Last night, country music elite gathered in Nashville to celebrate their craft and their genre at the 46th edition of the Country Music Association Awards. Blake Shelton was the night’s biggest winner, taking the Male Vocalist of the Year award and the top Entertainer of the Year honor, as well watching a trophy to be shared with his wife Miranda Lambert for Song of the Year. Check out a full list of winners below.
Arguably country’s biggest star, Taylor Swift has taken the top prize twice before, but walked empty handed this year. The night was far from a bust for her, though, as she was given the stage for a dreamy performance of “Begin Again.” “Begin Again” is is about as country as Red gets, but still, it tests her bounty bonafides when it finds her counting her “James Taylor” records. The performance was even less country yet, as the stage set swept her from Nashville to a petite Parisian cafe. She wore a pretty red dress, and she sounded strong and confident coo-ing those “I do’s.” The crowd seemed to agree: they stood in ovation at the end of it, and of course Tay was struck once again by a case of the surprise face. Aww!
Who won what? Here’s a full list of this year’s winners:
Entertainer of the Year: Blake Shelton
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
New Artist of the Year: Hunter Hayes
Album of the Year: Eric Church, “Chief”
Song of the Year: Miranda Lambert, “Over You”
Vocal Duo of the Year: Thompson Square
Single of the Year: Little Big Town, “Pontoon”
Music Video of the Year: “Red Solo Cup,” Toby Keith
Musical Event of the Year: “Feel Like A Rock Star,” Kenny Chesney (duet with Tim McGraw)
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally (Guitar)