The results are in from the Country Music Association awards from Wednesday, and it's hard to argue about with the winners.
Miranda Lambert, of course, racked up three awards, and while one of her songs - The House That Built Me - earned the songwriters an award for Song of the Year. Blake Shelton took a few, and Brad Paisley got the big one, Entertainer of the Year. Lady Antebellum won two awards as well.
In reality of the 12 main awards handed out, 3 artists were directly involved in 8 of them. So, it's not as if there was a lot of love to go around to everyone.
Taylor Swift, for example, was only nominated for one award - Female Artist of the Year, which Lambert took. Don't worry Taylor. You'll probably be clutching a few trophies next year at this same time for "Speak Now."
Lambert was nominated for the most awards with nine. She even competed against herself in a few categories by having two entries in the Single and Video of the Year categories. Lambert's career has built steady momentum. Not every song has been a hit, but "Revolution" was an excellent album with better songs as well. The House That Built Me sounds like a classic.
This was one huge night for both Lambert and Shelton, whose careers are on the rise. Having been around awhile, Shelton's career was such that it could have gone south without a few recent hits. Right now, he needn't worry about that.
After last night, the engaged couple, Lambert and Shelton, are quickly being crowned the King and Queen of Country Music. Not exactly sure the title fits (if Garth and Trisha ever got going, they'd be the pretenders to the throne. Tim and Faith could be, but they seem to like doing their own thing), although it should be pointed out that Lambert's vocal contributions on one song on Shelton's recent EP made the song come alive big time.
Paisley deserved the entertainer award, but if Urban or Lady Antebellum won it, that would not have been a huge upset. Paisley's been around awhile, of course, having a lot more worthy skills than most artists out there. His "American Saturday Night" was a great album (best of 2009, I thought). He is a worthy recipient of the award.
While I figured Brooks & Dunn would win the Duo Award more out of nostalgia than anything else, it made sense that that pop band Sugarland took home the award.
When it comes to the CMAs, ACMs and whatever else promoters are cooking up, don't get carried away by these awards. The artists shouldn't and neither should the fans. These honors are great to have - who would refuse them really? But Toby Keith perseveres despite having scant luck with taking home the trophy.
Enjoy the awards and the sales that will result in the coming weeks from it. ut winners and losers should worry more about the quality of the music they're making than building a new trophy room.