The Year of the Unexpected: 2012 CMA Awards

CMA Awards Country Music Entertainer Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton wins Entertainer of the Year
Photo credit: Wade Payne/Invision

The 46th annual CMA awards made their debut on ABC last night to over 13 million viewers. The show was filled with Gangnam Style dancing, colorful jabs at the famous faces and performances that literally blew you away. However, buried underneath all of that were nine televised awards given out to the top acts in country music this year.

This may have been one of the most unexpected award shows yet with some big surprises, new faces and streaks that just could not be broken.

Little Big Town took away two awards after thirteen years of patiently awaiting their turn to finally walk up on the Bridgestone Arena stage and accept a CMA. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert once again took home a couple’s set of Male and Female Vocalist of the Year awards with Miranda adding, “I don’t necessarily deserve this, but I’ll sure take it.” Blake took home the biggest award of the night, Entertainer of the Year, over Red hot Taylor Swift and stadium-selling Jason Aldean.

Some other winners of the night include our clients who saw familiar faces in their lineup accept awards. Craven Country Jamboree has announced Kenny Chesney, Musical Event of the Year winner, to their lineup and Oregon Jamboree will have Toby Keith, Music Video of the Year winner, on their stage.

See the full list of winners and nominees below.

Country Music CMA Awards Free Music Performance by Little Big Town

Little Big Town performs Single of the Year, “Pontoon”
Photo credit: Katherine Bomboy-Thornton/ABC via Getty

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year
The Band Perry
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Zac Brown Band

CMA Awards Free Music Performance by Hunter Hayes

New Artist of the Year Hunter Hayes performs “Wanted”
Photo credit: Getty Images

New Artist of the Year
Lee Brice
Brantley Gilbert
Hunter Hayes
Love and Theft
Thompson Square

Album of the Year
Luke Bryan, Tailgates and Tanlines
Eric Church, Chief
Miranda Lambert, Four the Record
Dierks Bentley, Home
Lady Antebellum, Own the Night

Song of the Year
“Even if It Breaks Your Heart,” Will Hoge and Eric Paslay
“God Gave Me You,” Dave Barnes
“Home,” Dierks Bentley, Dan Wilson and Brett Beavers
“Over You,” Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton
“Springsteen,’ Eric Church, Jeff Hyde and Ryan Tyndell

Single of the Year
“Dirt Road Anthem,” Jason Aldean
“God Gave Me You,” Blake Shelton
“Home,” Dierks Bentley
“Pontoon,” Little Big Town
“Springsteen,” Eric Church

CMA Awards Free Music Performance by Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney performs “Come Over”
Photo credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Musical Event of the Year
“Dixie Highway,” Alan Jackson and Zac Brown Band
“Feel Like a Rock Star,” Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw
“Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” Willie Nelson featuring Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson
“Safe and Sound,” Taylor Swift featuring the Civil Wars
“Stuck on You,” Lionel Richie and Darius Rucker

Music Video of the Year
“Springsteen,” Eric Church
“Come Over,” Kenny Chesney
“Over You,” Miranda Lambert
“Pontoon,” Little Big Town
“Red Solo Cup,” Toby Keith

Musician of the Year
Sam Bush
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Brent Mason
Mac McAnally

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