According to E!Online, here is the 2012 CMA Awards Best & Worst: Taylor Swift Kennedy Jokes, Brad & Carrie, Winners & More
The 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards was the usual blend of all-star concert event, glitzy red-carpet affair and tight-knit family potluck.
Hosted yet again by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley (or Ma and Pa of the CMAs, at this point), the Nashville-based country music kudosfest was jam-packed with tunes and good vibes from start to finish.
But while there were plenty of laughs, it’s not like three hours could go by without some awkward moments. We’re taking the liberty of chronicling the most memorable bits, for better or worse, in addition to offering up the complete list of winners, as they’re announced. Here’s what’s goin’ down:
Country-Strong Opening Act: As he launched into “The Only Way I Know,” Jason Aldean kicked off the show by dedicating the 2012 CMA Awards to New York, New Jersey and “all our friends on the East Coast” affected by the massive storm that battered the area this week. And because the only thing better than one country superstar jamming is more of the same, he was promptly joined onstage by current heartthrobs Luke Bryan and Eric Church, the latter the night’s leading nominee, with five.
Most Awkward Monologue Joke: While discussing all the big sports trades (Tim Tebow to the Jets, Peyton Manning to the Broncos, etc.) Paisley joked that the biggest shuffle was the Kennedy family trading Arnold Schwarzenegger for Taylor Swift. “What?! Why don’t I ever hear about thes things? I’m the last one to know!” protested a mock-mortified Paisley after Underwood informed him that Swift and Conor Kennedy had broken up. Cue the too-long play on “We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together.”
Biggest Missed Opportunity: The camera didn’t pan to Swift to see her reaction! Boo!
Most Laborious Joke: The hosts assembled a bunch of hot nurses and a rather elderly doctor to “induce” Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, whose first child is due in about three weeks. No one feared for Nettles’ safety, but…it was a little creepy.
Most Emotional Moment: Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton shared the songwriters’ Song of the Year honor for “Over You.” “I lost my brother in a car wreck when I was 14 years old and, later in life, when I decided I wanted to be a country singer, my dad always told me, ‘Son, you should write a song about your brother,’” Shelton said as Lambert teared up beside him. “I lost my dad in January and it’s so amazing to to me that, tonight, even after he’s gone, he’s still right! I just needed the right person to write this song with, and the right person to sing it.” He said, turning to his wife, “I love you so much, baby.”
Most Randomly Charming Moment: Paisley picking the theme song to The Andy Griffith Show on his guitar in tribute to the late actor, who died this year.
Bestest Best of the Night: The music, as always! From Aldean, Church and Bryan’s opening number to Miranda Lambert’s fiery “Fastest Girl in Town” to Zac Brown Band’s tearjerker rendition of “I Saw Goodbye in Her Eyes” to the Band Perry’s foot-stomping “Better Dig Two,” it’s hard to beat a country show for consistency of performance quality throughout.
So far, here’s the complete list of winners from the 46th Annual CMA Awards:
Entertainer of the Year:
Album of the Year: Chief, Eric Church
Female Vocalist of the Year:
Male Vocalist of the Year:
Vocal Group of the Year:
Single of the Year: “Pontoon,” Little Big Town
Song of the Year: “Over You,” Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert (songwriters)
Musical Event of the Year: “Feel Like a Rock Star,” Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally
Music Video of the Year: “Red Solo Cup,” Toby Keith
New Artist of the Year: