Top prize at the Country Music Association Awards went to Blake Shelton Thursday night. The show aired live on ABC from Bridgestone Arena.
“When I moved to Nashville in 1994, I had two goals,” Shelton said. “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.”
Shelton was equally modest upon receiving CMA male vocalist of the year for the third year in a row. His wife – Miranda Lambert – won on the women’s side. So for the third year running, the couple swept both awards.
“I don’t necessarily deserve this,” Lambert said. “But I’ll sure take it.”
Lambert and Shelton also won song of the year for a tune the couple penned together about his brother who died in a car wreck as a teenager.
The evening also featured a tribute to Willie Nelson, appearances from the cast of the new primetime drama “Nashville” and frequent references to storm victims on the East Coast.
Entertainer of the year: Blake Shelton
Album of the year: “Chief,” Eric Church; produced by Jay Joyce; EMI Records Nashville
Male vocalist of the year: Blake Shelton
Female vocalist of the year: Miranda Lambert
Vocal group of the year: Little Big Town
Vocal duo of the year: Thompson Square
Single of the year: “Pontoon,” Little Big Town; produced by Jay Joyce; Capitol Records Nashville
Song of the year: “Over You,” Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton
New artist of the year: Hunter Hayes