The fans of country music love Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line and they proved it again Tuesday during the American Country Awards.

Bryan was named artist of the year and Florida Georgia Line was the top winner, with six trophies, including new artist and single of the year for the "Cruise" remix with Nelly.

Blake Shelton was next with four awards, including album of the year for "Based on a True Story ... ."

The "Highway Don't Care" team-up of Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban continued to rake in trophies, winning three, including song of the year. Bryan also won touring artist of the year along with the night's top honor, and his three wins give him 12 ACA awards in the show's four-year history. The win comes about eight months after the Academy of Country Music also gave him its top award.

"It's been the most amazing year of my life," Bryan said. "It started amazingly and it's ending amazingly."

The fan-voted awards show highlighted a split between everyday listeners and the music industry when it comes to Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and the popularity of the so-called bro country movement. Bryan and FGL, the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, are the year's top male country music acts. Bryan has the top-selling country album released in 2013 and FGL set a record for weeks atop the country singles chart. Both were left off the Grammy Awards nomination last week, however, and have been at the center of the debate over modern mainstream country.

NASCAR driver Danica Patrick co-hosted the Fox broadcast with Trace Adkins, cramming her gargantuan colleague into a tiny smart car in an opening skit that included an Elvis impersonator and handcuffs. She later appeared in a line of showgirls clad in sequins and flowing orange and pink plumage before making fun of the size of her own breasts by assuring fans there'd be no wardrobe malfunction. A short time later Adkins showed up in the showgirl outfit, providing the night's most jarring moment.

Lady Antebellum opened the show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with the trio's Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley making their way through a glow stick-waving crowd as they sang "Compass." Jake Owen invited ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons to join him on "Days of Gold" and former rockers Sheryl Crow and Darius Rucker teamed up on a medley of hits, including Rucker's "Wagon Wheel." LeAnn Rimes paid tribute to Patsy Cline with a medley of the star's hits, including "Crazy."

Taylor Swift, the night's top nominee with eight, won the worldwide touring award and gave an acceptance speech taped, appropriately enough, in Australia where she's on tour. Female artist of the year Miranda Lambert also was a multiple winner with two awards and Brad Paisley was presented with the ACAs Video Vanguard Award.

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  • Luke Bryan

    Luke Bryan poses backstage with the awards for artist of the year, artist of the year: male, and touring artist of the year, backstage at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Brian Kelley, Tyler Hubbard

    Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, of musical group Florida Georgia Line, pose backstage with the awards for artist of the year: new artist, single of the year, single of the year: new artist, music video of the year: new artist, most played radio track, and most played radio track, new artist, for "Cruise" at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Scotty McCreery

    Scotty McCreery poses backstage with the award for artist of the year: breakthrough artist at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley

    From left, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, of musical group Lady Antebellum, pose backstage with the award for single of the year: group and artist of the year: group, at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Darius Rucker, Sheryl Crow

    Darius Rucker, left, and Sheryl Crow perform at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

  • LeAnn Rimes

    LeAnn Rimes performs a tribute to Patsy Cline at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

  • Hillary Scott

    Hillary Scott, of musical group Lady Antebellum, poses backstage at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Randy Houser

    Randy Houser poses backstage with the award for most played radio track: male at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Luke Bryan

    Luke Bryan, winner of the awards for artist of the year, artist of the year: male, and touring artist of the year, poses backstage at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • LeAnn Rimes

    LeAnn Rimes poses backstage at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Trace Adkins, Danica Patrick

    Trace Adkins, left, and Danica Patrick speak on stage at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

  • Trace Adkins

    Trace Adkins performs at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

  • Brian Kelley, Tyler Hubbard

    Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, of musical group Florida Georgia Line, perform at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

  • Trace Adkins

    Trace Adkins performs at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

  • LeAnn Rimes

    LeAnn Rimes performs a tribute to Patsy Cline at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

  • Luke Bryan

    Luke Bryan accepts the artist of the year award onstage at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

  • Joe Buck, Luke Bryan

    Joe Buck presents the artist of the year award to Luke Bryan onstage at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

  • Thomas Rhett

    Thomas Rhett performs onstage at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

  • Olivia Newton-John

    Olivia Newton-John speaks on stage at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

  • Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery

    Lauren Alaina, left, and Scotty McCreery speak on stage at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

  • Brad Paisley

    Video Visionary award-winner Brad Paisley performs onstage at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

  • Shawna Thompson, Keifer Thompson

    Shawna Thompson, left, and Keifer Thompson, of musical group Thompson Square, present an award at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

  • Dan King, Carrie Keagan

    Dan King, left, and Carrie Keagan speak in the audience at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

  • Big Smo, Cowboy Troy

    Big Smo, right, and Cowboy Troy present the award for album of the year at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

  • Kellie Pickler

    Kellie Pickler performs at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

  • Trevor Brazile, Shada Brazile

    Trevor Brazile, right, and Shada Brazile present the male artist of the year award onstage at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

  • Jake Owens, Billy Gibbons

    From left, Jake Owens and Billy Gibbons perform onstage at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

  • Joe Nichols, Sara Evans

    Joe Nichols, left, and Sara Evans present the award for single of the year at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

  • Jewel, Sheryl Crow

    Sheryl Crow, right, and Jewel arrive at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)