The 44th Annual Country Music Awards went off without a hitch. The buzz around town is that the performances were some of the best ever. The winners delivered the expected heart-felt acceptance speeches and then it was off to the after parties… True to form, Brad and Carrie were a hit – their comical songs and light-hearted jokes kept the show interesting. At least seven costume changes and two performances later, Carrie surely put on a show.
The comic relief delivered by Little Jimmy Dickens made the night. Everyone knows and is still feeling the effects of the May floods – but at this point people are able to get a sense of healing through laughter. Little Jimmy dressed up in snorkel equipment and sparked genuine laughter throughout the adoring crowd as he, Brad and Carrie explained the new flood warning strategy. Next time you see more rain than normal, if you hear Little Jimmy crying out for help speaking of high water, you may need to seek shelter.
The Loretta Lynn tribute was a highlight of the show – Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow had the honor of singing along with 76 year old Loretta as they sang Coal Miner’s Daughter in three part harmony; it was glorious. After this touching rendition – Loretta transitioned into being a co-presenter of the Female Vocalist of the Year award. Not only did Miranda get to sing along with one of her heroes, but Loretta was able to then hand down the honor to Miranda as she announced her as the recipient of this year’s award.
Country fans were entertained by killer performances by Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, and even Gwyneth Paltrow. In between the songs, fans and industry peers watched to see who would shine and rise to the top! Needless to say, Miranda had one of the best birthdays ever. Her husband-to-be, Blake Shelton, took home Male Vocalist of the Year and is probably still smiling. Ending the night, Brad’s emotional speech for his Entertainer of the Year win reminds everyone of the heart and humility behind country music.
Full results (with the predictions our NMB voters cast to the right):
Entertainer of the Year | Brad Paisley (50% thought M. Lambert)
Female Vocalist of the Year | Miranda Lambert (46% agreed)
Male Vocalist of the Year | Blake Shelton (26% thought B. Paisley)
New Artist of the Year | Zac Brown Band (%55 agreed)
Vocal Group of the Year | Lady Antebellum (64% agreed)
Vocal Duo of the Year | Sugarland (50% agreed)
Single of the Year | “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum (34% thought “The House that Built Me”)
Album of the Year | Revolution, Miranda Lambert (53% agreed)
Song of the Year | “The House That Built Me,” Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin (28% agreed)
Musical Event of the Year | “Hillbilly Bone,” Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins (43% agreed)
Music Video of the Year | “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert (35% thought “White Liar”)
Musician of the Year | Mac McAnally, guitar (28% thought Randy Scruggs)
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