It was a little bit of the old mixed with the new at this year’s 47th edition of the Country Music Awards, where rising stars claimed their spot in country music history while some familiar faces made record-breaking wins.
If you didn’t get a chance to tune into the CMAs, SiriusXM’s very own The Highway has got you covered with all of the highlights.
Let’s kick it off with some familiar faces. Blake Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert each individually made history as they continued to reign as Male and Female Vocalist of the Year. This is the fourth consecutive year that the king and queen of Country have won this award. In regards to their winning streak, Shelton admitted to being completely in awe – particularly that his wife is now in the same company as the iconic Reba McEntire.
“We’re starting to feel like the people at the party that never passes it around,” Shelton said.
One of the most controversial moments of the night must have been when part of Kacey Musgraves’ performance was censored. Musgraves – who snagged the New Artist of the Year award – admitted that she really doesn’t understand why that happened. “For some reason people feel the need to censor that word,” she said.
Despite what happened during the award show, this on-the-rise star views her song, Follow Your Arrow, as a “really positive anthem.”
Who can forget about country music’s golden girl, Taylor Swift? The internationally-known star made history yet again as she took home the coveted Pinnacle award, given to artists who take Country music to a whole other level: worldwide. This is only the second time in history that a country star receives such an honor. The first was given to Garth Brooks in 2005.
In reality, Swift had little to no idea about the huge video treatment and presentation that the CMAs had planned for her in celebration of this rare award. Some of her biggest idols were involved, with Julia Roberts, Justin Timberlake, Mick Jagger and Reese Witherspoon among other iconic artists who helped her get to where she is today.
“This is out of a dream, this isn’t a real thing happening to me right now,” Swift said.
Last but definitely not least, the legendary George Strait was honored with the Entertainer of the Year award. Swift – who previously opened up for Strait – commented on his award, recounting how kindly Strait has treated her over the years.
“I was standing with Faith Hill with our arms around each other crying,” she said.
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