- Entertainer – Kenny Chesney
- Male Vocalist – Brad Paisley
- Female Vocalist – Carrie Underwood
- Vocal Duo – Sugarland
- Vocal Group – Rascal Flatts
- Horizon – Taylor Swift
- Album – George Strait, It Just Comes Natural
- Single – “Before He Cheats” – Carrie Underwood
- Song – “Give it Away” – Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon & Jamey Johnson
- Music Video – “Online” – Brad Paisley
- Musician – Jerry Douglas (Dobro)
- Musical Event – “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” – Tracy Lawrence, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw
No big winners tonight, in terms of numbers. Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney each won two. Best performances: Sugarland, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban and…dare I say it? Kellie Pickler!
Making me feel too old? Taylor Swift. Who’d think that country music would make me feel old at the tender age of 28?
We should go back to one host, or two, and not the slapdash “let’s promote our TV shows” way it was done this year. If you have to pick an ABC star, have Kimberly Williams co-host with a country artist. Or, do the obvious and just bring back Vince!
Thanks to all of you who posted in the comments and hung out with me tonight. You’ve shattered my site traffic record! It’s starting to feel like a real community here at Country Universe!
10:56 He’s giving a wonderful speech, very humble and appreciative.
10:55 Entertainer: Kenny Chesney. Three wins, ties him for second place with Alabama on the all-time wins list in this category. Garth Brooks remains top dog with four.
10:54 Home stretch, and not a moment too soon. I’m just about out of wit!
10:50 Well, alright. That just happened. Next?
10:46 Holy crap. Jamie Foxx is wiping the floor with Gary LeVox. That’s right. Wanda the Ugly Girl is out-singing you.
10:45 Did she just call Ray Charles one of the greatest country singers of all-time?
10:38 Male Vocalist: Brad Paisley. Now Willie Nelson’s all alone as the guy with the most nominations without a win in this category.
10:37 “What the hell am I doing here?” Ha! I was thinking the same thing!
10:36 Okay, Kimberly and LeAnn can co-host next year.
10:34 Give her the props she’s due, though. Pickler’s giving a beautiful performance. Brought herself to tears. Wow.
10:33 On a dull night, one of the only new acts with a real personality is singing a downer song. Unleash your inner Mindy McCready, Pickler!
10:31 “Check her for ticks and you’re dead, tour.” Ha! Let me add that Kimberly standing in front of that orange CMA award silhouette, she looks like a gaudy Virgin Mary statue come to life. Coming soon to a Queens lawn near you.
10:27 Reba’s presenting Entertainer later. Good pick, but it won’t match the emotional punch of her presenting in to Shania in 1999, when Ms. Twain was the first woman to win since Reba herself back in 1986.
10:23 Another great album I haven’t had a chance to review yet. Josh Turner’s the real deal. If he wins Male Vocalist, he better sing, “VIC-tree!”
10:22 Am I the only person who thought when she mentioned “country music is soul music”, that we were about to hear Jamie Foxx, rather than Josh Turner?