Official Recap: CelebSecrets4U Breaks Down the 46th Annual CMA Awards (Winners’ List/Photos)

Miranda LambertandBlake Sheltoncontinued their reigns as Country Music’s Female and Male Vocalists of the Year at “The 46thAnnual CMA Awards,” with Shelton also securing his first victory in the coveted Entertainer of the Year category.

“The 46thAnnual CMA Awards” was hosted for the fifth time byBrad PaisleyandCarrie Underwoodand broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena inNashvilleon the ABC Television Network.

Lambert and Sheltonmade history by winning Female and Male Vocalist of the Year for the third consecutive year. Shelton and Lambert also won Song of the Year for “Over You.” Although three married couples have been previously nominated for CMA Song of the Year Awards honors Ed and Patsy Brucefor “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” in 1978, Sanger D. “Whitey” Shafer andDarlene Shaferfor “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” in 1985, and “All My Ex’s Live inTexas,” written by Whitey Shafer and his fourth wifeLydia Shaferin 1987 Lambert and Shelton are the first to take the prize.

First-time CMA Awards winners includeEric Churchfor Album of the YearChief,Little Big Townfor Vocal Group and Single of the Year (“Pontoon”),Hunter Hayesfor New Artist of the Year, andThompson Squarefor Vocal Duo of the Year. As producer of bothChiefand “Pontoon,”Jay Joycewas awarded for Album and Single of the Year, also marking his debut as a CMA Award winner.

In presentations made before the broadcast,Mac McAnallyearned his fifth Musician of the Year victory.

Earlier on Thursday, two CMA Awards were presented live on ABC’s “Good Morning America” from Times Square inNew York.Kenny ChesneyandTim McGrawwon Musical Event of the Year for “Feel Like a Rock Star.” CMA Music Video of the Year honors went toToby Keithand directorMichael Salomonfor “Red Solo Cup.”

In a special tribute to Country Music Hall of Fame memberWillie Nelson,Lady Antebellumperformed “You Were Always on My Mind” and “Crazy,” then Shelton,Keith Urban,and Nelson’s longtime harmonica playerMickey Raphaeljoined on “Whiskey River.”Faith Hilland McGraw followed in a duet appearance, singing “Good Hearted Woman.” Nelson joined them all, strapped on his trademark guitar “Trigger” and sang “On the Road Again.” Paisley then surprised Nelson with the first-ever CMA Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be renamed the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Full 2012 CMA Awards details, including nominations and performers are available, which also includes CMA Awards history, a searchable database of past CMA Awards nominees and winners, host information, merchandise and much more. The CMA AwardsStorehas T-shirts, hoodies, hats, mugs, tote bags and more official merchandise for fans to purchase online. Fans can connect with CMA online,,,, and by downloading thefree CMA Awards appavailable for iPhone and Android.

The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 11,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was formed in 1958 as the first trade organization to promote an individual genre of music. The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on NBC television for the first time making it the longest-running annual music awards program on network television. The Awards aired on NBC through 1971 and on the CBS Television Network from 1972 through 2005. The CMA Awards moved to ABC in 2006, where it will remain through 2021.

“The 46thAnnual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association.Robert Deatonis the Executive Producer,Paul Milleris the Director, andDavid Wildis the writer.

The Winners of “The 46thAnnual CMA Awards” are:
Entertainer of the Year
Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist of the Year
Blake Shelton

New Artist of the Year
Hunter Hayes

Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town

Vocal Duo of the Year
Thompson Square

Album of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
Eric Church
Produced byJay Joyce
EMI Records Nashville

Single of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
Little Big Town
Produced byJay Joyce
Capitol Records Nashville

Song of the Year
(Award goes to Songwriter(s))
“Over You”
Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton

Musical Event of the Year
(Award goes to each Artist)
“Feel Like a Rock Star”
Kenny Chesney
(duet withTim McGraw)
Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville

Music Video of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Director)
“Red Solo Cup”
Toby Keith
Directed byMichael Salomon

Musician of the Year
Mac McAnally Guitar

Chevrolet is the Official Ride of Country Music.American Airlines is the Official Airline of the CMA Awards.

Photographed below courtesy of Getty Images:Taylor Swift, Lucy Hale, Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery, Hunter Hayes, Hayden Paniterre, Shawn Johnson, Carrie Underwood.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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