» 47th CMA Awards – The Run Down

The stars were out in full force as The 47th Annual CMA Awards got underway last night in Nashville. The event was hosted for the sixth consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and was broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena on ABC. Luke Bryan kicked off the night with a stunning performance of his recent number one hit “That’s My Kind of Night.” Bryan’s performance then transitioned straight into Florida Georgia Line playing their multi-platinum single “Cruise, with Luke joining in the performance. George Strait took home the night’s top honor of Entertainer of the Year, an award the singer hasn’t won in 23 years. Blake Shelton andMiranda Lambert continued their winning streak at the CMA Awards, each picking up their fourth consecutive win in the Male and Female Vocalist of the Year categories. Shelton also picked up the Album of the Year award for his 2013 record Based on a True Story. FGL also had a big night, taking home trophies for Vocal Duo of the Year and Single of the Year for “Cruise.”

Some of the key moments of the night:

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood came out on the stage pretending to feud with each other and performed a comical version of “Why Can’t We Be Friends.” In the song, the lyrics referenced the feud between Luke Bryan and Zac Brown. Luke then walked up to Zac in his seat and the two hugged.

Brad and Carrie also did a “quack” version of Robin Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines,” with Willieand Jase Robertson from the A&E reality series Duck Dynasty coming out onstage and dancing.

Kellie Picker was joined by Sean “Diddy” Combs to present the award to Little Big Town for Vocal Group of the Year. Before they announced the winner, Combs said “Ladies and gentlemen…are ya’ll surprised to see me?” Sean then shouted, “Well I’m here!”

Performances of the night:

Jason Aldean performed his number one song “Night Train”

Kacey Musgraves performed her current single “Follow Your Arrow”

Lady Antebellum performed their new single “Compass”

Little Big Town sang their current single “Sober.”

Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert performed for the first time together on the CMA Awards stage, playing Keith’s current duet single “We Were Us” from his album Fuse.

Taylor Swift performed an intimate acoustic version of her current Top 10 single “Red” withVince GillAlison KraussSam Bush, bassist Edgar Meyer, and percussionist Eric Darken.

Hunter Hayes and Jason Mraz performed Hunter’s current single “Everybody’s Got Somebody but Me.” Their performance began backstage and the cameras followed them as they walked up to the stage. Once they made it onstage, Hunter announced the nominees for the New Artist of the Year category, which was won by Kacey Musgraves.

Eric Church rocked the stage with his new single “The Outsiders.” Flames shot out of the stage during his rousing performance.

The Band Berry performed their current single “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely.”

Tim McGraw performed his current number one single “Southern Girl.”

Blake Shelton performed his current single “Mine Would Be You.”

Carrie Underwood performed a special medley of four of her hit songs, including “Good Girl,” “Blown Away,” “Two Black Cadillacs” and “See You Again.”

Zac Brown Band was joined by Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl to debut a brand new song called “Day for the Dead.” Grohl played drums on the song.

Brad Paisley performed the song “The Mona Lisa,” which appears on his latest albumWheelhouse.

Luke Bryan gave a special performance of his new single “Drink A Beer,” which he dedicated to the memory of his brother Chris and sister Kelly, who passed away in 1996 and 2007 respectively.

Darius Rucker closed the ceremony out with a performance of his number one single “Wagon Wheel.”

The Pinnacle Award

Taylor Swift was presented with The Pinnacle Award, an honor that recognizes an artist that has attained the highest degree of recognition within the broad expanse of music worldwide. The only other recipient of the prestigious honor is Garth Brooks, who took home the award in 2005. Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and George Strait were all on the stage to present Taylor with the award. There were also special video messages fromCarly Simon, Mick Jagger, Justin Timberlake, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, Ellen DeGeneres and more.

George Jones Tribute

In a special tribute to the late George JonesGeorge Strait and Alan Jackson performed a duet of Jones’ signature song “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” The performance got a standing ovation from the audience.

Kenny Rogers Tribute

Recent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Kenny Rogers was honored by a special musical tribute. Kenny sat in a chair as Jennifer Nettles serenaded him with part of his 1977 song “Sweet Music Man.” Rascal Flatts then performed the song “Just Dropped In.” Darius Ruckerwalked out onstage to perform Kenny’s 1978 hit “The Gambler.” Rogers then joined Nettles to perform the 1983 number one duet “Islands in the Stream.”  Jennifer then presented Kenny with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.

THE FINAL WINNERS FOR THE 47TH CMA AWARDS

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

George Strait

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Miranda Lambert

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Blake Shelton

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

Little Big Town

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

Florida Georgia Line

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))

“Cruise”

Florida Georgia Line

Produced by Joey Moi

Republic Nashville

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))

Based on a True Story

Blake Shelton

Produced by Scott Hendricks

Warner Bros. Records

SONG OF THE YEAR

(Award goes to Songwriter(s))

“I Drive Your Truck”

Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, and Jimmy Yeary

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR

(Award goes to each artist)

“Highway Don’t Care”

Tim McGraw (with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban)

Big Machine Records

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

Mac McAnally (Guitar)

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

“Highway Don’t Care”

Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

Directed by Shane Drake

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Kacey Musgraves

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