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"American Idol" alum Kelly Clarkson has earned two American Country Music Awards in Las Vegas Sunday night.
The ceremony took place at Nevada's MGM Grand and honored today's hottest country music artists.
Clarkson's collaboration with Jason Aldean, "Don't You Wanna Stay," first earned the duo the award for Vocal Event of the Year.
"I kind of thought it needed a female vocal on it and Kelly was the first name I threw out," Aldean told the audience upon accepting the award. "And I'm really glad I did because she came in and made a great song, and just took it to a great place."
Clarkson added, "Thank y'all so much for welcoming me from the pop world!" Producer Michael Knox shared the award with Clarkson and Aldean.
"Don't You Wanna Stay" also earned the singers the ACM Award for Single Record of the Year.
Clarkson has earned two Grammy Awards and has sold 11.2 million albums in the U.S. The 29-year-old Texas native is best known for her songs "A Moment Like This" and "Because of You."
On Twitter, the singer's fans sounded off on her big break into the Country Music world.
"Congrats to @Jason_Aldean and @Kelly_Clarkson," wrote Country Weekly.
Claire wrote, "So glad Don't You Wanna Stay by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson won. One of my fav songs and was gutted it didn't win at the CMAs."
Hollywood Buzz posted, "ACM Winners: Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson are Country QUEENS, Ya'll!!!"
"@Kelly_Clarkson thank you for blessing my song with you amazing voice and performance," wrote Andy.
The 2012 ACM Awards were hosted by Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire. Early winners of Sunday night also included Miranda Lambert with Album of the Year and Lady Antebellum with Group of the Year.
Toby Keith earned the award for Video of the Year while Eli Young Band won Song of the Year, and Thompson Square earned Duo of the Year.
Taylor Swift earned Entertainer of the Year for the second year in a tow at the AMC Awards.
Power couple and country music superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill also attended the event.
The star-studded event also saw "Hunger Games" star Liam Hemsworth and actor Ashton Kutcher serve as presenters.