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Chesney takes top country award
Kenny Chesney at the awards
Chesney paid tribute to other artists at the awards
Singer Kenny Chesney has won his third consecutive entertainer of the year trophy at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.

Chesney had also been nominated for top male vocalist but lost out to Brad Paisley. Veteran George Strait took song of the year for Give it Away.

American Idol winner Carrie Underwood took best female vocalist while Rascal Flatts were named best vocal group.

Brooks and Dunn were awarded best vocal duo for the 14th time.

Best album

Accepting the award, Chesney paid tribute to George Strait and fellow musician Keith Whitley.

"When I first started playing music, I was in college and I would go rent all my equipment and put it in the back of a pick-up truck.

"The only thing I wanted to do was cut a record as good as Keith Whitley did, and I listened to that music over and over again," he said.

Brooks & Dunn had to beat acts like Sugarland, Montgomery Gentry, Big & Rich and The Wreckers to continue their run. Ronnie Dunn worried before the show that the pair had to lose "sooner or later".

"Not this year," an exuberant Kix Brooks said as the duo claimed the trophy. "It's still as much fun as it's ever been, and we're going to keep doing it."

Underwood, who took the American Idol crown in 2005, also won album of the year for her debut release, Some Hearts.


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