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CMA Awards 2011 Winners: Taylor Swift Named Entertainer of the Year

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Taylor Swift was named Entertainer of the Year for the second time Wednesday night at the 45th annual CMA Awards, which aired live from Nashville, Tenn., on ABC.

Swift now joins Barbara Mandrell as the only other female artist in CMA history ever to be named Entertainer of the Year twice.

"I'm so happy right now!," gushed Swift from the podium.  "This is thanks to all the fans who filled up those stadiums and arenas all over the world this year."

The pop country star then proceeded to thank all the artists who've joined her onstage for her Speak Now tour, reading the names off her arm, where she'd scrawled them with a marker.  That list of names ranged from pop stars like Justin Bieber and Jason Mraz, to rappers like Nelly and T.I., to fellow country stars like Tim McGraw.

While Swift snagged the evening's most prestigious award, the night's big winner was The Band Perry, who scooped up three trophies, including New Artist of the Year, and both Song and Single of the Year for their smash hit "If I Die Young."  Accepting the Song of the Year trophy was Kimberly Perry, who wrote "If I Die Young."

"I truly believe that [the song] would've been written with or without me.  It just always felt like a song that was meant to be here," Perry said.

The night's other winners included country's current power couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.  The two, who wed earlier this year, each picked up their second straight CMA Male and Female Vocalist of the Year awards.

Jason Aldean scored two wins, picking up the Album of the Year award for My Kinda Party, and the Musical Event of the Year trophy for his duet with Kelly Clarkson, "Don't You Wanna Stay."  Sugarland took home their fifth win in the Vocal Duo category, and dedicated it to their fans, especially the "good folks of Indiana."  Over the summer a number of fans were killed when the group's stage collapsed during the Indiana State Fair due to high winds.

Lady Antebellum, meanwhile, scored their third straight win as Vocal Group of the Year.

Here's a list of winners at the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards:

-- Entertainer of the Year: Taylor Swift
-- Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
-- Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton
-- New Artist of the Year: The Band Perry
-- Vocal Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum
-- Single of the Year: "If I Die Young," The Band Perry
-- Album of the Year: My Kinda Party, Jason Aldean
-- Song of the Year: "If I Die Young," The Band Perry
-- Vocal Duo of the Year: Sugarland
-- Musical Event of the Year: "Don't You Wanna Stay," Jason Aldean w/Kelly Clarkson
-- Music Video of the Year: "You and Tequila," Kenny Chesney w/Grace Potter
-- Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally

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Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert Win Big at 46th ACM Awards

Jordan Strauss/WireImage(LAS VEGAS) -- It was ladies night at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held Sunday night in Las Vegas, as the girls -- plus Lady Antebellum -- walked off with all the top prizes.

Taylor Swift captured the ACM's Entertainer of the Year top trophy for the very first time, and the surprised superstar said at the podium, "This is the first time that I've ever won this, and I am just losing my mind!"

Noting that the award was fan-voted, she added, "The fact that his from the fans makes it so are the best thing that has ever happened to me.  Thank you so much!"

In addition to winning the top award, Swift also debuted her new single, "Mean," during the telecast, while playing banjo, and received a standing ovation.

But it was really Miranda Lambert's night, overall.  She took home the Top Female Vocalist trophy, as well as the Single, Song and Video of the Year awards for "The House that Built Me."  On top of her wins, Lambert also performed her new single, "Heart Like Mine."

As for Lady Antebellum, they took home the awards for Album of the Year and Top Vocal Group. 

Here are the winners from Sunday night's ACM Awards:

Entertainer of the Year
Taylor Swift

Top Male Vocalist
Brad Paisley

Top Female Vocalist
Miranda Lambert

Album of the Year
Lady Antebellum, Need You Now

Top Vocal Duo

Top Vocal Group
Lady Antebellum

Single of the Year
Miranda Lambert, "The House that Built Me"

Song of the Year
Miranda Lambert, "The House that Built Me"

Video of the Year

"The House that Built Me," Miranda Lambert

Vocal Event of the Year
Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson, "As She's Walking Away"

Top New Artist
The Band Perry 

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Lambert, Shelton, Paisley & Lady A Win Big at CMA Awards 

Photo Courtesy - Michael Loccisano/ WireImage(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Miranda Lambert and her fiancé Blake Shelton had about the best night two country stars could possibly have Wednesday at the CMA Awards, carting home five awards in all, including Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year and Video for Lambert, and Male Vocalist and Musical Event of the Year for Shelton.  In addition, Miranda's hit "The House that Built Me" was named Song of the Year.

Accepting the award for Female Vocalist from her idol Loretta Lynn towards the end of the night, Lambert said, "I don't know what's going on!  I just told Blake I think we need to go to church!" To top it off, Wednesday was also her 27th birthday.

Shelton's win for Male Vocalist -- his first ever -- earned wild cheers from the crowd, and actual tears from Reba McEntire.  After walking to the podium, Shelton said, "That was 34 years' worth of steps for me, y'all.  This is a really big deal for me...this is unbelievable!"

Lambert was very emotional after winning Female Vocalist but the Album of the Year win, for Revolution, obviously meant a lot, too.  She told the crowd, "It's my baby.  It's what I do. It's what I live for.  Thank you so much for loving it too."

Lambert and Shelton's big night inspired the show's co-host, Brad Paisley to comment, "After the night they're having, I think we can expect a baby in about nine months."

Paisley was no slouch in the winning department either, taking home a long-awaited Entertainer of the Year trophy.  He'd been nominated for the CMA's top award each year since 2005, but it was his first-ever win in that category.

A very emotional Paisley told the crowd, "My hero Little Jimmy Dickens has a saying: 'If you see a turtle on a fence post, it had help getting up there.'  I feel like a turtle tonight."  He then proceeded to thank the fans, his wife Kimberley, his entire team and his late grandfather, who passed in 1987.

The other big winners of the night were Lady Antebellum, who took home Single of the Year for "Need You Now" and Vocal Group of the Year.  Hillary Scott thanked her band mates, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, saying, "I can't imagine two better people to enjoy the ride with...this is so humbling."  Charles thanked his brother, singer Josh Kelley, for "making me move to Nashville six years ago."

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Taylor, Sheryl, Kelly & Kid to Perform on CMA Awards Wednesday

Photo Courtesy - Country Music Association, Inc.(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Country Music Association Awards, or CMAs, air Wednesday night on ABC.  Some of the acts slated to perform include Sheryl Crow, Kelly Clarkson, Kid Rock and Taylor Swift, who last year won the CMA's top award, Entertainer of the Year.

Swift tells ABC News Radio that winning the big prize last year was "one of the most memorable, beautiful, magical moments of my life."  This year, she's up for Best Female Vocalist, a category she won last year as well.  MTV reports that she may perform "Back to December," a song thought to be about Taylor Lautner.

Sheryl Crow, who's a Tennessee resident and counts many country stars among her friends, is a regular on these types of shows -- earlier this year she appeared on the Academy of Country Music awards.  Crow is the kind of artist who's accepted by the rock, pop and country communities, but she says the real reason you'll see her popping up on these shows is "just that I am a serious hambone and I'll show up anywhere and make a fool of myself at the drop of a hat."

Kelly Clarkson will duet with country singer Jason Aldean on the telecast, while Kid Rock may perform a song from his upcoming album, Born Free.

Also performing on the show Wednesday night will be a woman not generally known as a singer: Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow.  She plays a country singer in her new movie, Country Strong, and she'll sing one of the songs from the movie's soundtrack on the telecast.

The CMA Awards air live from Nashville at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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Brad Paisley to Debut New Song on CMA Awards

Photo Courtesy - Arista Nashville(NEW YORK) -- Brad Paisley has been in the studio working on his next album while also getting ready to host the CMA Awards on ABC next Wednesday with Carrie Underwood.  Even though his latest single, "Anything Like Me," is still climbing the chart, Paisley tells ABC News Radio he's decided to debut a brand-new song from the upcoming album at the awards show.

It's called "This Is Country Music," and Paisley really wants his fans to hear the song now. He says, "I wanna sing something new. I think it's time."

When he's working on a new project, Paisley says he usually grabs a buddy and plays the new songs for them in his car. With "This Is Country Music," he says, "I'm essentially going to do that on the CMA Awards for 30-something million people, which is really fun."

No word yet on when Paisley might release his next studio album, but his new Hits Alive double album just came out this week.  It features live and studio versions of his biggest hits, along with "Anything Like Me."

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More Stars Added to CMA Awards Lineup 

Photo Courtesy - Country Music Association, Inc.(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- More star power has been added to next week's CMA Awards.  Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson have confirmed plans to sing their duet "Don't You Wanna Stay" on the show.

Martina McBride, actress Joanna Garcia and Ty Pennington of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition have joined the presenters lineup, as well.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host the 44th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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First CMA Awards Presenters Announced

Photo Courtesy - Country Music Association, Inc.(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The CMA Awards have added more star power with presenters Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker, Easton Corbin and Jerrod Niemann added to the lineup.  The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Kellie Pickler, Chris Young and LeAnn Rimes are also handing out trophies, along with NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return as CMA Awards hosts for a third time.  Paisley thinks this broadcast brings in new fans to country music each year.  He says, "Anytime someone's a new viewer, they're very pleasantly surprised at what they relate to, and what they like that they had no idea they had any interest in prior."

This year's show, set for Nov. 10 on ABC, will offer performances from Paisley and Underwood, along with Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, George Strait, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Blake Shelton and many more.  Gwyneth Paltrow will also make her debut country performance singing the title song from her upcoming movie, Country Strong.

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