CMA Awards 2011: Winners Prove Many Predictions Wrong

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By Justin Sarachik, Christian Post Reporter
November 10, 2011|10:37 am

"The 45th Annual CMA Awards" aired last night on ABC at 8 p.m., and featured country music's biggest stars performing and accepting awards.

Website TheBoot released a prediction sheet yesterday, but some of them proved to be wrong.

The New Artist of the Year award was up for grabs with rookies like Luke Bryan, Eric Church, and Chris Young vying for position. All three are powerhouses in their own right and could have canceled each other out leaving a victory for the Band Perry with their huge hit "If I Die Young," which is exactly how it happened. The award went to the sibling group.

Female Vocalist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year were won by husband and wife duo, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. With the success of Lambert's Revolution album and her Pistol Annies side project, coupled with her marriage to Shelton, the singer had good odds to win.

Shelton had a great year in his own right. He was one of the mentors on "The Voice" and his last album sold extremely well.

Album of the Year went to Jason Aldean for My Kinda Party despite TheBoot predicting a win for Brad Paisley and his producer Frank Rogers because critics felt they created a masterpiece with This Is Country Music.

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Lady Antebellum received Vocal Group of the Year. AOL said their only real competition was the Zac Brown Band.

Single of the Year was projected to be a fight between the Band Perry and Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson and Michael Knox. The Band Perry wound up on top for their song "If I Die Young." The group had one of the biggest hits of the year.

Taylor Swift was predicted to win Music Video of the Year and did so. Many critics felt Swift and Director Declan Whitebloom displayed a perfect blend of funny, cute, and a powerful message to the video.

Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton were the top two candidates for the Entertainer of the Year award, but they were blindsided from a surprise win by Taylor Swift.

Brad Paisley won the award last year, and he was expected to win again because of the success of his "H2o II Wetter and Wilder" world tour.

Swift had the biggest night of any performer, taking home the biggest award, and performing her hit song "Ours."

Other awards won were Song of the Year for The Band Perry and Vocal Duo of the Year for Sugarland.

 

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