On the evening of November 1, the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards (CMAs) had Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena rocking with catchy country hits. For the fifth year in a row, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley kept the audience entertained as they hosted the show. I was there too, covering the event for TIME For Kids.
An Entertaining Evening
For country music fans, the CMAs present a rare chance to see many stars perform together on the same stage. For the opening number, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Eric Church sang the song “The Only Way I Know.” Later, Taylor Swift performed her hit “Begin Again,” and Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill sang “Don’t Rush” as a duet. Little Big Town’s performance was my favorite. They sang their hit single, “Pontoon.” Video projectors made the performance stage look like a real moving boat, and beach balls fell from the sky.
When it came to the awards, Blake Shelton, who is also known for his role as a judge on the television show The Voice, was one of the evening’s big winners. He received three trophies, including the prize for Entertainer of the Year, which he said was a big surprise. “I didn't think about that tonight,” Shelton said. And, for the third year in row, he left the CMAs with the Male Vocalist of the Year prize in hand. His wife, Miranda Lambert, won Female Vocalist of the Year for the third time in a row.
Little Big Town, a quartet that includes couple Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook, took home Vocal Group and Single of the Year for “Pontoon.” “This has been a 13-year journey," Fairchild said as her group accepted the award. "We're living proof that if you work really hard and chase your dream, all the good stuff happens and it follows you. "