- Associated Press - Monday, December 5, 2011

Carrie Underwood’s fans have come through for her again, giving her another win at The American Country Awards.

Underwood, last year’s top winner with six awards, won female single of the year for “Mama’s Song” on Monday night in Las Vegas.

As expected, the show’s focus was squarely on country music’s youth movement with 20-somethings taking in the early haul of Fender Telecaster trophies and performances slots. Chris Young was the show’s early leader, earning breakthrough artist and single of the year for “Voices.”

Co-host Kristin Chenoweth, brought in to keep returning host Trace Adkins in line, added zing to the show. The diminutive Broadway star entered the MGM Grand Garden Arena in boxing gloves, a fighter’s robe and impossibly tall high heels, tossing jabs at her 6-foot-6 counterpart while running circles around him.

She then challenged him to a singing contest. After she required him to sing “Oklahoma,” she dropped the robe to reveal an artificially enhanced posterior and launched into Adkins‘ hit “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.” Later, Adkins carried her on stage strapped to his chest in a baby carrier.

Jason Aldean, the night’s top nominee with Zac Brown Band at 8, won album of the year for “My Kinda Party” and Blake Shelton won video of the year for “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking.” He dedicated the win to his father, who has “been having a pretty rough couple of weeks.”

Dick Shelton is the hospital with pneumonia,

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