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45th Annual CMA Awards

2011 CMA Entertainer of the Year: Taylor Swift


Entertainer of the Year

Female Vocalist of the Year

Male Vocalist of the Year

New Artist of the Year

Vocal Group of the Year

Vocal Duo of the Year

Single of the Year

Album of the Year

Song of the Year

Musical Event of the Year

Music Video of the Year

Musician of the Year


Single of the Year

Album of the Year

Song of the Year

Musical Event of the Year

Music Video of the Year

45th Annual CMA Awards Summary

They've only released four singles, but The Band Perry truly arrived as a major force in country music Nov. 9, 2011 when they won in three categories at the CMA Awards in Nashville.

The trio -- Kimberly Perry and brothers Reid and Neil -- took home the new artist prize, but more significantly picked up single and song of the year honors for their chart-topping "If I Die Young."

Taylor Swift reigned as the entertainer of the year, and Jason Aldean won in two categories at the 45th annual awards show. His My Kinda Party was named album of the year, and he and Kelly Clarkson shared the musical event honor for their collaboration on "Don't You Wanna Stay."

Other winners included Miranda Lambert (female vocalist), Blake Shelton (male vocalist), Sugarland (vocal duo), Lady Antebellum (vocal group) and Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter (video of the year for "You and Tequila").

In terms of the musical performances, Shelton and Kenny Loggins kicked off the show with "Footloose" to set the bar high for several other collaborations that followed. Loggins co-wrote and recorded the song for the 1984 movie of the same name, and Shelton sings it on the soundtrack of the recently-released film remake.

Other collaborations included the Zac Brown Band's soulful version of "Georgia on My Mind" with surprise guest Gregg Allman, along with Rascal Flatts and British vocalist Natasha Bedingfield's performance of the band's latest single, "Easy." Sugarland teamed with singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson for "Run," Chesney and Potter did a particularly effective all-acoustic performance of "You and Tequila" and awards show hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood sang their duet, "Remind Me," for the first time on national television.

In preparation for the March release of an album featuring remakes of his past hits, Lionel Richie was joined by Little Big Town on "Deep River Woman," Darius Rucker on "Stuck on You" and Rascal Flatts on "Dancing on the Ceiling."

Clearly, the most emotionally-charged collaboration of the night came when Vince Gill, Keith Urban and Paisley shared the stage in a tribute to Glen Campbell, who is currently on a farewell tour after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. With Campbell in the audience, songwriter Jimmy Webb played piano in the band while the three country superstars performed three iconic hits Webb wrote and the Country Music Hall of Fame member recorded in the '60s.

Gill began the tribute with "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," followed by Urban's rendition of "Wichita Lineman" and Paisley's take on "Galveston." Campbell came to the stage and grabbed an acoustic guitar at the end of "Galveston" but did not sing.

Urban, who has canceled several appearances after being diagnosed with a polyp on his vocal cords, was in surprisingly strong voice during the Campbell tribute and his solo performance of his single, "You Gonna Fly."

Swift's performance of "Ours" was particularly refreshing -- just her sitting on a couch with an acoustic guitar. For an awards show, it was a genuinely brave move. Lacking the theatrics of some of her previous awards show appearances, it underscored her basic talents as a gifted singer-songwriter.

In her first CMA Awards performance in five years, Faith Hill introduced her new single, "Come Home." American Idol winner Scotty McCreery appeared to captivate fans with "Walk in the Country," and Luke Bryan raised the energy level with "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)."

Other performers included Lambert ("Baggage Claim"), Aldean ("Tattoos on This Town"), Lady Antebellum ("We Owned the Night"), The Band Perry ("All Your Life"), Martina McBride ("I'm Gonna Love You Through It"), Sara Evans ("A Little Bit Stronger"), Eric Church ("Drink in My Hand"), Thompson Square ("Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not") and Chris Young ("Voices").