Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift Win American Music Awards
Fresh from victories at the CMAs a few weeks ago, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift were honored as Favorite Male and Female Artist at the American Music Awards Sunday night. Other winners in the country music category announced during the star-studded telecast from Los Angeles were Rascal Flatts, who took home their third consecutive Favorite Group trophy, and Carrie Underwood, whose 'Carnival Ride' was named Favorite Album.
Winning his first AMA, Brad told the crowd, "I have always wanted to win an American Music Award." Turning the trophy over, he added, "It certainly is a real ... Made in China? Anyway, thank you so much for this. God bless you guys."
Later, when he called his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, to deliver the good news, Paisley became aware she was otherwise occupied.
"She whispered that she was in the movies and had the show TiVo-ed and couldn't talk. She was watching the new Bond or something so I guess she was having a good night ... with James Bond."
Backstage, after winning their award, Rascal Flatts spoke to the press about the opening act on their upcoming tour, Jessica Simpson.
"We listened to tons of artists, but we felt that [she] was a great fit for us and we thought it would be a good marriage for us so-to-speak," FOX News reports. They also hinted that Simpson may be collaborating with them on a song for their next album.
"We like pushing the envelope," they said.
Taylor Swift, who performed during the show, offered details of how she and girlfriends Julianne Hough, Jordin Sparks and Ashley Tisdale, celebrated BFF Miley Cyrus' 16th birthday, which was also Sunday.
"Us girls got together and thought it would be fun to do a little surprise party for Miley. She deserves it," Taylor said. The impromptu celebration included balloons and a cake.
Apparently, things in the Cyrus household have been going pretty well. Miley's gift from Dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, was a recording studio.
Winners of the American Music Awards were chosen by fans through online voting.