George Strait pulled off a shocking upset at the CMA Awards, winning Entertainer of the Year for the third time in his career. It was his first victory in the category since his consecutive wins in 1989 and 1990.
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Taylor Swift was also a big winner. She shared Musical Event and Music Video of the Year with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban for “Highway Don’t Care,” and she won the special Pinnacle Award for her singular international success.
Blake Shelton won Entertainer of the Year last year, but though he couldn’t defend his title he won a pair of major prizes: Album of the Year (“Based on a True Story“), his first win in that category, and Male Vocalist of the Year, his fourth win in that race.
Shelton’s wife Miranda Lambert also extended her winning streak, taking Female Vocalist of the Year for the fourth straight time.
25-year-old singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves was warmly welcomed by the CMAs, winning one of her six nominations: New Artist of the Year.
Little Big Town won one of their four nominations: Vocal Group of the Year, their second consecutive win in the category.