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Scotty McCreery Wins New Artist of the Year

Entertainment Tonight, Monday, December 5, 2011, 8:44pm (PST)

Entertainment Tonight.

American Idol winner Scotty Mcreery has become a bona fide star since his days on the singing competition. On Monday night the American Music Awards recognized Scotty's country star status.

The young crooner humbly accepted his guitar award for Artist of the Year, saying, "I want to thank my Lord and savior Jesus Christ, he's the one that got me here ... and a big birthday shout out to my mom. It's her birthday today."

MORE: Scotty McCreery Makes Billboard History

Jason Aldean and country legend Toby Keith were also big winners of the night, taking home Artist of the Year and Artist of the Decade, respectively.

MORE: Scotty McCreery Premieres I Love You This Big

Kristin Chenoweth and Trace Adkins squared off as competing co-hosts for the award show. Kristin made a grand entrance wearing a robe and boxing gloves, delivering a few light jabs to Trace's midsection.

Of course the fighting was just for show as Trace later embraced Kristin, the self-proclaimed "Four Feet of Fury", calling her someone that he always enjoys listening to.

Other notable awards included:Album of the Year: My Kinda Party, Jason AldeanSingle of the Year: Voices, Chris YoungMusic Video of the Year: Who Are You When I'm Not Looking, Blake SheltonTouring Headline Package of the Year: Jason Aldean

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