LAS VEGAS, May 15 (UPI) -- Two singers and a quartet were named country's best newcomers Tuesday at the 42nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas
Rodney Atkins, heard on the airways with "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)," was named ACM's top new male vocalist.
"Thank you guys so much," Atkins said, thanking his wife, family "and all the fans for listening with all your hearts."
His female counterpart was Miranda Lambert, who thanked her family, band and crew, saying "You make it so worth it." She also recognized her record company and "most of all the fans, thank you so much."
Little Big Town won the award for Top New Duo or Vocal Group.
"We want to thank all the artists who inspire us every day," said Karen Fairchild. "And to our country fans -- you guys gave us our career!"