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  • 2011 Country Music Awards

    Hank Williams Jr. made a surprise appearance during Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood's opening spoof of his "Monday Night Football" theme song "Are You Ready?", receiving a standing ovation from the crowd. Williams was recently dropped by ESPN from "Monday Night Football" after a comment he made comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler.
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    Taylor Swift was the night's big winner at the 2011 CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn., winning Entertainer of the Year. "This is amazing," she said. "You have made my year!"
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  • 2011 Country Music Awards

    Miranda Lambert receives the CMA Award for Female Vocalist of the Year at the 45th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena, Nov. 9, 2011 in Nashville, Tenn.
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  • 2011 Country Music Awards

    Siblings Kimberly Perry, Reid Perry and Neil Perry of The Band Perry took home Single of the Year and Song of the Year for their song "If I Die Young."
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  • 2011 Country Music Awards

    Taylor Swift performs at the 45th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena, Nov. 9, 2011 in Nashville, Tenn.
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  • 2011 Country Music Awards

    Sugarland won Vocal Duo of the Year, their fifth win in that category. "Thank you to the good folks of Indiana. This is for the fans," lead singer Jenifer Nettles said, referencing the stage collapse at the band's concert at the Indiana State Fair in August that killed seven people.
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  • 2011 Country Music Awards

    Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Vince Gill perform a tribute to "The Rhinestone Cowboy" Glen Campbell, who is battling Alzheimer's, Nov. 9, 2011 in Nashville, Tenn.
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  • 2011 Country Music Awards

    Faith Hill performs at the CMA's for the first time in five years, singing "Come Home," a single from her upcoming new album. Other performers at the 45th annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. on Nov. 9, 2011 included Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, and many more.
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  • 2011 Country Music Awards

    Lionel Richie performs with Little Big Town at the 45th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena, Nov. 9, 2011 in Nashville, Tenn. Richie also performed with Darius Rucker for "Stuck On You" and with Rascal Flatts for "Dancing on the Ceiling."
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  • 2011 Country Music Awards

    Jason Aldean performs at the 45th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena, Nov. 9, 2011 in Nashville, Tenn. The award for Album of the Year went to Aldean for "My Kinda Party."
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  • 2011 Country Music Awards

    Grace Potter and Kenny Chesney perform at the 45th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena, Nov. 9, 2011 in Nashville, Tenn.
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  • 2011 Country Music Awards

    Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum perform at the 45th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena, Nov. 9, 2011 in Nashville, Tenn. Lady Antebellum won the CMA award for Vocal Group of the Year.
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