Last night, country music’s biggest stars (not to mention welcome outsiders like Lionel Richie and Kenny Loggins, who joined Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton for a performance of “Footloose”) convened in Nashville for the CMA’s annual awards show. By the time hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood ended the ceremonies, joking that they’d see us at the Oscars, The Band Perry’s three awards had put them above the rest of the pack, their “If I Die Young” winning both single and album of the year, and the group themselves taking home New Artist of the Year over Luke Bryan and Eric Church (who somehow qualified for the category despite releasing, between the two of them, four top-ten albums before 2010). And despite losing Album of the Year to Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party, Taylor Swift came out as entertainer of the year, thanking everyone who has a made a guest appearance on her ongoing Speak Now tour, a list that includes, among others, Tim McGraw, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Kenny Chesney, and T.I.
As far as performances go, the night’s best both involved Paisley, though the first—a duet with Underwood, performing “Remind Me,” the lead single off Album of the Year nominee This is Country Music—was dominated by his co-host’s flawless vocals and the second —a run through three Glen Campbell songs with Keith Urban and Vince Gill—by the ailing man sitting in front of the stage. Meanwhile, before the show Sound of the City favorite Luke Bryan held his own reporting on the red carpet for Ellen. List of all winners below the fold.
Entertainer of the Year: Taylor Swift
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton
New Artist of the Year: The Band Perry
Vocal Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum
Vocal Duo of the Year: Sugarland
Single of the Year: “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry
Album of the Year: My Kinda Party by Jason Aldean
Song of the Year: “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry
Musical Event of the Year: “Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson
Music Video of the Year: “You and Tequila” by Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally (guitar)