November 10th, 2010
07:49 PM ET
Hey country music fans! We'll be live blogging the Country Music Association awards starting at 8 p.m. Will Miranda Lambert sweep the competition? Will Brad Paisley finally will Entertainer of the Year? Check back for instant updates throughout the show.
7:57 p.m. I'm wearing pajamas and my red cowboy boots. No, seriously. Bring on the CMAs!
8:05 p.m. Hands down, Carrie Underwood has one of the strongest voices in the music industry. And the greatest legs...
8:12 p.m. There's a reason they keep asking Underwood and Paisley to co-host this show. They're hilarious!
8:15 p.m. And single of the year goes to... "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum.
8:25 p.m. Count one for Miranda Lambert - song of the year goes to "The House that Built Me."
Nowhere else but at the CMAs does thanking God get such an enthusiastic round of applause.
8:30 p.m. Dear Blake Shelton, we're glad you didn't decide on the OshKosh B’Gosh overalls.
8:40 p.m. With all of the pop music infiltration - Miranda Lambert, Lady A, Taylor Swift - it's nice that the CMAs are still paying tribute to old-school country. Do you think country music is losing touch with its roots? Or is the new trend just helping bring it mainstream?
8:45 p.m A TON of strong competition in the new artist category this year. Every single one of the nominees had a No. 1 hit. But the winner is... the Zac Brown Band!
8:48 p.m. Heard a great story on the radio about the song "As She's Walking Away" today. Apparently one of the members of the Zac Brown Band actually had a silent connection with a girl in a bar one night, but she was with another guy so he didn't say anything. Instead, he wrote a song about it. Ten bucks says she would've dumped that other guy in an instant if she knew who she was exchanging longing glances with.
8:54 p.m. Hello, Kenny Chesney *drool*. In other news, his documentary, "Boys of Fall," released on DVD yesterday.
9:08 p.m. Taylor Swift has said so often that she writes her songs about personal experience that I always find myself wondering who she's singing about. Any ideas for "Back to December"?
Wow, super applause for Sugarland. Check out our behind-the-scenes, all-access video with them from earlier this month here.
9:12 p.m. Vocal group of the year goes to Lady Antebellum!
9:21 p.m. True story: My roommate in college used to have a blanket with Keith Urban's face on it. See, fandom isn't just for Bieber tweens.
9:26 p.m. A standing ovation for Reba McEntire's cover of Beyonce's "If I Were a Boy." Nashville will never get enough of that classy lady.
9:31 p.m. Should've seen that coming. Earlier Brad tweeted this: "Just gave away a chevy w/ my new pal Jeff Gordon. He reminds me of someone...somehow. Can't quite place it..." They do look a lot alike, and I kind of wanted to hear Gordon sing.
9:38 p.m. And Miranda Lambert's "Revolution" wins album of the year! That's two... count 'em.
9:42 p.m. You can always count on Kid Rock to bring the... fringe?
9:52 p.m. If Brad Paisley doesn't win entertainer of the year AGAIN (he's been nominated every year since 2005!) there will be a lot of upset fans. He knows how to play to his audience, that's for sure.
9:58 p.m. Vocal duo of the year goes to Sugarland. Shocking! I think the presenter, Joanna Garcia, was more excited that they won than either of the singers. Kristian Bush was adorable though, telling his father he was right to make him play the guitar. One, two, three... awwwww.
10:08 p.m. Male vocalist of the year goes to Blake Shelton! Score another one for the golden couple. They really are adorable. Or sickening. I haven't decided yet.
"That's about 34 years worth of steps right there for me," Shelton says as he climbs the stage slowly. Reba's crying with pride!
10:19 p.m. Carrie often jokes at her concerts that she can't dance. Is that why she's wearing 600 pounds of dress - to prevent her from moving?
10:25 p.m. Between jokes about Lambert and Shelton's upcoming bundle of joy and Dierks Bentley's "roots," Paisley is cracking me up. A few other award show hosts could take note... just sayin'.
10:30 p.m. We're nearing the end. Where is Gwyneth Paltrow? Yeah, I know - they're saving her to keep those people (ahem, my editor) who are watching solely to see if Paltrow really can sing.
10:38 p.m. Wow! Loretta Lynn can still belt it out. I'm going to skip commenting on her dress because she's adorable.
And female vocalist of the year goes to Miranda! She breaks down into tears and ginormous bear hugs. Reba is crying again.
10:50 p.m. Gwyneth looked terrified up there, but she did Hollywood proud. She was totally "Country Strong" (sorry, had to...) I loved the small smile that appeared on her face halfway through when she realized people weren't booing her off the stage. And she plays the guitar - the lady's a triple threat!
Granted I wasn't blown away, but maybe she and Taylor Swift could chat about a duet.
11 p.m. And entertainer of the year goes to...
I heart him so much. "If you see a turtle on a fence post, it had help getting up there, " Paisley says. "And I feel like a turtle on a fence post."
Then he thanks the fans, sounding incredibly choked up. Before thanking everyone else, he talks about his grandpa who told him to learn to play the guitar. "I don't think he ever thought it would draw 20,000 people," Paisley says.
Ok, I'm closing this out before I tear up too. Goodnight everyone!
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