While last night’s CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena did not really bring along any big surprises, the show proved once again how strong  and loyal following Country Music has and how dedicated the fans really are. The show also proved  how Country Music, while constantly  evolving  through different musical trends and styles, still seem  to stem from the same simple principle that has driven it since the beginning: staying true to the audience with songs  that speak, connect and touch listeners’ everyday lives.

The importance of the fans was also echoed in Brad Paisely’s words, while picking up his first-ever win for the “Entertainer Of The Year” title: “It sounds like a cliche when you say thanks to the fans, but the great thing about Country fans is that when you say ‘fans,’ I don’t even mean mine…You guys are loyal to everyone in this room.”

Miranda Lambert was expected to dominate the show with nine nominations and took  home three titles for herself (Female Vocalist Of the Year, Album Of the Year and Music Video Of the Year) in addition to being the performer of the Song Of The Year, The House That Built Me” and her fiance Blake Shelton got his first CMA Awards of his career for Male Vocalist Of The Year and Musical Event Of The Year. He, in fact,  got so busy going on and off stage last night, he was held off from his usual TWEETING habit…it was”All About Tonight” for Blake and Miranda!

Other expected winners included Lady Antebellum, with  their second-in-a-row  CMA win for the Single Of The Year for “Need You Now“, Zac Brown Band got their first CMA Award for New Artist Of The Year and Sugarland for Vocal Duo Of the Year which was already their 4th CMA title in a row.

One notable standing-ovation during the night went to Gwyneth Paltrow. And for a reason: She might as well have won the “Bravest New Cross-Over Celebrity Of The Year” -award. While the latest entertainment magazines have reported on how Paltrow had to prepare for her role in the movie Country Strong by eating things like fried chicken to gain weight rapidly up to 20lbs (and then quickly lose it by the time she hit the stage for the CMA‘s debut performance) she proved she didn’t just pick up the guitar and weekend singing lessons while she was dieting. This may have been her first performance as a country artist, but something tells us this will not be her last.

Check out our recent NMM episode featuring Gwyneth Paltrow here.


All of us here at Nashville Music Minute also would like to extend our warmest congratulations to this year’s CMA RADIO AWARD recepients:

STATION OF THE YEAR WINNERS: KWJJ 99.5 THE WOLF (Portland, OR), KAJA KJ-97 (San Antonio, TX), WIVK  FM 107.7 (Knoxville, TN), WGSQ COUNTRY GIANT 94.7 (Cookeville, TN).

RADIO PERSONALITIES OF THE YEAR WINNERS: Lon Helton, Ben Campbell, Matt McAllister, Gerry House, Mike Bohan, Richard Falklen, Al Voecks and Duncan Stewart for “The House Foundation“, Andy Ritchie, Allison Mencer and Jimmy Holt for the “Andy and Allison and the Morning Crew“, Bill Poindexter and Melissa Turner for “The Dex and Mo Show“.

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