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2013 CMAs: And the award goes to...

2013 CMAs: And the award goes to...

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The man known as "The King of Country" now has the new title -- 2013 Entertainer of the Year.  George Strait captured top honors at the 47th annual Country Music Association Awards, which aired on ABC Wednesday night.  Strait gave a nod to his father, who just passed away five months ago, expressing his amazement over the win. 

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It's the first time in more than 20 years that Strait has taken the prize.  He's previously earned the Entertainer of the Year award twice, with back-to-back wins in 1989 and 1990.  It was also a big night for Blake Shelton and country newcomers Florida Georgia Line, who both took two categories at the event.  Other winners include Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, and Lee Brice. 

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The star-packed ceremony also featured plenty of music.  Eric Church, Luke Bryan, and Zac Brown Band were among the stars who played new songs during the ceremony, while Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, and The Band Perry are just a few of the many other artists who performed at the event.  In addition, all-star tributes celebrated special award recipients Taylor Swift and Kenny Rogers, while Strait and Alan Jackson remembered the late country legend George Jones.  Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood served as hosts of the 47th annual CMA Awards, which were presented at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena Wednesday night. Find out who won big on Country Music's Biggest Night below!

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Nominees and Winners for the 47th CMA Awards: 

Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award: Kenny Rogers

Pinnacle Award: Taylor Swift

Entertainer of the Year 

Jason Aldean 
Luke Bryan 
Blake Shelton 
George Strait  - WINNER
Taylor Swift 

Female Vocalist of the Year 

Kelly Clarkson 
Miranda Lambert  - WINNER
Kacey Musgraves 
Taylor Swift 
Carrie Underwood 

Male Vocalist of the Year 

Jason Aldean 
Luke Bryan 
Eric Church 
Blake Shelton  - WINNER
Keith Urban 

New Artist of the Year 

Lee Brice 
Brett Eldredge 
Florida Georgia Line 
Kip Moore 
Kacey Musgraves - WINNER

Vocal Duo of the Year 

Big and Rich 
Florida Georgia Line - WINNER
Love and Theft 
Sugarland 
Civil Wars 
Thompson Square 

Vocal Group of the Year 

Eli Young Band 
Lady Antebellum 
Little Big Town - WINNER
The Band Perry 
Zac Brown Band 

Album of the Year 

Little Big Town, Tornado 
Kacey Musgraves, Same Trailer Different Park
Blake Shelton, Based on a True Story
Taylor Swift, Red 
Carrie Underwood, Blown Away 

Single of the Year 

Florida Georgia Line, "Cruise" 
Miranda Lambert, "Mama's Broken Heart" 
Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, "Highway Don't Care" 
Kacey Musgraves, "Merry Go Round" 
Darius Rucker, "Wagon Wheel" 

Song of the Year (songwriter's award) 

Lee Brice, "I Drive Your Truck" (Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, and Jimmy Yeary) 
Miranda Lambert, "Mama's Broken Heart" (Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and Kacey Musgraves) 
Kacey Musgraves, "Merry Go Round" (Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves, and Josh Osborne) 
Little Big Town, "Pontoon" (Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby, and Luke Laird) 
Darius Rucker, "Wagon Wheel" (Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor) 

Musical Event of the Year 

Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church, "The Only Way I Know" 
Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill, "Don't Rush" 
Florida Georgia Line with Nelly, "Cruise" 
Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, "Highway Don't Care" 
Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies, "Boys 'Round Here" 

Music Video of the Year 

Lady Antebellum, "Downtown" 
Miranda Lambert, "Mama's Broken Heart" 
Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, "Highway Don't Care" 
Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies, "Boys 'Round Here" 
Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away" 

Musician of the Year 

Sam Bush (mandolin) 
Paul Franklin (steel guitar) 
Dann Huff (guitar) 
Brent Mason (guitar) 
Mac McAnally (guitar) - WINNER

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