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The Big American Country Awards Winners Open Up Backstage

Image courtesy of Fox (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Fox (via ABC News Radio)

Luke Bryan was nominated for seven American Country Awards Monday night, but he ended up being the night's big winner with nine wins including Artist of the Year. Two of those awards were in honor of his big radio airplay for "I Don't Want This Night to End." After the show, Luke did think it a little strange he had more wins than nominations though.

He said, "I needed some of that back when I was taking algebra at Lee County High -- some of those averages."

Luke was left speechless by the wins saying, "I don't know how to formulate a series of words that can truly tell how appreciative I am for the fans for voting and making a night like this possible."

Carrie Underwood didn't hear the announcer say she'd won Single of the Year, Vocal Collaboration with Brad Paisley for "Remind Me" as she took the stage to accept her Female Artist of the Year award. She took time out backstage to thank Brad for the song.

"I do love the song so much," Carrie said, "and Brad's one of my favorite people in the whole world."

Little Big Town 's Video of the Year by a Group win with "Pontoon" capped off their most successful year to date. Band member Jimi Westbrook thanked their fans backstage saying, "The fans are the reason that these shows can go on here tonight and the reason we’re on the road and we can have songs on the radio. It’s all about them, and we’re just so grateful."

Lady Antebellum 's Charles Kelley echoed those thoughts since the fans voted them Group of the Year. He said, "Any time you see them kind of coming to the table and voting and getting online and voting for us and kind of taking time out of their day, it definitely means a lot."

Jake Owen took home the Breakthrough Award Monday night, and he was quick to give the people on his team credit for getting him to this point. Jake said, "It should be Group award with everybody that's helped me get this award from radio to my band to my fans to everyone."

Miranda Lambert accepted three awards for her hit "Over You," co-written with her husband Blake Shelton . He couldn’t be at the ACAs because he had to appear on the live broadcast of The Voice on NBC. Miranda was OK with that though saying, "I think that you have to have your separate lives, your separate hobbies. Something to talk about when you get home, you know?"

Keith Urban shared the stage with student musicians from the Grammy Camp for a rendition of the blues classic "Crossroads." Keith loved shining a light on these kids and the leg up they get through the work of the Grammy Foundation.

"You know, these kids come through these camps and they really play. They can really, really play," Keith explains. "So, I thought if we could do a fully self-contained band with just all these guys, then people would see what they do and how good they are."

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