At last night’s 45th Country Music Association Awards, the Band Perry — who snagged trophies for Song, Single and New Artist Of The Year — emerged as the big winners from the event, which was hosted for a fourth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Other noteworthy wins included Entertainer Of The Year, which went to Taylor Swift, and Musical Event Of The Year, which was lauded to Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson’s duet “Don’t You Wanna Stay”.
Aldean also walked away with the Album Of The Year prize for his chart mainstay My Kinda Party. He and Clarkson first debuted “Don’t You Wanna Stay” live at last year’s CMA Awards.
During Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech, she rattled off all the other artists who’ve made surprise appearances during her Speak Now Tour, including Justin Bieber, Usher, Nelly and Nicki Minaj. “One of my favorite things about this year is the camaraderie between all these artists that, I’d just make a phone call and say, hey, do you wanna come sing with me,” Swift said. “There were a lot of artists who just showed up out of the goodness of their heart — came out and performed for the fans at my shows.”
Meanwhile, married country stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert had much to celebrate — not only did Miranda’s latest LP Four The Record land a #3 debut on the Top 200 this week, they respectively won Male and Female Vocalist Of The Year at last night’s CMAs.
One particular highlight came when Lionel Richie (!) performed a medley with Little Big Town, Darius Rucker and Rascal Flatts frontman Gary LeVox that included “Deep River Woman”, “Stuck on You” and “Dancing on the Ceiling.”
Lionel Richie with Little Big Town, Darius Rucker & Gary LeVox — Medley at 2011 CMA Awards
Below is the full list of winners from the night, plus a few highlights from the telecast.
2011 CMA AWARDS: The Winners
Entertainer Of The Year: Taylor Swift
Song Of The Year: “If I Die Young” – The Band Perry (songwriter: Kimberly Perry)
Single Of The Year: “If I Die Young” – The Band Perry
Album Of The Year: My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean
Male Vocalist Of The Year: Blake Shelton
Female Vocalist Of The Year: Miranda Lambert
Vocal Duo Of The Year: Sugarland
Vocal Group Of The Year: Lady Antebellum
Musician Of The Year: Mac McAnally
New Artist Of The Year: The Band Perry
Musical Event Of The Year: “Don’t You Wanna Stay” – Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson
Music Video Of The Year: “You And Tequila” – Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter
Taylor Swift — “Ours” at 2011 CMA Awards
Taylor Swift wins Entertainer Of The Year at 2011 CMA Awards
Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood — “Remind Me” at 2011 CMA Awards
Faith Hill — “Come Home” at 2011 CMA Awards