Married country stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert reigned supreme at the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday night (06Nov13) after picking up Male and Female Vocalist of the Year awards. Shelton also took home Album of the Year for Based on a True Story.
Florida Georgia Line were another winning duo - they claimed Vocal Duo of the Year and Single of the Year for their crossover hit, Cruise.
'King of Country' George Strait was honoured with the biggest prize of the night, Entertainer of the Year, marking his third win in the category, but his first since 1990.
He remembered his late father, who died in June (13), in his acceptance speech, saying, "My dad's been having some pretty good conversations up there."
Country music sweetheart Taylor Swift became only the second artist ever to be presented with the Pinnacle Award, and she was left speechless when Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, George Strait and Keith Urban all took the stage to salute her. Swift opened for each of the acts earlier in her career.
The Love Story singer eventually said, "They told me this was going to happen, but I didn't know it was going to be all this. My parents aren't just crying, they're bawling at this point."
She then honoured the country artists who have helped her throughout her career, stating George Strait, "taught me to play the songs your fans want to hear" and McGraw and Hill, "have a style that is a pinnacle I will never reach."
The evening was also filled with a plethora of performances, including sets from Luke Bryan, who opened the show, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Tim McGraw, and co-hosts Carrie Underwood and Paisley.
In addition, some of country's biggest names teamed up for special collaborations - Lambert joined Urban; Swift hit the stage with Alison Krauss and Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes and Jason Mraz teamed up and and the Zac Brown Band performed with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.
Alan Jackson and George Strait also came together for a tribute to the late George Jones, while Kenny Rogers was feted for his tremendous career by Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker and Rascal Flatts.
The full list of winners at the 2013 Country Music Association Awards is:
Entertainer of the Year: George Strait
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
Album of the Year: Based on a True Story by Blake Shelton
Single of the Year: Cruise by Florida Georgia Line
Song of the Year: I Drive Your Truck by Lee Brice
Musical Event of the Year: Highway Don't Care by Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
Music Video of the Year: Highway Don't Care by Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
New Artist of the Year: Kacey Musgraves
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally
Pinnacle Award: Taylor Swift
Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award: Kenny Rogers
Taylor Swift saw a lot of green earlier this week when her fourth album, Red, sold a whopping 1.2 million copies in its first week, but did she also see gold at the 46th annual Country Music Awards? Despite her three nominations, the young singer — who was nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Musical Event of the Year — had plenty of competition: Swift faced off against country giants like Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, and Jason Aldean and pop greats like Kelly Clarkson and... Snoop Dogg(?!).
But did Swift get the chance to break out her patented surprise face during Thursday night's awards, hosted by Brad Paisley and Underwood? Or did country power couple Lambert and Blake Shelton find cause to celebrate? See the full winners list below to find out!
Entertainer of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year
Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town
Vocal Duo of the Year
New Artist of the Year
Album of the Year
Chief, Eric Church
Single of the Year
"Pontoon," Little Big Town
Song of the Year
"Over You," Miranda Lambert
Musical Event of the Year
"Feel Like a Rock Star," Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw
Music Video of the Year
"Red Solo Cup," Toby Keith
Musician of the Year
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Taylor Swift broke down in tears after receiving the Entertainer of the Year award at the Country Music Association Awards -- becoming the youngest person ever to win the top prize.
It was Swift's night as the 19-year-old dominated the 43rd annual event in Nashville on Wednesday, taking home gold in every category she was nominated in, including Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Fearless, and Music Video of the Year for "Love Story."
Accepting the Entertainer of the Year trophy, the Association's top prize, Swift teared up as she told the crowd, "Every single person in that category let me open up for them this year. Thank you all so much."
Brad Paisley, who hosted the show with Carrie Underwood for the second year running, picked up two trophies to add to his mantelpiece, including his third consecutive Male Vocalist of the Year.
He announced, "This was the best time I've ever had at an awards show."
Country duo Brooks & Dunn, who are set to split in 2010, took to the stage with ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons for a rousing rendition of "Honky Tonk Stomp" in their last-ever performance at the CMAs.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Entertainer of the Year: Taylor Swift
Single of the Year: "I Run to You" - Lady Antebellum
Album of the Year: Fearless - Taylor Swift
Song of the Year: "In Color" - Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller, James Otto
Female Vocalist of the Year: Taylor Swift
Male Vocalist of the Year: Brad Paisley
Vocal Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum
Vocal Duo of the Year: Sugarland
Musical Event of the Year: Start a Band - Brad Paisley (duet with Keith Urban)
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally
Music Video of the Year: "Love Story" - Taylor Swift
New Artist of the Year: Darius Rucker
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