The CMA Awards often reward music’s biggest and brightest stars. The underground heroes of the genre tend to go quietly into the night unnoticed (Justin Townes Earle, where art thou?), but who ever said these award shows had to be high concept? Rather, the CMAs offer a chance for the biggest names in country music to be recognized as, yes, the biggest names in country. And the names of the winners at last night’s ceremony don’t get much bigger in the land of 10-gallon hats.
Taylor Swift took home four awards in Nashville at last night’s 43rd CMA Awards, including Entertainer and Album of the Year, the former victory breaking Kenny Chesney’s long hold on the award. The show was hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, country superstars both, and Paisley even nabbed Male Vocalist of the Year honor.
Here’s the full list of winners:
Album of the Year: Taylor Swift, Fearless
Song of the Year: Jamey Johnson, “In Color”
Single of the Year: Lady Antebellum, “I Run to You”
Entertainer of the Year: Taylor Swift
New Artist of the Year: Darius Rucker
Male Vocalist of the Year: Brad Paisley
Female Vocalist of the Year: Taylor Swift
Vocal Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum
Vocal Duo of the Year: Sugarland
Musician of the Year: Mac Macanally
Music Video of the Year: Taylor Swift, “Love Story”
Musical Event of the Year: Brad Paisley and Keith Urban
Check out Swift’s Album of the Year win right below, preceded with a video of a kid playing air guitar: