The 44th Annual CMA Awards have crowned their winners and, to no one’s surprise, Miranda Lambert was the belle of the ball as she walked away with three wins. Other multiple winners were Lady Antebellum and Blake Shelton with two each. Meanwhile, Brad Paisley, after 6 nominations, finally claimed his first Entertainer of the Year award.
Miranda Lambert’s 2010 was capped off in a big way on Wednesday night as the blonde beauty from Texas took home three CMA trophies to go along with her three ACM awards this year. Miranda’s fantastic video for “The House That Built Me” claimed Video of the Year honors before the main telecast and during the main show she took home Album of the Year for Revolution as well as her first Female Vocalist of the Year award. An emotional Lambert accepted the Female Vocalist trophy after she performed with Loretta Lynn. In a poignant moment, Miranda thanked Loretta and Reba McEntire for paving the way for female vocalists like herself. In addition to her three wins, Miranda’s song, “The House That Built Me,” claimed Song of the Year honors for writers Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin.
At the end of the show, Tim McGraw presented the Entertainer of the Year to first-time winner, Brad Paisley. Overwhelmed with emotion, Paisley thanked his late grandfather for telling him to pick up a guitar and how he never thought it would lead to him performing in front of 20,000 fans each night. For the last five years, Brad has always been overlooked in the Entertainer category for bigger artists like Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, and last year’s winner, Taylor Swift. It was clear how much the award meant to him as he fought back tears throughout his emotional speech.
Earlier in the show, country trio Lady Antebellum looked like they could be the night’s big winners as they won the show’s first award, Single of the Year. The group’s crossover smash hit, “Need You Now,” became the group’s second single to take home Single of the Year honors. The group also claimed their second consecutive Vocal Group of the Year trophy.
In one of the night’s biggest upsets, Blake Shelton beat out perennial favorite Brad Paisley for his first Male Vocalist of the Year award. “That’s about 34 years of steps for me right there,” Shelton said while during his speech. It was clear he was not expecting to hear his name at all. Before the big show began, Shelton won his first CMA award in the Musical Event category where his hit, featuring Trace Adkins, “Hillbilly Bone” took home the award.
Other winners included Sugarland for Vocal Duo of the Year and the Zac Brown Band for New Artist of the Year.
Going back to ATC’s official predictions, I’m pleased to say that we got 8 out of the 11 winners correct! That wraps up our CMA coverage and we’ll be talkin’ about more awards shows in December when we discuss the inaugural American Country Awards followed by the Grammy awards.