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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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