Shelton wins in honor of brother

The 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards took the stage Thurs. Nov 1 as it brought about laughter and music from all of the greats including a special tribute to Willie Nelson.

The CMA awards were hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. This dynamic duo, who are becoming quite comedic, have hosted the CMA’s five times before.

For the 2012 CMAs, Underwood and Paisley started out by singing their own song to the tune of “Moves like Jagger.”

The biggest surprise was when Paisley started doing Gangnam Style with Underwood joining in.

The audience seemed surprised and amused when they performed the popular dance..

The show was taken away by Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert as they swept the CMAs taking home four awards total.

Shelton won two awards: one for male vocalist of the year and entertainer of the year. For his and Lambert’s new song, “Over You,” they both won song of the year.

What made that moment so memorable was when Shelton told the story behind the song, which is performed by Lambert on her album “Four The Record.”

It was written by the couple as a tribute to Shelton’s brother Richie, who died in a car accident. When he accepted the award, Shelton remembered his father who passed away early this year. “My dad always told me son, you should write a song about your brother,” Shelton said. “Tonight, even after he’s gone, he’s still right.”

Lambert began to sob on stage as Shelton told the audience that he’d always wanted to write the song. He just needed someone to write it with, and the right person to sing it. He found that in her.

Lambert also took home an award for female vocalist of the year. Other nominees included, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson and Martina McBride.

Little Big Town won two awards. One for best vocal group of the year and the other, single of the year for the song, “Pontoon.”

Other artists to receive awards were Thompson Square, who won vocal duo of the year. Hunter Hayes’, new artist of the year, Eric Church won album of the year for his album, Chief.

What made the evening even more special was the tribute paid to Willie Nelson by stars such as Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and others singing his songs.

The Country Music Association named its lifetime achievement award after Nelson, who was its first recipient.

As always, the awards were an all-around enjoyable evening filled with music and laughter. TV audiences are anticipating next year’s CMAs.

Author: Elissa Thompson

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