SEE WHO TOOK HOME COUNTRY MUSIC’S HIGHEST HONORS
Country Music’s Biggest Night™ lived up to its name, with lively performances, memorable collaborations and plenty of first-time CMA Awards winners! Enjoying their first CMA Awards wins were Eric Church for Album of the Year (Chief); Little Big Town earning both Vocal Group of the Year and Single of the Year (“Pontoon”); Hunter Hayes, who claimed New Artist of the Year; and Thompson Square, named Vocal Duo of the Year. The night belonged to Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, who repeated wins for Male and Female Vocalist of the Year, respectively, for the third consecutive time. The superstar couple also accepted Song of the Year for co-writing “Over You,” and Shelton earned the top prize in Country Music − CMA Entertainer of the Year.
Hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley turned in stirring performances − hers an effects-laden production of “Blown Away” and his a subtle rendition of “Southern Comfort Zone” that began with a salute to those affected by Hurricane Sandy and built to a gospel choir finale. Other notable performances included the show opener featuring Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Eric Church, and the show-capping finale − an all-star tribute to Willie Nelson featuring Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and Nelson himself.
– Country Music Academy