The 2012 CMA winners were announced on Thursday night during a ceremony that took place in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena.
Blake Shelton was awarded the biggest honor of the event, the Entertainer of the Year, which had him dethrone the former owner of the position, Taylor Swift. Blake seemed to be in disbelief when he took the stage after winning the award but he later on stated that no one loves country music as much as he does.
However, the Entertainer of the Year wasn’t Shelton’s only award of the evening. He won the category for Best Male Vocalist as well as the Song of the Year with “ Over You”, played along side his wife Miranda Lambert.
The couple got really emotional while accepting the award for their special song, wrote as a reminder of Blake’s older brother who was killed as teenager during a car accident. Lambert got tears in her eyes, while Shelton gave a choked up acceptance speech on stage.
Lambert won an award of her own. During the evening, she received the Female Vocalist of the Year honors, thus adding one more trophy to the family showcase for the evening.
Little Big Town opened the ceremony by winning the Single of the Year for their “Pontoon” record, and later on the Best Vocal Group award. “Nashville, you made us your band. Thank you for letting us do this”, member Karen Fairchild said during the band’s acceptance speech.
Thompson Square ended the Sugarland and Brooks & Dunn 19 years reign over the Vocal Duo category, won in previous years by either of the two. They went home with the award for 2012.
The CMA ceremony, broadcast by ABC, was full of performances ranging from hits to first hearings to songs dedicated to Hurricane Sandy victims. Church sang his hit “Springsteen” and interpreted a couple of verses from “Born to Run”. The Band Perry introduced to the public one of their newest songs, as they debuted “Better Dig”, which will be included on their upcoming album. Taylor Swift sang one of her top charts songs from the “Red” album, namely “Begin Again”. Parsley dedicated the “Southern Comfort Zone” performance to the hurricane victims. Another first hearing came from Tim McGraw who debuted his song “One of Those Nights”, part of his album “Two Lanes of Freedom”.
Willie Nelson received the award for lifetime achievement and was celebrated with performances from Shelton, Keith Urban, McGraw, Faith Hill and Lady Antebellum, who opened the tribute by singing “You Are Always On My Mind” and “Crazy”.