Miranda Lambert sweetheart of CMAs while Brad Paisley finally wins Entertainer of the Year

Miranda Lambert prevailed with three of her record nine bids at the 44th annual CMA Awards, winning album (“Revolution”), female vocalist and video (for song of the year “The House That Built Me”). That video category was one of three where Lambert’s competition included fiance Blake Shelton. They both lost single to group of the year Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” but Shelton won musical event for collaborating with Trace Adkins on “Hillbilly Bone” as well as male vocalist.

Lambert and Lady Antebellum were among those who lost entertainer of the year to CMA co-host Brad Paisley. Paisley, who had won male vocalist the last three years running, finally took home the top prize after five consecutive losses. This year, he moved from No. 5 to No. 3 on the overall list of nominations with 52, ranking behind just George Strait (81) and Alan Jackson (79). Strait was among the veterans who performed on the three-hour ABC kudocast. 

The Zac Brown Band, which won new artist, also contended for the entertainer prize, the first act to pull off that double play since Ricky Skaggs in 1982. Rounding out the entertainer of the year field was Keith Urban, who won the award five years ago. The performer who prevails has usually sold the most concert tickets and CDs.

Last year’s champ Taylor Swift was snubbed this year, and she lost her only bid (female vocalist). Also an also-ran was CMA co-host Carrie Underwood who was nominated for album and female vocalist. She had won the singing prize three years, running beginning in 2006, before Swift prevailed last year.

Photo: Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton with their Country Music Association Awards (CMA)

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