The hottest stars and biggest hits are honored by the Academy of Country Music each year. Here's a list of the night's big winners.
Entertainer of the Year
Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney
"It's really hard to be entertainer of the year and not have the amount of people on the road that mean as much to me as my band and my crew, the catering people and the truck drivers. Everybody. I want to thank them. ... I want to thank my family back home that I don't get to see a lot of. And my dad, I want to say hey to him. His wife passed away three weeks ago, and I know he's watching tonight. ... And more importantly, to all the very passionate people that come and see us play every night, it's the most amazing time. Thank you." -- Kenny Chesney
Top Female Vocalist
Sara Evans
Sara Evans
"Oh, my gosh! Thank you so much. I just want to thank God for all the blessings in my life, my husband Craig .... the fans, my mom and dad, all my brothers and sisters. I've waited for this my whole life. Thank you, God bless you." -- Sara Evans
Top Vocal Duo
Brooks & Dunn
Brooks & Dunn
"This is kind of my partner's night tonight. I can't take much credit. He wrote that wonderful song with Craig Wiseman, "Believe." It's really fun to be part of something so strong and so special." -- Kix Brooks
Top Male Vocalist
Keith Urban
Keith Urban
"To everybody who keeps buying music, I really appreciate that. We all do. We appreciate it so much." -- Keith Urban
Top Vocal Group
Rascal Flatts
Rascal Flatts
"First, we'd just like to thank our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for always keeping his hand over us and blessing us." -- Gary LeVox
"Everybody that's part of this wonderful, wonderful ride, thank you so much. God bless each and every one of you." -- Jay DeMarcus
"Thank you, Academy of Country Music. We love you guys. Thank you so much. The fans, wow." -- Joe Don Rooney
The ACM/Home Depot Humanitarian Award
Vince Gill
Vince Gill
"The beauty of this award is that it honors the giving spirit. I have a wife that has an even better giving spirit than I do, in Amy Grant. You inspire me greatly every day." -- Vince Gill
Top New Female Vocalist
Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood
"I've got a list this time. I want to thank everyone in the Academy who voted for me. ... And, of course, everyone at American Idol. ... My fans, my family, my friends. And, of course, I wouldn't be here if God hadn't opened all the doors for me so, thank you, God." -- Carrie Underwood
Single Record of the Year
Carrie Underwood
"Jesus, Take the Wheel"
Artist: Carrie Underwood
Producer: Mark Bright
Record Label: Arista
"I can't quit crying now. There's so many people to thank. But this award is really about this man here. I want to give a special thanks to him and congratulations to you, Mark." -- Carrie Underwood
"I just want to thank my mom and dad back in Longview, Texas, my beautiful wife, my kids." -- producer Mark Bright
Vocal Event of the Year
Brad Paisley
"When I Get Where I'm Going"
Artists: Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton
Producers: Chris DuBois, Frank Rogers
Record Label: Arista Nashville
Award was presented prior to the telecast.
Top New Duo or Vocal Group
Sugarland
Sugarland
"Thank you so much. This is the first award we've ever won that's actually for country music, and it's so exciting." -- Jennifer Nettles
"And today is my son's fourth birthday. So Tucker, go to bed. Happy birthday, buddy." -- Kristian Bush
Video of the Year
Brad Paisley
"When I Get Where I'm Going"
Artists: Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton
Director: Jim Shea
Award was presented prior to the telecast.
Top New Male Vocalist
Jason Aldean
Jason Aldean
"If I can follow in the footsteps of the guys that have won this before me, I'll be doing all right, so thank you very much." -- Jason Aldean
Album of the Year
Brad Paisley
Time Well Wasted
Artist: Brad Paisley
Producers: Chris DuBois, Frank Rogers
Record Label: Arista Nashville
"I always wanted to win this award." -- Brad Paisley
"All the players, all the engineers, all the musicians, songwriters, my wife, my family, love you. And Brad Paisley." -- producer Frank Rogers
Song of the Year
Brooks & Dunn
"Believe"
Songwriters: Ronnie Dunn, Craig Wiseman
Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing Co. (BMI), Showbilly Music (BMI) and Big Loud Shirt Industries (ASCAP)
"So many people went out on a limb to push this song. So many people went beyond the call of duty." -- Ronnie Dunn
"There's a lady in Hattiesburg, Miss., named Elma Dennis, that called me one night and told me my songs came from God. Elma, your faith touched me. You believe, and I believe." -- Craig Wiseman
Pioneer Awards
Little Jimmy Dickens

Kris Kristofferson

Bill Monroe (posthumously)

Earl Scruggs
Tex Ritter Award
Walk the Line film
Jim Reeves Memorial Award
Louise Scruggs
Producer of the Year
Buddy Cannon
Audio Engineer of the Year
Justin Niebank
Radio Station of the Year -- Major Market
WFMS Indianapolis
Radio Station of the Year -- Medium Market
WUSY Chattanooga, Tenn.
Radio Station of the Year -- Small Market (Tie)
WGSQ Cookeville, Tenn.

WYCT Pensacola, Fla.
On-Air Personality of the Year -- National
Blair Garner
After MidNite
On-Air Personality of the Year -- Major Market
Gerry House and the House Foundation
WSIX Nashville
On-Air Personality of the Year -- Medium Market
Scott Innes
WYNK Baton Rouge, La.
On-Air Personality of the Year -- Small Market
Becky Austin and Brad Austin
KLUR Wichita Falls, Texas
Venue of the Year
Mohegan Sun Casion
Uncasville, Conn.
Nightclub of the Year
Billy Bob's
Fort Worth, Texas
Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year
Suzanne Wilson
Wilson Events, Inc.
Promoter of the Year
Louis Messina
The Messina Group
Musicians of the Year
Michael Rhodes (Bass)

Jonathan Yudkin (Fiddle)

Pat Buchanan (Guitar)

Shannon Forrest (Percussion/Drums)

Mike Rojas (Piano/Keyboards)

Bryan Sutton (Specialty Instrument)

Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)