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2012 CMA AWARDS  // WINNERS

This Year's Nominees

CMA award nominees and winners are determined by votes cast by professional members of the Country Music Association. See the official list below.

Then see the 2012 inductees for the Country Music Hall of Fame -- Garth Brooks, Connie Smith and Hargus "Pig" Robbins. Induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame is country music's biggest honor. Election is solely the prerogative of the CMA. Each year an anonymous panel of country music insiders select outstanding persons who have made significant contributions to the advancement of country music.

And check out the results of our fan poll as we asked who you wanted to see walk away a winner at this year's show.

Entertainer of the Year

Male Vocalist of the Year

Female Vocalist of the Year

Vocal Group of the Year

Vocal Duo of the Year

New Artist of the Year

Album of the Year

Eric Church -- Chief Miranda Lambert -- Four the Record Dierks Bentley -- Home Lady Antebellum -- Own the Night Luke Bryan -- Tailgates & Tanlines
Chief
Eric Church
Four the Record
Miranda Lambert
Home
Dierks Bentley
Own the Night
Lady Antebellum
Tailgates & Tanlines
Luke Bryan

Single of the Year

Jason Aldean -- "Dirt Road Anthem" Blake Shelton -- "God Gave Me You" Dierks Bentley -- "Home" Little Big Town -- "Pontoon" Eric Church -- "Springsteen"
"Dirt Road Anthem"
Jason Aldean
"God Gave Me You"
Blake Shelton
"Home"
Dierks Bentley
"Pontoon"
Little Big Town
"Springsteen"
Eric Church

Song of the Year

Eli Young Band -- "Even if It Breaks Your Heart" Blake Shelton -- "God Gave Me You" Dierks Bentley -- "Home" Miranda Lambert -- "Over You" Eric Church -- "Springsteen"
"Even if It Breaks Your Heart"
Eli Young Band
"God Gave Me You"
Blake Shelton
"Home"
Dierks Bentley
"Over You"
Miranda Lambert
"Springsteen"
Eric Church

Musical Event of the Year

Alan Jackson Featuring Zac Brown "Dixie Highway" Kenny Chesney With Tim McGraw -- "Feel Like a Rock Star" Willie Nelson with Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson -- "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" Taylor Swift Featuring the Civil Wars -- "Safe & Sound" Lionel Richie With Darius Rucker -- "Stuck on You"
"Dixie Highway"
Alan Jackson and Zac Brown Band
"Feel Like a Rock Star"
Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw
"Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die"
Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson
"Safe & Sound"
Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars
"Stuck on You"
Lionel Richie and Darius Rucker

Music Video of the Year

Kenny Chesney -- "Come Over" Miranda Lambert -- "Over You" Little Big Town -- "Pontoon" Toby Keith -- "Red Solo Cup" Eric Church -- "Springsteen"
"Come Over"
Kenny Chesney
"Over You"
Miranda Lambert
"Pontoon"
Little Big Town
"Red Solo Cup"
Toby Keith
"Springsteen"
Eric Church

Musician of the Year

Entertainer of the Year

Blake SheltonBlake Shelton
"When I moved to Nashville in 1994, I had two goals. One was to someday have a gold record, and one was to someday be a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Entertainer of the year ...what is this? I don't even know." -- Blake Shelton

Male Vocalist of the Year

Blake SheltonBlake Shelton
"I'm gonna be totally honest. I've had a few drinks since the song of the year announcement. I was actually sitting there thinking either Jason or Luke had this one." -- Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist of the Year

Miranda LambertMiranda Lambert
"I can't believe I'm standing up here holding this right now. But I'm going to try to represent for all the females who want to be up-and-comers and that want to just get their country voice out there." -- Miranda Lambert

Vocal Group of the Year

Little Big TownLittle Big Town
"We're living proof that if you work really, really hard and you chase your dream, all the good stuff happens and it follows you. Nashville, you've made us your band. Thank you for letting us do this." -- Karen Fairchild

Vocal Duo of the Year

Thompson SquareThompson Square
"Ever since I was about 5 years old, I used to practice in the kitchen with one of my mawmaw's Mason jars for this moment right here." -- Shawna Thompson

New Artist of the Year

Hunter HayesHunter Hayes
"Thank you to the amazing fans. Thank you to my family. They're here tonight. My mom and dad have done so much to get me right here." -- Hunter Hayes

Album of the Year

Eric Church -- ChiefChief
Eric Church
"I've spent a lot of my career wondering where I fit in -- too country, too rock. I want to thank you guys for giving me somewhere to hang my hat tonight." -- Eric Church

Single of the Year

Little Big Town -- "Pontoon" "Pontoon"
Little Big Town
"We've been doing this forever. The only thing we ever wanted to do was make music for y'all. Thank you, thank you, thank you." -- Karen Fairchild

Song of the Year

Miranda Lambert -- "Over You" "Over You"
Miranda Lambert
"Thank you, Blake, for allowing me to sing this beautiful song and to write it with you." -- Miranda Lambert

Musical Event of the Year

Kenny Chesney With Tim McGraw -- "Feel Like a Rock Star" "Feel Like a Rock Star"
Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw

Music Video of the Year

Toby Keith -- "Red Solo Cup" "Red Solo Cup"
Toby Keith

Musician of the Year

Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks, elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in the modern era category, has sold more than 128 million albums to become the top-selling artist of the Nielsen SoundScan era. Born Feb. 7, 1962, in Yuba, Okla., his first single, "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)," became a Top 10 country hit in 1989. His lengthy string of No. 1 singles began later that year with "If Tomorrow Never Comes" and includes titles such as "The Dance," "Friends in Love Places," "Unanswered Prayers," "The Thunder Rolls" and many others. His 1991 album, Ropin' the Wind, became the first album by a country artist to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart.

In addition to his record sales, Brooks became a legendary concert performer. With an explosive stage show inspired by ‘70s rock acts such as Kiss and Queen, he was largely responsible for introducing country fans to arena-rock flash with concert tours featuring dramatic lighting and production effects. His ticket sales rivaled those of tours by the Rolling Stones, U2, the Eagles and the Grateful Dead. In 1997, he performed in New York's Central Park before an estimated audience of 250,000 -- with millions more viewing the concert via a live HBO broadcast.

After divorcing his first wife, Sandy Mahl, in 2000, he announced he would retire to raise his three daughters. He released the album Scarecrow in 2001 and married singer Trisha Yearwood in 2005.

Although in semiretirement, Brooks performed nine sold-out shows in Kansas City in 2007. In January 2008, he made five sold-out appearances at Los Angeles' Staples Center. He announced his five-year Las Vegas commitment in October 2009. In December 2010, he performed nine sold-out shows in Nashville, donating proceeds to the city's ongoing relief effort resulting from a devastating flood in May of that year.

Brooks returned to the stage in December 2009 to begin a one-man acoustic show at Wynn Las Vegas. The weekend performances, scheduled on specific dates each year, will conclude on Nov. 17, 2012.

Connie Smith

Connie Smith, elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in the veterans era category, was born Aug. 14, 1941, in Elkhart, Ind., and discovered by Grand Ole Opry star Bill Anderson in 1963 after she won a talent contest in Ohio. Anderson urged her to come to Nashville to sing demos of his original songs to pitch to other artists. Hubert Long, Anderson's manger, played one of the demos to RCA Records executive Chet Atkins, who signed her to the label. Written by Anderson, Smith's debut single, "Once a Day," spent eight weeks at the top of Billboard's country chart in 1964. Her other Top 10 hits include "I Can't Remember," "Cincinnati, Ohio," "Burning a Hole in My Mind" and "Just One Time." Over the years, Smith appeared in several country-music themed movies and recorded gospel albums, in addition to country albums. Her 53rd album, Long Line of Heartaches, was produced by her husband Marty Stuart and released in 2011.

Hargus "Pig" Robbins

Hargus "Pig" Robbins, elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in the recording and/or touring musician category, is one of the most prolific session musicians in the country music history. Born Jan. 18, 1938, in Spring City, Tenn., he lost an eye at age 2 after an accident with his father's knife and became completely blind at age 4. As a child, he learned to play classical piano at the Nashville School for the Blind. After graduating, he began performing in Nashville clubs and gradually got work in the studios. In 1959, he performed on his first major recording, "White Lightning," George Jones' first No. 1 hit. In the '50s and '60s, Robbins performed on classic recordings such as Patsy Cline's "Walkin' After Midnight" and "I Fall to Pieces," Smith's "Once a Day," Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde album and artists as diverse as Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Ray Price, Charley Pride, Ernest Tubb, Porter Wagoner, Jerry Jeff Walker, Joan Baez, Ray Charles, Rosemary Clooney, John Denver, Tom Jones, Mark Knopfler, Gordon Lightfoot, Peter, Paul & Mary, the Sir Douglas Quintet, Neil Young and many others. Robbins remained in demand throughout the '80s, '90s and the beginning of the 21st century. In 2008, he performed on the sessions for Christmas Duets, a project featuring various artists performing alongside vocals from Elvis Presley.