Taylor Swift was the big winner at the 43rd annual CMA Awards at Nashville's Sommet Center, nabbing the coveted entertainer
of the year trophy, the female vocalist award, album of the year honors for Fearless and the video of the year award for "Love
Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker made major news, too. Lady Antebellum's "I Run to You" was named single
of the year, and the trio also ended Rascal Flatts' six-year reign as vocal group of the year. Rucker, who embarked on a solo
career after multi-platinum success as lead vocalist for Hootie & the Blowfish, won the CMA's new artist award.
Paisley, who co-hosted the awards show with Carrie Underwood, won two awards, including the male vocalist prize. His collaboration
with Keith Urban on "Start a Band" was named musical event of the year.
And if anyone thought CMA voters might take
Brooks & Dunn's impending retirement into consideration in the vocal duo category, that didn't happen. Sugarland won it for
the third consecutive time.
Song of the year honors went to "In Color," the Jamey Johnson hit he co-wrote with Lee
Thomas Miller and James Otto.
Mac McAnally, a frequent sideman to Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney, was named musician
of the year during an announcement prior to the telecast.