Thursday, November 6, 2014
– Miranda Lambert was the big winner at Wednesday's Country Music Association awards, taking home three awards.
Lambert won awards for Single of the Year for "Automatic" with producers Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay and Glenn Worf. She also took Female Vocalist of the Year for the fifth consecutive year and Album of the Year for "Platinum." The Musical Event of the Year award went to Keith Urban and Lambert for "We Were Us."
Luke Bryan was the big winner of the night prestige-wise by taking home Entertainer of the Y ear, which was presented by Garth Brooks in his first appearance at the CMAs in 13 years.
Blake Shelton, Lambert's husband, won the Male Vocalist of the Year honor. This also was the fifth year in a row for Shelton.
Dierks Bentley scored with Music Video of the Year with "Drunk on a Plane," directed by Wes Edwards. Bentley also performed the song during the show.
Song of the Year was "Follow Your Arrow," penned by Kacey Musgraves, who sang it, during the show. Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally.
Florida Georgia Line was voted Duo of the Year; Little Big Town Vocal Group of the Year and Brett Eldredge New Artist of the Year. Mac McAnally received the honor of Musician of the Year for the seventh time.
Vince Gill was the second artist ever and fifth person overall to receive the Irving Waugh Award of Excellence, which was awarded to Johnny Cash in 2003
The three-hour event, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, was filled with musical performances from Kenny Chesney opening with a hippy-oriented "American Kids" to the closing two-song effort by The Doobie Brothers, playing "Listen to the Music" and "Taking It to the Streets." Paisley and Underwood had their share of jokes and funny musical segments including one about "Post-Partum Taylor Swift Disorder" while singing a snippet of "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?" Swift was not at the awards, although she was nominated.
Musgraves turned in the most traditional sounding number of the night, singing "You're Looking At Country," with the woman who made it famous, Loretta Lynn. With Musgraves sporting a partial beehive hairdo, they sang in an Opry-themed set.
A few non-country acts performed as well. Ariana Grande sang "Bang Bang" with Little Big Town, while Meghan Trainor teamed with Lambert on a countrified version of "All About the Bass."