CMA Awards 2011: Taylor Swift Named Entertainer of the Year, The Band Perry Wins Three


Once again, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood hosted the telecast, and got big laughs, especially for the opening number in which they rewrote the lyrics of Hank Williams Jr's hit "All My Rowdy Friends are Coming Over Tonight" to poke fun at Bocephus' controversial comments in which he seemed to compare President Obama to Hitler. Hank himself appeared at the end, proving he had a sense of humor about the whole thing. In addition, Brad, Carrie and Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet mocked Kim Kardashian's failed marriage by singing, to the tune of Randy Travis' "Forever and Ever, Amen:" "I'm gonna love you forever/For 72 days, Amen/As long as Justin Bieber is not a conceiver/As long as Taylor Swift is with her current boyfriend."

Finally, Brad and Carrie, who seemed to have a different gown for all 12 segments of the show, poked fun at Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Barbie & Ken dolls for not being "anatomically correct."

The evening's most touching moment came during the tribute to music legend Glen Campbell, who's battling Alzheimer's disease. As Vince Gill, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley performed three of Campbell's biggest hits -- "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman" and "Galveston," respectively -- Campbell could be seen in the audience mouthing the words and smiling. Afterwards, he was brought onstage to a standing ovation, and hugged the three guitarists, as well as songwriter Jimmy Webb, who penned those classics and also played piano during the performance.

Here's a list of winners at the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards, held in Nashville Wednesday night:

Entertainer of the Year Taylor Swift

Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton

New Artist of the Year The Band Perry

Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum

Single of the Year "If I Die Young," The Band Perry

Album of the Year My Kinda Party, Jason Aldean

Song of the Year "If I Die Young," The Band Perry

Vocal Duo of the Year Sugarland

Musical Event of the Year "Don't You Wanna Stay," Jason Aldean w/Kelly Clarkson

Music Video of the Year "You and Tequila," Kenny Chesney w/Grace Potter

Musician of the Year Mac McAnally

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