Taylor Swift became country music’s undisputed biggest star on what’s been billed as “Country Music’s Biggest Night,” the annual Country Music Awards. She won entertainer of the year for the second time.
“To win it twice is like the coolest thing ever happening to me twice,” said Swift, 21, afterward to reporters. “I’m freaking out right now.”
She wasn’t the only repeat. A number of top acts won the same award for as much as the fifth straight year, suggesting the dominance of a handful of acts.
Country Music Awards Winners 2011 Entertainer of the Year: Taylor Swift
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton
Best New Artist: The Band Perry
Best Vocal Group: Lady Antebellum
Vocal Duo: Sugarland
Album of the Year: My Kinda Party Jason Aldean, Michael Knox, Producer
Song of the Year: “If I Die Young,” Kimberly Perry
Single of the Year: “If I Die Young,” The Band Perry, Paul Worley, Producer
Musical Event of the Year: “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson
Best Music Video: “You and Tequila,” Kenny Chesney, Grace Potter, Shaun Silva, Director
Best Musician: Mac McAnally, Guitar
Kimberly Perry won song of the year for “If I Die Young” and two other awards with her brothers, Neil and Reid Perry, who make up The Band Perry.
Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Sugarland, were also winners.
“When Taylor won entertainer I secretly sang (Beyonce’s) `Who runs the world? Girls,’ to Blake,” Lambert said after she and husband Blake Shelton repeated as male and female vocalist of the year.
Barbara Mandrell is the only other female singer to win entertainer of the year twice.
Both Swift and Perry have proven to be solid cross-over artists attracting a broad audience outside country music with their songs about love and heartbreak.
“All of the sudden this idea that was just yours is now everybody else’s and they sing it in their cars and sing it about their breakups or falling in love and they incorporate it into their lives,” Swift said.
Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party” won album of the year and musical event of the year for his duet “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with pop star Kelly Clarkson.
Kenny Chesney and rocker Grace Potter won music video of the year for their duet “You and Tequila.”
Lady Antebellum won its third straight vocal group of the year award and Sugarland took vocal duo of the year for the fifth time in a row.
The lineup for “The 45th Annual CMA Awards” included Sara Evans, Martina McBride,, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery, Sugarland, and Zac Brown Band.
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood hosted the show, which aired live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 9 on the ABC.
This year’s show was non-stop music. Performers included Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton.
Also on stage were Swift, Thompson Square, Keith Urban, and Chris Young, plus Chesney and Potter sang their hit collaboration “You and Tequila.”
Rascal Flatts and Natasha Bedingfield sang their current hit duet “Easy,” while co-hosts Paisley and Underwood gave their first live televised-performance of their No. 1 song “Remind Me.”