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Everything went to script Sunday night at the Academy of Country Music Awards until the end -- when Luke Bryan pulled off an amazing upset and won entertainer of the year.

Bryan beat out some of country music's top winners, including two-time winner Taylor Swift, in an upset that few would have predicted. The 36-year-old Georgia native recently began headlining his first arena tour and was the co-host of this year's show.

After an emotional speech, co-host Blake Shelton held Bryan up and joked that he won in his "first and last year as co-host" of the awards.

Bryan is the first male winner of the award since 2007 when Kenny Chesney won the first fan-voted award. Swift and Underwood have won two apiece since then.

Oklahoma husband-and-wife stars Shelton and Miranda Lambert won song of the year for their tearjerker they wrote "Over You." Lambert also took home the female vocalist of the year trophy.

In the performance of the night,  Oklahoman Garth Brooks teamed up with George Strait and the legends performed together for the first time in history, and to honor Dick Clark.

The performance by the two most recent winners of the ACM's artist of the decade award was symbolic. That award was renamed for Clark, the entertainment icon and longtime producer of the ACM Awards who died last year.

Brooks retired from touring in 2000 and just finished a three-year stint in Las Vegas. He has said he will put on a world tour "sometime" after his youngest daughter graduates from high school in 2014.

Strait announced last year that his 2013 tour would be his last, but he is not retiring from making music.

2013 ACM Awards Winners:

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan — WINNER

Miranda Lambert

Blake Shelton

Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jason Aldean — WINNER

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

Toby Keith

Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist of the Year

Miranda Lambert — WINNER

Martina McBride

Kacey Musgraves

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year

Big and Rich

Florida Georgia Line

Love and Theft

Sugarland

Thompson Square — WINNER

Vocal Group of the Year

The Band Perry

Eli Young Band

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town — WINNER

Zac Brown Band

New Artist of the Year

Jana Kramer

Brantley Gilbert

Florida Georgia Line — WINNER

Album of the Year

Carrie Underwood, ‘Blown Away'

Eric Church, ‘Chief' — WINNER

Taylor Swift, ‘Red'

Luke Bryan, ‘Tailgates and Tanlines'

Little Big Town, ‘Tornado'

Song of the Year

Lee Brice, ‘A Woman Like You'

Eli Young Band, ‘Even if It Breaks Your Heart'

Miranda Lambert, ‘Over You' — WINNER

Eric Church, ‘Springsteen'

Hunter Hayes, ‘Wanted'

 

Single Record of the Year

Eli Young Band, ‘Even if It Breaks Your Heart'

Miranda Lambert, ‘Over You' — WINNER

Little Big Town, ‘Pontoon'

Eric Church, ‘Springsteen'

Hunter Hayes, ‘Wanted'

Video of the Year

Eric Church, ‘Creepin'

Hunter Hayes, ‘Wanted'

Little Big Town, ‘Tornado' — WINNER

Kacey Musgraves, ‘Merry go round'

Taylor Swift, ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together'

Zac Brown Band, ‘ The Wind'

Vocal Event of a Year

Kelly Clarkson (Feat. Vince Gill), ‘Don't Rush'

Rascal Flatts (Feat. Natasha Bedingfield) ‘Easy'

Kenny Chesney (Feat. Tim McGraw), ‘Feel Like a Rock Star'

David Nail (Feat. Sarah Buxton), ‘Let It Rain' buxton

Jason Aldean (Feat. Luke Bryan and Eric Church) ‘The Only Way I Know' — WINNER


Songwriter of the Year

Rodney Clawson

Dallas Davidson

Josh Kear

Luke Laird

Shane McAnally

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