Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley and George Strait were named the queen and kings of country in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday night at the 41st annual CMA Awards.
Underwood claimed the Female Vocalist of the Year award for a second successive year and Single of the Year (“Before He Cheats”), while Strait took home Song of the Year honors for “Give It Away,” and he won his sixth Album of the Year prize for It Just Comes Natural. New dad Paisley was also a double winner, taking home Best Video and Male Vocalist awards.
The night’s biggest prize, Entertainer of the Year, went to Kenny Chesney.
The highlight of the event came when former American Idol star Kellie Pickler broke down in tears during her touching performance of ballad “A Small Town Girl Made Good,” which she co-wrote about her relationship with her estranged father.
The moving performance earned her a standing ovation.
The winners were:
Single of the Year–“Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood
Song of the Year–“Give It Away” by George Strait
Vocal Group of the Year–Rascal Flatts
Vocal Duo of the Year–Sugarland
International Artist Achievement–Dwight Yoakam
Album of the Year–It Just Comes Natural by George Strait
Music Video of the Year–“Online” by Brad Paisley
Horizon Award–Taylor Swift
Musician of the Year–Jerry Douglas
Female Vocalist of the Year–Carrie Underwood
Male Vocalist of the Year–Brad Paisley
Entertainer of the Year–Kenny Chesney
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