Early CMA Winners Include Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean

Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean's recent vocal collaborations have made them early winners at the 45th annual CMA Awards. Awards in three categories were announced prior to Wednesday night's (Nov. 9) telecast on ABC. Chesney and Grace Potter shared the video of the year award for "You and Tequila." The award also went to video director Shaun Silva. Aldean and Kelly Clarkson shared the musical event prize for "Don't You Wanna Stay." In accepting the trophy backstage, Aldean said, "This is my first one of these, so thank you guys very much. First of all I've got to thank Kelly Clarkson, who is not here. ... This is really cool. I appreciate it." Guitarist Mac McAnally, a frequent sideman to Chesney and Jimmy Buffett, won the musician of the year award for the fourth consecutive year. "I don't know if I even belong in the same phone book as the rest of these guys I'm nominated with, but I'm mighty grateful." The CMA Awards show airs live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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