The 45th annual Country Music Awards honored the best country artists of 2011 Wednesday night in Nashville, Tenn.
Awards went to superstars such as Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, and The Band Perry – among dozens of others.
The evening saw performances by Blake Shelton, who opened alongside "Footloose" singer Kenny Chesney, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, and The Zac Brown Band – who was joined by Gregg Allman – as well as many other performances by today’s leading country artists.
Despite having to undergo throat surgery later this year, Keith Urban performed the song "Wichita Lineman" during a tribute to legendary singer Glen Campbell at the awards show.
Husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson sang their hit single, "Are You Gonna Kiss Me," and answered the song’s question with a kiss during their performance Wednesday night.
“American Idol” winners Scotty McCreery and Carrie Underwood, who hosted the awards show, each took to the stage with performances. McCreery sang "Walk in the Country" off of his new album while Underwood and co-host Brad Paisley sang their single "Remind Me."
Among the many acts of the night, the final performance was given by Faith Hill who sang "Come Home." The 44-year-old Grammy Award winner has been working on her first album since 2005 and delivered a powerful performance.
The full list of award winners follows.
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
Vocal Duo of the Year: Sugarland
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
Musical Event of the Year: "Don’t You Wanna Stay," Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson
Music Video of the Year: "You and Tequila," Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally, Guitar
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