Taylor Swift, George Strait Among Big Winners at CMAs

Strait wins top honor for third time

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Nov 7, 2013 12:09 AM CST

(Newser) – The Country Music Association Awards paid tribute to the past, present, and future, giving George Strait his third entertainer of the year trophy last night while also awarding a quartet of 20-somethings who are helping to stretch the ever-fluid boundaries of the genre. Strait won the CMA's top honor for the first time since 1990 in something of a victory lap as he launches the final leg of his The Cowboy Rides Away tour—his goodbye to touring. Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, and Kacey Musgraves were among the top winners, as were husband and wife Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.

Swift won two trophies for her "Highway Don't Care" collaboration with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban. Shelton also won two awards, including the prestigious album of the year for "Based on a True Story..." and male vocalist of the year for the fourth time, matching Lambert, who won her fourth female vocalist of the year award. Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley scored single and vocal duo of the year. Musgraves—who, along with Swift, led all nominees with six—won the new artist trophy, besting a field that included Florida Georgia Line. Swift was also given the CMA's Pinnacle Award, which goes to artists who take country music to a worldwide audience, and Kenny Rogers received the CMA's Willie Nelson lifetime achievement award. Click for more on the show, or see a list of all the winners.

The Band Perry, from left, Neil, Kimberly and Reid Perry perform at the 47th annual CMAs on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.
The Band Perry, from left, Neil, Kimberly and Reid Perry perform at the 47th annual CMAs on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.   (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
Taylor Swift poses backstage with her awards at the 47th annual CMAs at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.
Taylor Swift poses backstage with her awards at the 47th annual CMAs at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Carrie Underwood, left, and Tim McGraw at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.
Carrie Underwood, left, and Tim McGraw at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.   (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
Co-hosts Carrie Underwood, left, and Brad Paisley, speak at the 47th annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.
Co-hosts Carrie Underwood, left, and Brad Paisley, speak at the 47th annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.   (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
Brian Kelley, and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line, and Joey Moi with the award for single of the year for Cruise on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.
Brian Kelley, and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line, and Joey Moi with the award for single of the year for "Cruise" on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Darius Rucker closes the 47th annual CMA Awards with a performance of Wagon Wheel on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.
Darius Rucker closes the 47th annual CMA Awards with a performance of "Wagon Wheel" on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.   (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
Luke Bryan performs Drink a Beer, a song dedicated to his brother Chris , and sister Kelly, at the CMAs on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.
Luke Bryan performs "Drink a Beer," a song dedicated to his brother Chris , and sister Kelly, at the CMAs on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.   (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
George Strait poses with the award for entertainer of the year at the 47th annual CMAs on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.
George Strait poses with the award for entertainer of the year at the 47th annual CMAs on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Kelly Clarkson, left, presents Blake Shelton with the award for male vocalist of the year on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.
Kelly Clarkson, left, presents Blake Shelton with the award for male vocalist of the year on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.   (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
Kenny Rogers accepts the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. At right is Jennifer Nettles.
Kenny Rogers accepts the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. At right is Jennifer Nettles.   (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
Alan Jackson and George Strait shake hands after paying tribute to George Jones at the 47th annual CMAs on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.
Alan Jackson and George Strait shake hands after paying tribute to George Jones at the 47th annual CMAs on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.   (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
Kacey Musgraves poses with the award for new artist of the year at the 47th annual CMAs on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.
Kacey Musgraves poses with the award for new artist of the year at the 47th annual CMAs on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Carrie Underwood performs at the 47th annual CMAs on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.
Carrie Underwood performs at the 47th annual CMAs on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.   (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
Darius Rucker sings The Gambler at the 47th annual CMAs on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. In background are Kenny Rogers and Jennifer Nettles.
Darius Rucker sings "The Gambler" at the 47th annual CMAs on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. In background are Kenny Rogers and Jennifer Nettles.   (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
Taylor Swift accepts the Pinnacle award at the 47th annual CMAs on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.
Taylor Swift accepts the Pinnacle award at the 47th annual CMAs on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.   (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
Taylor Swift  performs at the 47th annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.
Taylor Swift performs at the 47th annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.   (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
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