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.
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.
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.
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
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").