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Taylor Swift wins Entertainer of the Year at "The 45th Annual CMA Awards," Country Music's Biggest Night, on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

The 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards was a big night for some of country’s hottest stars.

Taylor Swift was named Entertainer of the Year joining Barbara Mandrell as only the second female in CMA history to be named Entertainer of the Year twice.

Taylor may have received the night’s highest honor, but The Band Perry was the big winner taking home 3 awards including New Artist of the Year. Jason Aldean wasn’t far behind scoring wins for Album of the Year and Musical Event of the Year.

Newlyweds Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton brought home awards for Female and Male Vocalists of the Year for the second year in row. Meanwhile, Lady Antebellum took home Vocal Group of the Year and Sugarland dedicated their trophy for Vocal Duo of the Year to their fans.

Carrie and Underwood and Brad Paisley paired up for the fourth time to host the awards show and did not disappoint. In between laughs some of Nashville’s top talent also took the stage including Keith Urban, Sara Evans and Rascal Flatts who sang their latest single, Easy, with Natasha Bedingfield.

Below is a complete list of this year’s winners.

Entertainer of the Year: Taylor Swift

Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton

Vocal Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum

Vocal Duo of the Year: Sugarland

New Artist of the Year: The Band Perry

Album of the Year: My Kinda Party, Jason Aldean

Single of the Year: “If I Die Young”, The Band Perry

Song of the Year: “If I Die Young”, The Band Perry

Video of the Year: “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert

Musical Event of the Year: “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” Jason Aldean featuring Kelly Clarkson

Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally, guitar

Music Video of the Year: “You and Tequila,” Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter

What is country music?

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Awards Beat: ACA – Dec. 5

Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth have been announced as hosts of the second annual American Country Awards. Adkins also hosted last year’s show which featured performances and appearances by some of country’s top artists including Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton and The Band Perry. Since then Adkins has had a busy year… Continue Reading

And the winner is… COUNTRY

And the winner is… COUNTRY

Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert big winners at annual country music awards show in Las Vegas. Aside from all of the guest performances, celebrity presenters and, of course, key sponsors, country music shined at the annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Although, it’s getting harder and harder to navigate through what is considered country music, ultimately… Continue Reading

ACM Preshow Rundown

ACM Preshow Rundown

The 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, at 7 p.m. central time on the CBS Network. Compared to other televised music industry awards show, the country-only shows provide fans with the ultimate viewing pleasure. In 2011, here’s what… Continue Reading

It’s a Two-peat!

It’s a Two-peat!

US99, Lisa Dent, Ramblin’ Ray and Marci Braun pick up some new hardware at annual industry awards program. Annually, the Country Radio Broadcasters Association convenes, in Nashville, to discuss the state of the industry, meet with the artists and to honor some of country radio’s top stations and personalities. While there’s no question to us… Continue Reading

Near Sweep for Lady A

Near Sweep for Lady A

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The Grammys: Live Blog

The Grammys: Live Blog

Country Music Chicago covers the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.   The Grammy awards provides country music with a chance to showcase “our kind of music” to the world. Follow our live blog for for commentary on which country stars are representing, who’s hot and what’s not. Log-on to and turn your TV on to… Continue Reading

Grammy Preview

Grammy Preview

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will broadcast live on Sunday, at 7 p.m. cst on the CBS Network. Lady Antebellum fronts country music at annual Grammy Awards with three nominations in the overall category while Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert join Lady A as leaders within the genre. The big question remains whether Lady Antebellum… Continue Reading