George Strait has won the top honour, entertainer of the year, at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas where Australian star Keith Urban picked up three awards.
Strait took the fan-voted award for the second time – 25 years after he first won it in 1989.
The win comes five months after the 61-year-old singer won the same award at the rival Country Music Association Awards, an industry-voted show. Strait is a few months from finishing his final tour in June, spurring a round of nostalgia that’s come with a handful of trophies.
Fans showed their enduring love for Strait by giving him the award over arguably the genre’s top four stars: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert and show co-hosts Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton.
Urban and Miranda Lambert were the night’s top winners, taking three awards apiece. Lambert won her fifth straight female vocalist of the year award and the two teamed up to win vocal event of the year for We Were Us for which Urban won trophies as producer and performer.
Urban also picked up Music Video of the Year with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift for Highway Don’t Care.