Weknowthedj Recap: 2013 CMA Awards

November 11, 2013
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In Nashville, Tennessee, November 6th was the night the cowboy boots and hats were traded in for stilettos and designer duds. What could cause fun-loving and carefree country artists to dress up in Hollywood style for the night? The 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards, of course!

The show started with long-time hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood delivering an opening monologue filled with plenty of digs to pop culture and current events. The monologue featured references to feuding, Obamacare and multiple jabs were taken at Miley Cyrus, all while performing “Why Can’t We Be Friends.” Performing a parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” members of America’s favorite redneck family, the Robertson’s from A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” joined Paisley and Underwood on stage, accompanied by duck calls and decoys!

The “Why Can’t We Be Friends” and “Blurred Lines” snippets weren’t the only times Underwood showed off her flawless voice during the award ceremony; she gave viewers a dazzling medley of “Good Girl,” “Two Black Cadillacs,” “”See You Again,” and “Blown Away.” Luke Bryan opened the ceremony with an abbreviated performance of “That’s My Kind of Night,” before handing the microphone over to Florida Georgia Line. Bryan would return to the stage later in the night to perform his new single, “Drink a Beer” in honor of his late brother and sister. Tim McGraw hit the stage with a timeless performance of “Southern Girl,” while Taylor Swift turned her hit single “Red” into a bluegrass version of the usually upbeat track. Hunter Hayes and Jason Mraz teamed up and treated the crowd to “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me.” While Swift’s performance with Vince Gill and Alison Krauss earned a standing ovation, Little Big Town’s performance of “Sober” was the highlight of the show, mainly due to Kimberly Schlapman’s rare opportunity to sing lead.

As one of country music’s biggest nights, it’s no surprise that the CMA Awards feature the biggest acts and the biggest awards. Recent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Kenny Rogers was presented the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award as Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker and Jennifer Nettles joined Rogers on stage to perform a few of his hits. Taylor Swift took home three CMA awards, including the Pinnacle Award, an award given to an artist who takes country music to a worldwide audience. George Strait, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley joined Taylor on stage to present the award, which has only had one previous winner; Garth Brooks took home the Pinnacle Award in 2005. While Taylor was celebrating the Pinnacle Award, George Strait took home the night’s top honor, Entertainer of the Year. The sixty-one year old from Texas can add this year’s award to the other two CMA awards for Entertainer of the Year already positioned on his mantle. Also adding plenty of awards to their mantle, husband and wife Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. The pair joined the four-time club as they brought home Male Vocalist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year for the fourth time each, making us wonder what their home life sounds like! We’ve posted the full winners list from the 47th Annual CMA Awards below so check that out!

Entertainer of the Year: George Strait

Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert

Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town

Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line

New Artist of the Year: Kacey Musgraves

Album of the Year: Blake Shelton—“Based on a True Story”

Single of the Year: Florida Georgia Life—“Cruise”

Song of the Year: “I Drive Your Truck”

Musical Event of the Year: Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, “Highway Don’t Care”

Music Video of the Year: Tim McGraw—“Highway Don’t Care”

Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally

Pinnacle Award: Taylor Swift

As the 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards have come to a close, the artists are hanging up their designer gowns and fancy suits and putting their cowboy boots back on.  The awards have been handed out and the acceptance speeches have been recited so now it’s time to get back in the studio and continue to make carefree tracks that make you want to move. We’re anticipating what’s to come in the next year from all of the artists! Send us a tweet at @weknowthedj and let us know your thoughts on country music.

Meg C. (@megchamp07)

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