A running gag throughout the night was constant references to Kanye West’s unceremonious interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech during this years VMA’s. Paisley and Underwood began the night by singing their rendition of “Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to be Kanye.”
Taylor actually turned out to be the big winner of the night and even walked away with the Entertainer of the year award. At 19 she is the youngest person to ever win that award. She also managed to walk away with Album of the Year and Female Vocalist of the year.
The night wasn’t all about Taylor though. Country stars took the stage to sing some of their biggest hits of the year. Perhaps the most bittersweet was when Brooks and Dunn performed “Honky Tonk Stomp” this year marked their last year together at the CMA’s since the duo announced their split.
Other notable performances included duos between Vince Gill and Daughtry, and Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley even took a break from their hosting duties to perform a couple numbers themselves.
Paisley walked away with a couple awards himself, he was the winner of Male Vocalist of the year and he and Keith Urban won Musical Event of the Year for their song “Start a band.” Darius Rucker won, as was to be expected, Best New Artist, and Lady Antebellum took home two awards for Single of the Year and for Vocal Group of the year.
Vocal Duo of the Year went to Sugarland, and in honor of Brooks and Dunn’s final year Jennifer Nettles offered up their microphone to Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn to say a few words, the pair, however, politely declined.
All in all it was an eventful night and as Patricia Heaton star of ABC’s comedy “The Middle” said before presenting the award to Vocal Group of the Year “This awards show totally rocks!”