Keith Urban early leader at ACM Awards with 3

CHRIS TALBOTT AP Music Writer Published:

The Band Perry opened The Academy of Country Music Awards a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll with a sexy version of their hit "Chainsaw," but it was Keith Urban who was ripping through the awards as they opened.

The "American Idol" judge was the early leader Sunday night, cashing in by teaming up with his super friends. He won two trophies as producer and performer when he and Miranda Lambert won vocal event of the year for their duet "We Were Us" before the awards.

And his "Highway Don't Care" collaboration with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift won video of the year.

Lambert and McGraw are the top nominees with seven apiece and Urban is up for six.

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