Country music has a new queen. Miranda Lambert picked up four Country Music Association awards last night, giving the 30-year-old a total of 11 CMAs – more than any other female artist in history.
“I don’t even know what to say,” Lambert told the crowd at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. “I can’t believe this is my life, that this is my job.”
“Automatic” won single of the year. Lambert also won album of the year for “Platinum.” And for the fifth year running, she won female vocalist of the year. While nominated, Lambert has still not won the top award of entertainer of the year.
The top prize went to someone new, Luke Bryan. In fact, it was his first-ever CMA. He’s often cited as an example of the “bro-country” trend toward songs about trucks, beer and women.
“We’re going to have a good time tonight,” Bryan said on stage.
Backstage, Bryan said he was humbled, calling the win a “ginormous deal.”
There was a notable absence. Taylor Swift, who just released her first “pop” album, was nominated for CMA awards but did not appear.
“We’re sad because it looks like New York’s gain is Nashville’s loss, but country music is just going to have to shake it off,” hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood sang as a parody, playing off the words of a new Swift single “Shake It Off.”
“Good luck, Taylor,” Paisley added. “In all sincerity, we’re rooting for you.”
Entertainer of the Year
Album of the Year
Automatic, Miranda Lambert
Produced by Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, and Glenn Worf
Female Vocalist of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
Song of the Year
“Follow Your Arrow,” by Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally
Single of the Year
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town
Vocal Duo of the Year
Florida Georgia Line
New Artist of the Year
Music Event of the Year
“We Were Us,” by Keith Urban featuring Miranda Lambert
Music Video of the Year
“Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley (directed by Wes Edwards)
Musician of the Year