2009 ACM Awards Winners: Carrie Underwood wins entertainer of the year

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Carrie Underwood was named entertainer of the year at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, the first female act to win the honor since the Dixie Chicks did it back in 2000.

Jamey Johnson took home song of the year honors and Rascal Flatts won their seventh in a row for top vocal group.

Another winner at the event was Brad Paisley. He took the award for Top Male Vocalist. “I wish I could be there but I didn’t want to take the chance of missing the birth of our next child,” the singer, who was absent from the ceremony, said in a video message.

Hosted by Reba McEntire, the event took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The party kicked off with an ensemble performance by Brooks & Dunn, featuring Taylor Swift, Sugarland, Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts.

The complete list of winners is as follows:

Entertainer of the Year
Carrie Underwood

Album of the Year
Fearless, Taylor Swift

Top Male Vocalist
Brad Paisley

Top Female Vocalist
Carrie Underwood

Top Vocal Group
Rascal Flatts

Top Vocal Duo
Sugarland

Top New Male Vocalist
Jake Owen

Top New Female Vocalist
Julianne Hough

Top New Vocal Duo or Group
Zac Brown Band

Single Record of the Year
“You’re Gonna Miss This”, Trace Adkins

Song of the Year
“In Color”, Jamey Johnson

Video of the Year
“Waitin’ on a Woman”, Brad Paisley

Vocal Event of the Year
“Start a Band”, Brad Paisley with Keith Urban