A night of Country Music

By: Bailey Sowka

The 44th CMA Awards were hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. Photo courtesy of Google images

Actors, singers, and entertainers from every genre put all of their effort into their work for that one award show that can help make their career a long lasting one. For T.V. show personalities, that award show is the Emmy’s, for movie stars it’s the Oscar’s, and for country singers, it’s the CMA awards or the Country Music Awards. The CMAs are said to be the most modest of the award shows, and the 2010 Country Music Awards proved just that. The award show, aired November 10th on ABC, paid tribute to music and focused primarily on the music. Taylor Swift was not interrupted, nor was there a sudden in-crowd fight amongst other singer/song writers. 

For some singers, this night was a special one; a night that will forever be a milestone in their career. Miranda Lambert, for instance, went home with four awards for the night. Lambert outdid some of the long-time veterans like Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, and Taylor Swift, all of whom did not take home a single award. Lambert’s fiancé, Blake Shelton, got to join his trophy wife at the winner’s stand with an award for himself, Male Vocalist of the Year. Another male who made it big this night was Brad Paisley who received Entertainer of the Year, a career first. Other highlights of the night included Lady Antebellum winning Vocal Group of the Year, Sugarland winning Vocal Duo of the Year, and The Zac Brown Band winning New Artist of the Year.        

Along with the awards was the vast variety of performances throughout the night. Carrie Underwood opened the show with “Songs Like This.” Taylor Swift, of course, performed a song off her new album. Gwyneth Paltrow made her country music debut the same night by performing her new song from an upcoming film in which she’s starring, “Country Strong.”  This year’s Country Music Award show was filled with fresh talent, great performances, and the acknowledgement to what matters most at a music award show- the people that make the songs we catch ourselves singing along to in the car.


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