SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2012 COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION
Photos by Glen R.
46th annual Country Music Association Awards were handed out
November 1 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Miranda Lambert and her husband Blake Shelton shared this year's
Song of Year honor for co-writing Miranda's Number One ballad, "Over
You." The song was inspired by the loss of Blake's older brother,
"I lost my brother in a car wreck when I was 14 years old. Later
in life, when I decided I wanted to be a Country singer, my dad
always told me, ‘Son, you should write a song about your brother.' I
lost my dad in January and it's so amazing to me that tonight, even
after he's gone, he's still right. I just needed the right person to
sing this song with and the right person to sing it. I love you so
much lady," Shelton said during his acceptance speech.
"Thank you Blake for allowing me to sing this beautiful song and
write it with you," Lambert told her husband. "Thank you CMA and all
of our peers for voting for us. It's really emotional. We love you
all. Thank you."
Miranda Lambert also took home her third consecutive Female
Vocalist of the Year CMA Award.
Blake Shelton received his second award of the night for Male
Vocalist of the Year. This is his third straight win in that
category. And, no one was more surprised than Blake when his name
was announced as this year's Entertainer of the Year.
"Entertainer of the Year? What are you talking about?" an
astonished Shelton asked. "You know what, listen here, 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 was… what is this? I don't even know!
I try to represent Country music as best I can with everything I do.
It's television, it's touring, it's a lot of things. I love Country
music more than anybody in this room. Thank you all so much. I love
you all. Thank you."
Husband-and-wife duo Thompson Square earned its first CMA award
and ended Sugarland's five-year winning streak as Vocal Duo of the
Thompson Square was also nominated for this year's New Artist of
the Year award, but lost in that category to Hunter Hayes,
Earlier this year, Hunter had a Number One hit with his debut
single "Wanted." Then 21 years old, he made history as the youngest
solo male artist to reach Number One on Billboard's Top Country
Songs chart. While accepting his New Artist trophy, Hunter expressed
his gratitude to everyone who helped him throughout the past
"I don't even know what to do right now. Oh, wow, thank you!"
Hayes exclaimed. "Country radio, thank you for believing in me,
thank you so much. Thanks to my band, my crew, everybody.
Amazing…this is awesome. I'm just blessed beyond belief. Thank you
so much fans, Country radio. I love you guys. Thank you."
Little Big Town was a double CMA Award winner. The four-member
band took home the Single of the Year award for its summertime hit
"Pontoon" and was also named Vocal Group of the Year.
Highlights of the show included an all-star tribute to Country
legend Willie Nelson, who received the CMA's inaugural Willie Nelson
Lifetime Achievement Award; Vince Gill's duet with Kelly Clarkson
that will appear on her upcoming greatest hits album, and new songs
performed by many of this year's nominees. During the telecast,
co-hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley encouraged viewers to
make donations to the American Red Cross to assist victims of
Hurricane Sandy, which struck the U.S. East Coast early this
Other CMA Award winners included Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw,
who shared the Musical Event of the Year award for their duet "Feel
Like A Rock Star;" Toby Keith, Music Video of the Year for the
humorous clip to his party anthem "Red Solo Cup;" and Mac McAnally,
named Musician of the Year for the fifth consecutive year.
Eric Church went into this year's race with a leading five
nominations. He went home with only one award, the coveted Album of
the Year trophy for "Chief," which produced the Number One hit,
"Springsteen." Eric thanked his fans for allowing him to stay true
to his musical style.
"I've been at this a long time. I 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. I
appreciate it very much. Thank you," Church said.
2012 CMA AWARDS WINNERS:
- Entertainer of the year: Blake Shelton
- Female vocalist of the year: Miranda Lambert
- Male vocalist of the year: Blake Shelton
- New artist of the year: Hunter Hayes
- Vocal group of the year: Little Big Town
- Vocal duo of the year: Thompson Square
- Single of the year: "Pontoon" - Little Big Town
the year: "Chief" - Eric Church
- Song of the year: Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton - "Over
- Musical event of the year: Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw -
"Feel Like a Rock Star"
- Music video of the year: Toby Keith - "Red Solo Cup"
- Musician of the year: Mac McAnally
more information about the CMA, please go to www.cmaworld.com
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