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Underwood continues winning streak

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

Carrie, 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.

Glee's Kristin Chenoweth was brought in as co-presenter to keep returning host Trace Adkins in line. 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."

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