Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, “Remind Me”
Music Video of the Year: Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night to End”
Music Video of the Year: Male: Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night To End”
Music Video of the Year: Female: Miranda Lambert, “Over You”
Music Video of the Year: Group or Collaboration: Little Big Town, “Pontoon”
Touring Artist of the Year: Jason Aldean