Wednesday night’s Country Music Awards proved quite the déjà vu experience as the top awards for Female Vocalist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Duo of the Year all went to past category winners and some of the industry’s biggest breakout stars. Country’s reigning golden girl, Taylor Swift, picked up the night’s highest honor of Entertainer of the Year — an award she won back in 2009 after releasing her second album Fearless. Taylor now joins country music legend Barbara Mandrell as the only female artist in CMA history to ever be named Entertainer of the Year twice. When accepting the award, the seemingly shocked Taylor rattled off the names of other singers and musicians who have teamed up with her this year and exclaimed how ecstatic she was. “This is thanks to all the fans who filled up those stadiums and arenas all over the world this year,” said Taylor, talking about her Speak Now headlining worldwide tour which sold out at stadiums across the country this year.
Newlyweds and current country hot couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert both won Vocalist of the Year in their respective categories for the second year in a row. The couple, who married last spring, had a banner year in 2011 as both released new albums, had chart-topping singles and skyrocketed to national notoriety. Blake was one of four celebrity judges on NBC’s hit show “The Voice” which debuted in early 2011 and both headlined acts and tours around the world.
For the fifth consecutive year, the famous duo Sugarland took home the Vocal Duo of the Year award beating out Thompson Square and Montgomery Gentry. Bandmember Jennifer Nettles performed her hit song “Run” with Matt Nathanson live on the show just minutes after accepting her award. And, no surprise here, Lady Antebellum won Vocal Group of the Year for the third time in a row. The humble group addressed the prestigious company they were in and thanked fans profusely for their support.
Sibling trio The Band Perry made big waves this past year with their song “If I Die Young” so it was no surprise that the band swept up three CMAs — the most given to any one performer all night. The Band Perry won New Artist of the Year, and both Song and Single of the Year for “If I Die Young,” which lead singer Kimberly Perry wrote herself several years ago at her home in East Tennessee.
Jason Aldean was another big winner at this year’s award show taking home both Album of the Year and Musical Event of the Year trophies for his My Kind of Party album and performance with original American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson singing “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” With his cowboy hat drawn low, Jason performed his new smash hit “Tatoos on this Town” and thanked his high school sweetheart wife Jessica and two kids during his acceptance speech.
The star-studded event was hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley and marked the CMA Awards’ 45th Anniversary. Thousands packed Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday night, November 9, to celebrate Country Music’s biggest night proving just exactly why we’re known as the legendary Music City, USA.
For a full rundown of the night’s performers, presenters and nominees, read this post I wrote earlier this week.
The 2011 CMA Awards Winners:
Entertainer of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
New Artist of the Year
The Band Perry
Vocal Group of the Year
Vocal Duo of the Year
Single of the Year
“If I Die Young” by The Band Perry
Song of the Year
“If I Die Young” by Kimberly Perry
Album of the Year
My Kinda Party, Jason Aldean
Musical Event of the Year
“Don’t You Wann Stay,” Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson
Music Video of the Year
“You and Tequila,” Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter
Musician of the Year
Mac McAnally, guitar