Luke Bryan takes top honors with 9 trophies at 2012 American Country Awards

Dierks Bentley performs during the American Country Awards on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)

Photo by Al Powers

Dierks Bentley performs during the American Country Awards on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)

LAS VEGAS — On the red carpet before American Country Awards in Las Vegas, Trace Adkins swore he wouldn’t tote his tiny, Tony Award-winning co-host Kristin Chenoweth onto the stage in a Baby Bjorn like last year. He brought her out in a hot-pink baby sling instead.

The co-hosts kept the mood playful in Sin City — handing the sling over to Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, who just announced she is expecting her first child — while Luke Bryan took nine awards, the most of the evening.

Other big winners at the live show from Mandalay Bay Events Center included Miranda Lambert with three awards including Female Single of the Year for “Over You.” She thanked husband Blake Shelton for co-writing the song, and she said she’s Tivoing him on “The Voice” and hoped he was Tivoing her as well as they were featured in competing television time slots on Monday night.

“Honey, we won an award and I’m really excited,” she shouted out to him via television. “Fans, thank you so much.”

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