2013 Academy of Country Music Awards

The genre’s biggest successes – including The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and more -- and its promising talent gather to honor country music’s top stars and emerging talent at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Luke Bryan gives an emotional speech as he accepts the award for entertainer of the year at the 48th ACM Awards, held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on April 7. Mario Anzuoni / Reuters
Stevie Wonder performs "Sir Duke." He later closed the show with "Signed, Sealed, Delivered." Mario Anzuoni / Reuters
George Strait, left, and Garth Brooks teamed up to do a duet together for the first time to honor Dick Clark. Ethan Miller / Getty Images
"American Idol's" first champ, Kelly Clarkson, performs "Don't Rush." Mario Anzuoni / Reuters
From left, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift perform "Highway Don't Care." Ethan Miller / Getty Images
Miranda Lambert hugs husband Blake Shelton backstage after winning for song of the year for "Over You." The couple wrote the song together. Mario Anzuoni / Reuters
"American Idol's" season four champ, Carrie Underwood, performs "Two Black Cadillacs." Mario Anzuoni / Reuters
From left, Philip Sweet, Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town accept the vocal group of the year award. Ethan Miller / Getty Images
Eric Church performs an acoustic version of "Like Jesus Does." Ethan Miller / Getty Images
Husband-and-wife duo Shawna and Keifer Thompson of Thompson Square accept the vocal duo of the year award. They shared a passionate kiss before walking up to the stage to accept their trophies. Ethan Miller / Getty Images
From left, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum perform the song "Downtown." Mario Anzuoni / Reuters
Kenny Chesney performs "Pirate Flag." Ethan Miller / Getty Images
Angaleena Presley, left, and Miranda Lambert of Pistol Annies participated in the show's opening number, Blake Shelton's "Boys 'Round Here." Ethan Miller / Getty Images
Co-hosts Blake Shelton, left, and Luke Bryan kicked off the ceremony with a duet of Shelton's tune "Boys Round Here." They were later joined by other country stars. Mario Anzuoni / Reuters
George Strait performs "Give It All We Got Tonight." Ethan Miller / Getty Images
From left, singers Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, and Faith Hill arrive at the ceremony. Frazer Harrison/acma2013 / Getty Images Contributor
Lady Antebellum, from left, Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley are nominated for vocal group of the year. Scott is wearing a Pea in the Pod dress that shows off her baby bump. Steve Marcus / Reuters
Luke Bryan and wife Caroline smile for the cameras. Bryan is co-hosting the 48th annual awards ceremony with Blake Shelton. Steve Marcus / Reuters
Sheryl Crow, right, poses with a fan as she arrives for the ceremony. The singer is a presenter Charley Gallay/acma2013 / Getty Images Contributor
Country star Jason Aldean is performing at the awards. Steve Marcus / Reuters
From left, Neil Perry, Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry, of musical group The Band Perry are nominated for vocal group of the year. Al Powers / AP
"Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco is a presenter at this year's ceremony. Rick Diamond/acma2013 / Getty Images Contributor
"Duck Dynasty" stars Willie Robertson and Korie Robertson are presenters at the ceremony. Rick Diamond/acma2013 / Getty Images Contributor