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Kenny Chesney Reigns Over Country Music Awards

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May 19, 2008 | 4:09am EDT

Country singer Kenny Chesney reigned supreme at the 2008 Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday--winning entertainer of the year for the fourth consecutive time.

The star took home the coveted prize, which was voted for by country music fans for the first time at this year's 43rd ceremony.

He told the star-studded audience, "This one is really actually special because long before I had a hit record, the fans always came to the shows. And I want to thank you guys for voting and for being there for me."

Other big winners on the night included Grammy winner Brad Paisley, who won the award for best male vocal and best video for his hit single "Online," and former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood who took home top female vocalist for the second year running.

Taylor Swift, who won two Country Music Television awards last month, took home the top new female vocalist prize--with Jack Ingram winning the male equivalent.

Vocal group of the year went to Rascal Flatts; vocal duo of the year was won by Brooks & Dunn; and Lady Antebellum won best new vocal group.

Sugarland scored a double for "Stay"--winning song of the year and single record of the year.

Legendary country star Garth Brooks was honored with the Academy of Country Music Crystal Milestone Award--to represent his long and successful career in the industry.

The ceremony was hosted country superstar Reba McEntire and included performances by award winners Swift and Underwood.

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