Swift wins CMA's biggest honor
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
– Taylor Swift scored the biggest honor of the night at the 45th Country Music Association awards - Entertainer of the Year.
Swift jumped to her feet and gave hugs to her mother and Tim McGraw.
"I'm so happy right now. This is for fans who filled those stadiums...all over the world this year. This is so amazing."
Swift spoke of the camaraderie from artists who sang with her during her tour, including McGraw, Usher, Jimmy Eat World, Justin Bieber and Kenny Chesney.
"You have made my year," she said. "Thank you so much."
Miranda Lambert took home the Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year over a group including Taylor Swift.
"Seriously?" said Lambert. "Thank you so much. I did not expect to get this. I'm very humbled to get this in front of these amazing females." After congratulating her husband, Blake Shelton, Lambert said, "It's going to be a good night tonight baby."
Shelton won the Country Music Association male vocalist of the year in continuation of a great year for the singer.
This was the second time Shelton won the award. "I didn't think y'all would let me get away with this two times," Shelton said.
After thanking his label, his wife Miranda Lambert, and a few others, Shelton thanked "most of all, all you freaking, crazy people out there."
Shelton took the honor over Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney.
The Band Perry had a strong night winning Best New Artist and Single and Song of the Year. The Single and Song awards were for If I Die Young. The single honor also went to producer Paul Worley. The song honor went to
Kimberly Perry, who wrote the song. "I truly believe that if 'I Die Young' would have been written with or without me, it was a song that was meant to be," she said. "But I was so excited to have pen and paper in hand when it was ready to come to earth."
Aldean took home two honors. He won Album of the Year for Aldean won album of the year for the first time for "My Kinda Party." Musical Event of the Year went to Aldean and Kelly Clarkson for Don't You Wanna Stay.
Lady Antebellum scored with Vocal Group of the Year.
Musician of the Year was given to guitarist Mac McAnally.
Music Video of the Year was awarded to You and Tequila by Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter and directed by Shaun Silva.
Sugarland took the Vocal Duo of the Year award. "I would love to dedicate this to the fans this year," said lead singer Jennifer Nettles. "Thank you, guys. Thank you to the good folks in Indiana."
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Based on a True Story
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