Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton emerged as a genuine country music power couple after winning in a total of five categories
at the 44th annual CMA Awards. With nine nominations this year, Lambert received her first three CMA Awards. In addition to
being named female vocalist of the year, she took home album of the year honors for Revolution and shared a win in the video
category with director Trey Fanjoy for "The House That Built Me." The title also netted a song of the year win for songwriters
Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin. Shelton had never won a CMA Award, either, but it changed when he was named male vocalist
and shared musical event honors with Trace Adkins for their collaboration on "Hillbilly Bone."
It was quite an evening,
too, as Brad Paisley won his first-ever entertainer of the year award and further established himself as one of country's
Lady Antebellum were named vocal group of the year, and group members Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott
and Dave Haywood shared the single of the year honor with producer Paul Worley for "Need You Now."
The Zac Brown
Band won the new artist of the year prize.
Sugarland won the vocal duo award for the fourth consecutive year.
addition to Paisley's performance, the awards show had some memorable moments as a noted actress demonstrated she can indeed
sing a country song, and a 75-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame member wowed the crowd with a stellar vocal that once again
proved why she is a legend.Academy Award winner Gwenyth Paltrow provided one of the most anxiously-awaited moments because
of her starring role in Country Strong, a film about a female country singer who attempts a comeback. She sang the title song
written by veteran Nashville writers Jennifer Hanson, Tony Martin and Mark Nesler.
But the highlight of the night
was when Loretta Lynn walked onstage to join Lambert and Sheryl Crow for the last verse of "Coal Miner's Daughter." The segment
was introduced by actress Sissy Spacek, who portrayed Lynn in the 1980 film of the same name.
the Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson on "As She's Walking Away" and Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson's "Don't You Wanna Stay."
Other performers included The Band Perry ("If I Die Young"), Dierks Bentley ("Up on the Ridge"), Kenny Chesney ("The Boys
of Fall"), Kid Rock ("Born Free"), Lady Antebellum ("Hello World"), Rascal Flatts ("Why Wait"), Shelton ("All About Tonight"),
George Strait ("The Breath You Take"), Taylor Swift ("Back to December") and Urban ("Put You in a Song").