The Country Music Association Awards went old school last night, with 61-year-old George Strait taking home the award for entertainer of the year. This was Strait’s third overall win in the category and first since 1990, back when Taylor Swift was still in Pampers!
Taylor only managed to take home two awards as co-winner for musical event of the year and music video of the year. Swift shared the awards with Keith Urban and Tim McGraw for their “Highway Don’t Care” collaboration.
Superstar country couple Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton did each other proud, taking home awards for female vocalist of the year and male vocalist of the year respectively. I’m happy to say Florida Georgia Line were also big winners last night winning vocal duo of the year and single of the year honors for “Cruise” which is neither about Ted nor Tom.
FGL were unable to snag the best new artist award, losing out to Kacey Musgraves, but I’m ok with that. I guess.
I have to salute Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley for doing a fantastic job as hosts. At one point Paisley turned to Taylor Swift and thanked her “for never once humping a teddy bear or gyrating with Beetlejuice.” Who knew he was such a card?
Other highlights included a dream collaboration between Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, a lovely acoustic rendition of “Red” courtesy of T. Swift and Kenny Rogers earning the CMA’s Willie Nelson lifetime achievement award, much to Satan’s chagrin.
What a night for country music!
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