2009 Entertainer of the Year winner Taylor Swift won the CMA’s top prize for a second time, defeating a quartet of male singers: Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, and Paisley. Paisley won Entertainer of the Year in 2010, but was shut out in all categories this year.
But it was nevertheless a good night for Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert. The singers, who were married last May, won Male and Female Vocalist honors for the second year in a row. Sugarland won Best Vocal Duo for the fifth consecutive time, while Lady Antebellum won Best Vocal Group for the third time. Guitarist Mac McAnally won a fourth prize for Musician of the Year.
Newcomers The Band Perry led the field with three wins: Single and Song of the Year for their triple-platinum hit “If I Die Young” as well as Best New Artist. The group is widely expected to compete in Grammy’s corresponding New Artist competition.
Aldean was close behind with two wins: Musical Event for “Dont You Wanna Stay,” his duet with Kelly Clarkson, and Album of the Year for “My Kinda Party.” Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter won Music Video of the Year for “You and Tequila.”
Gold Derby’s Inside Track correctly predicted seven out of eleven categories. The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young” defeated frontrunner “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” which had field-leading 10/9 odds, though a majority of Users correctly picked the Band Perry to prevail. Taylor Swift was strongly favored to win Album and Music Video of the Year, but lost the Album race to 9/1 underdog Aldean, but it was the Music Video race that produced the year’s biggest surprise: winner “You and Tequila” was ranked dead last with 16/1 odds; only seven Users saw that one coming.
The complete list of winners is HERE.