Musician Leon Russell, 70
Actress Linda Hunt, 67
Author Camille Paglia, 65
Singer Emmylou Harris, 65
Actor Michael Fassbender, 35
Singer Lee Dewyze, 26
Taylor Swift takes 2nd top ACMA trophy
- April 2, 2012 - 12:14 AM
LAS VEGAS - Taylor Swift has won her second straight entertainer of the year trophy at the Academy of Country Music Awards, besting her all-male competitors, including four-time winner Kenny Chesney, on Sunday night.
The 22-year-old superstar had the second best-selling album of 2011 with her multiplatinum "Speak Now."
Miranda Lambert won her third consecutive female vocalist of the year award and her record-tying third album of the year honor. Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson won two trophies for "Don't You Wanna Stay." Lambert shouted "Seriously?" to her fans as she picked up the trophy for "Four the Record."
"I will never take this trophy for granted," Lambert said. "My albums are my babies. It's what makes me wake up in the mornings."
Lambert's album win wasn't the only surprise of the evening. The Eli Young Band's smash "Crazy Girl" brought the Texas quartet its first win in Las Vegas, for song of the year. It was the second big upset of the awards -- Thompson Square took vocal duo of the year over Sugarland. "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery won the fan-voted new artist of the year.Nashville pays tribute to Earl Scruggs
Earl Scruggs was remembered Sunday as an influential, helpful and humble banjo player who put his own mark on bluegrass music. Some 2,300 mourners attended Scruggs' public funeral at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, where he played his songs for years on the Grand Ole Opry country music show and recorded his final album. "No one will ever play the banjo like Earl," Charlie Daniels, better known for his fiddle and guitar playing, told the mourners. Daniels recalled that when he was a young studio musician, Scruggs invited him to join the Earl Scruggs Revue. Scruggs, a four-time Grammy winner, died Wednesday at age 88. The pioneering banjo player and his pickin' partner Lester Flatt, a guitarist, had teamed for 20 years to become the most famous duo in bluegrass history. Performers during the service included Del McCoury, Rickey Skaggs, Bela Fleck, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Jon Randall Stewart, John McEuen, Jim Mills, Marty Stuart and Patty Loveless.
WHITNEY AUCTION: A bustier worn on stage by Whitney Houston fetched $18,750 at an auction in Beverly Hills of memorabilia from the late pop star's career. Julien's Auctions says the sale of 13 items Saturday brought in a total of $80,187 from bidders in the gallery, on the phone and online. A gray velvet gown the singer wore to music mogul Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party in 1996 went for $11,250. Pearl drop earrings worn by Houston in "The Bodyguard" sold for $2,812, while a vest she sported in the film commanded $3,437.
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