The 2011 American Country Awards winners were announced on Dec. 5 in Las Vegas, and though it was only the second annual event, the A-list country music star showing proved that this is one awards show that’s here to stay. With so many beautiful faces and even more talent, handing out awards to name the best of the best is no easy feat.

The event, hosted by Trace Adkins and his four foot counterpart Kristin Chenoweth, shot off with a bang and a medley of hits from Adkins, which quickly turned into a funny skit between the odd pair. Later, Carrie Underwood collected the first big award of the evening for Single of the Year: Female and Chris Young grabbed Single of the Year and Breakthrough Artist of the Year, which he celebrated by performing his winning hit, ‘Voices.’

The full list of nominees are listed below, and the winners’ names appear in bold. It will be updated live as the show continues. Congratulations to the 2011 American Country Awards winners for a great year!

2011 American Country Awards Winners:

Single of the Year: Female

Sara Evans, ‘A Little Bit Stronger’

Miranda Lambert, ‘Heart Like Mine’

Reba McEntire, ‘Turn On The Radio’

Taylor Swift, ‘Mean’

Carrie Underwood, ‘Mama’s Song’ — WINNER

Single of the Year

Billy Currington, ‘Let Me Down Easy’

Tim McGraw, ‘Felt Good On My Lips’

Thompson Square, ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not’

Chris Young, ‘Voices’ — WINNER

Zac Brown Band Feat. Alan Jackson, ‘As She’s Walking Away’

Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist

Eric Church

Eli Young Band

Justin Moore

Jake Owen

Chris Young — WINNER

Music Video of the Year

Sara Evans, ‘A Little Bit Stronger’

Jerrod Niemann, ‘What Do You Want’

Blake Shelton, ‘Who are You When I’m Not Looking’ — WINNER

Thompson Square, ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not’

Josh Turner, ‘I Wouldn’t Be A Man’

Music Video: Male

Jason Aldean, ‘My Kinda Party’

Jerrod Niemann, ‘What Do You Want’

Blake Shelton, ‘Who Are You When I’m Not Looking’ — WINNER

Josh Turner, ‘I Wouldn’t Be A Man’

Keith Urban, ‘Put You In A Song’

Album of the Year

Jason Aldean, ‘My Kinda Party’ — WINNER

Kenny Chesney, ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey’

Brad Paisley, ‘This Is Country Music’

Taylor Swift, ‘Speak Now’

Keith Urban, ‘Get Closer’

Zac Brown Band, ‘You Get What You Give’

Artist of the Year: New Artist

The Band Perry

Scotty McCreery — WINNER

Jerrod Niemann

Pistol Annies

Thompson Square

Single of the Year: Duo or Group

The Band Perry, ‘You Lie’

Rascal Flatts, ‘Why Wait’

Sugarland, ‘Stuck Like Glue’

Thompson Square, ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not’ — WINNER

Zac Brown Band, ‘Colder Weather’

Single of the Year: New Artist

The Band Perry, ‘You Lie’

Craig Campbell, ‘Family Man’

The JaneDear Girls, ‘Wildflower’

Jerrod Niemann, ‘What Do You Want’

Thompson Square, ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not’ — WINNER

Music Video: New Artist

The Band Perry, ‘You Lie’

Craig Campbell, ‘Family Man’

Brett Eldredge, ‘Raymond’

Jerrod Niemann, ‘What Do You Want’

Thompson Square, ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not’ — WINNER

Artist of the Year: Female

Sara Evans

Alison Krauss

Miranda Lambert

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood — WINNER

Music Video: Female

Sara Evans, ‘A Little Bit Stronger’

Reba McEntire, ‘Turn On The Radio’

Ashton Shepherd, ‘Look It Up’

Taylor Swift, ‘Back To December’

Carrie Underwood, ‘Mama’s Song’ — WINNER

Artist of the Year: Male

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Kenny Chesney

Brad Paisley — WINNER

Blake Shelton

Artist of the Year

Jason Aldean — WINNER

Kenny Chesney

Lady Antebellum

Taylor Swift

Zac Brown Band

Single of the Year: Male

Jason Aldean, ‘My Kinda Party’ — WINNER

Luke Bryan, ‘Someone Else Calling You Baby’

Billy Currington, ‘Let Me Down Easy’

Tim McGraw, ‘Felt Good On My Lips’

Chris Young, ‘Voices’

Music Video: Duo, Group or Collaboration

Jason Aldean Feat. Kelly Clarkson, ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’ — WINNER

The Band Perry, ‘You Lie’

Lady Antebellum, ‘Hello World’

Thompson Square, ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not’

Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson, ‘As She’s Walking Away’

Artist of the Decade

Keith Urban

Brad Paisley

Garth Brooks

Rascal Flatts

Brooks and Dunn

Alan Jackson

George Strait

Kenny Chesney

Tim McGraw

Toby Keith — WINNER

Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration

Jason Aldean Feat. Kelly Clarkson, ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’ — WINNER


Kenny Chesney Feat. Grace Potter, ‘You and Tequila’

Brad Paisley Feat. Alabama, ‘Old Alabama’

Zac Brown Band Feat. Jimmy Buffet, ‘Knee Deep’

Zac Brown Band Feat. Alan Jackson, ‘As She’s Walking Away’

Touring Headline Act of the Year

Jason Aldean — WINNER


Kenny Chesney

Toby Keith

Tim McGraw

Brad Paisley

Rascal Flatts

George Strait

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

Keith Urban