Florida Georgia Line most likely got tired from collecting all of its awards, having earned six prizes, more than double what any other performer won (except for Shelton). The pair-Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard-won Single of The Year for its hit "Cruise," Artist of The Year (in the New Artist category), and Music Video of The Year for a new artist as well. Shelton won Album of The Year for Based On A True Story... as well as Single of The Year: Male for "Sure Be Cool If You Did." The performer won a total of four awards.
The successes of Shelton and Florida Georgia Line weren't enough to keep Luke Bryan down however. He may have won "only" three trophies, but they were Artist of The Year (and Artist of The Year: Male), as well as Best Touring Artist. The prizes bring Bryan's total up to 12-averaging three for every year of the show's existence-which also makes him the most decorated recipient in the history of the show.
Trace Adkins and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick served as hosts, with Patrick stealing most of the attention with her Las Vegas-showgirl outfit. The American Country Awards are known for its guitar-shaped prize, which Brad Paisley described as the "absolute coolest award of any award show."