Blake Shelton was the big winner last night at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards. He took three awards home, including male vocalist of the year, song of the year, and the biggest award of the night, entertainer of the year.
Although the 36-year-old won the highest honor last night, he delivered his most heartfelt and emotional acceptance speech for his song of the year win.
The country crooner and his wife, Miranda Lambert co-wrote and co-performed on this song. The single titled “Over You” is about Shelton’s brother Richie, who died in a car wreck 15 years ago. The couple said the trophy will have a special place in their home in Oklahoma.
While Shelton won the loot, another singer went home surprisingly empty-handed. Taylor Swift was 0-3 at the end of the night, but we’re sure she’s feeling like a winner after selling a whopping 1.2 million copies of her album Red, in its first week of release.
Other surprises of the night included Little Big Town’s two wins: vocal group and single of the year for their monster hit, “Pontoon.” Surgarland’s five-year run ended in the vocal duo of the year category, when Thompson Square’s Shawna and Keifer Thompson took home the award instead.
Eric Church was a first time winner at the CMAs and took home the highly coveted album of the year award for his breakthrough record, Chief. He thanked the country music community by noting “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.”
Another first timer, Hunter Hayes won new artist of the year. Kenney Chesney and Tim McGraw were awarded the musical event award before the show, as was Toby Keith who won video of the year for his single “Red Solo Cup.”
Check out the list of winners below, and enjoy some clips from last night’s performance, including the opening scene with repeat hosts, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and a tribute performance to country legend, Willy Nelson.
Musical Event of the Year: “Feel Like A Rock Star,” Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw
Music Video of the Year: “Red Solo Cup,” Toby Keith
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally
Single of the Year: “Pontoon” by Little Big Town
Vocal Duo of the Year: Thompson Square
Song of the Year: “Over You” (written by Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton)
Album of the Year: Chief, Eric Church
New Artist of the Year: Hunter Hayes
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Entertainer of the Year: Blake Shelton