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CMA Award Winners 2009

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift was the belle of the ball at the 43rd Annual CMA Awards, leading the pack of winners with four trophies: Female Vocalist, Album of the Year, Video of the Year and the night’s biggest honor, Entertainer of the Year.

“I will never forget this moment, because in this moment everything that I have ever wanted has just happened to me,” a teary Taylor said upon receiving the coveted Entertainer trophy, becoming the youngest artist in history to win the award.

Brad Paisley and Lady Antebellum each had two CMA wins. It was Brad’s third consecutive win for Male Vocalist, and he also shares an award with buddy Keith Urban, as they took home Musical Event of the Year for their duet, ‘Start a Band.’ Lady A beat Rascal Flatts‘ streak of six consecutive Vocal Group of the Year wins with their latest honor, which accompanied their win for Single of the Year for ‘I Run to You.’ (See a full list of winners and nominees below.)

Show hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood kept the audience entertained with witty banter throughout the night, starting the show off by singing a humorously revised version of a Willie Nelson classic: “Mammas, don’t let your babies grow up to be Kanye.” Fans were also dazzled by eclectic performances by the likes of Reba, Best New Artist winner Darius Rucker, Miranda Lambert, the Zac Brown Band, Lady A, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Duo of the Year winners Sugarland, Jason Aldean, Billy Currington and both show hosts. And in true CMA fashion, it wasn’t all country stars on stage. Kid Rock sang with Jamey Johnson on ‘Between Jennings and Jones,’ Vince Gill joined Daughtry on a duet that appears on the rockers’ new album, Brooks and Dunn performed with ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons and Dave Matthews joined Kenny Chesney on their duet, ‘I’m Alive.’

2009 CMA Awards – *Winners in bold

Entertainer of the Year

Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
George Strait
*Taylor Swift
Keith Urban

New Artist Of The Year

Randy Houser
Jamey Johnson
Jake Owen
*Darius Rucker
Zac Brown Band

Female Vocalist of the Year

Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Reba McEntire
*Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

Kenny Chesney
*Brad Paisley
Darius Rucker
George Strait
Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year

Eagles
*Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year

Big & Rich
Brooks & Dunn
Joey + Rory
Montgomery Gentry
*Sugarland

Album of the Year (Award goes to artist and producer)

‘American Saturday Night’ – Brad Paisley, produced by Frank Rogers & Chris DuBois
‘Defying Gravity’ – Keith Urban, produced by Keith Urban & Dann Huff
*’Fearless’ – Taylor Swift, produced by Taylor Swift & Nathan Chapman
‘Love on the Inside’ – Sugarland, produced by Byron Gallimore, Jennifer Nettles & Kristian Bush
‘That Lonesome Song’ – Jamey Johnson, produced by the Kent Hardly Playboys

Single of the Year (Award goes to artist and producer)

‘Chicken Fried’ – Zac Brown Band, produced by Keith Stegall
*’I Run to You’ – Lady Antebellum, produced by Victoria Shaw & Paul Worley
‘In Color’ – Jamey Johnson, produced by the Kent Hardly Playboys
‘People Are Crazy’ – Billy Currington, produced by Billy Currington & Carson Chamberlain
‘Then’ – Brad Paisley, produced by Frank Rogers & Chris DuBois

Song of the Year (Award goes to songwriters)

‘Chicken Fried’ – Zac Brown, Wyatt Durette
‘I Told You So’ – Randy Travis
*’In Color’ – Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller, James Otto
‘People Are Crazy’ – Bobby Braddock, Troy Jones
‘Then’ – Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley

Musical Event of the Year

‘Cowgirl’s Don’t Cry’ – Brooks & Dunn with Reba McEntire
‘Down The Road’ – Kenny Chesney with Mac McAnally
‘Everything But Quits’ – Lee Ann Womack with George Strait
‘I Told You So’ – Carrie Underwood with Randy Travis
‘Old Enough’ – The Raconteurs with Ricky Skaggs & Ashley Monroe
*’Start a Band’ – Brad Paisley with Keith Urban

Music Video of the Year (Award goes to artist and director)

‘Boots On’ – Randy Houser, directed by Eric Welch
*’Love Story’ – Taylor Swift, directed by Trey Fanjoy
‘People Are Crazy’ – Billy Currington, directed by The Brads
‘Start a Band’ – Brad Paisley and Keith Urban, directed by Jim Shea
‘Troubadour’ – George Strait, directed by Trey Fanjoy

Musician of the Year

Eddie Bayers
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Brent Mason
*Mac McAnally

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