Strait, Paisley, Sugarland are Big Winners at CMA Awards
George Strait, Sugarland and Brad Paisley are the big winners of the 42nd Annual CMA Awards, with each taking home two trophies. Strait won the CMA's Single of the Year for 'I Saw God Today,' and Album of the Year for 'Troubadour,' his second win in a row in that category.
"Thank you Tony Brown for producing this album, all the great songwriters and musicians who wrote great songs and played their hearts out. I love this album," Strait said upon accepting the trophy for 'Troubadour.' "Everybody says they've got the greatest fans. Well, I've really got the greatest fans. Thank you so much!"
With Strait's two wins, he now holds the record for the most CMA wins by any artist in history, with 22 total CMA trophies.
Paisley, the night's co-host with Carrie Underwood, takes home Male Vocalist for the second year in a row. He also won the honors of Music Video of the Year for 'Waitin' on a Woman,' the heartwarming video co-starring legendary actor Andy Griffith.
"He was actually at the birth of the CMAs," Paisley told reporters backstage, explaining that Griffith attended the very first CMA Awards show. "I can't wait to call him!"
Sugarland takes home Vocal Duo of the Year, and lead singer Jennifer Nettles scored the CMA Song of the Year for their huge hit that she wrote, 'Stay.'
Kenny Chesney takes home the night's biggest award, Entertainer of the Year, for a fourth time in a row. That tiesGarth Brooks' record for the most Entertainer wins. See the full list of winners and nominees below.
2008 CMA Award Winners
Entertainer of the Year
Kenny Chesney - WINNER
Male Vocalist of the Year
Brad Paisley - WINNER
Female Vocalist of the Year
Carrie Underwood -- WINNER
Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts - WINNER
Vocal Duo of the Year
Big & Rich
Brooks and Dunn
Sugarland - WINNER
New Artist of the Year
Lady Antebellum - WINNER
Album of the Year
'Carnival Ride' - Carrie Underwood
'Cowboy Town' - Brooks and Dunn
'Good Time' - Alan Jackson
'Just Who I Am: Poets and Pirates' - Kenny Chesney
'Troubadour' - George Strait - WINNER
Single of the Year (Award goes to artist and producer)
'Don't Blink' - Kenny Chesney
'Gunpowder and Lead' - Miranda Lambert
'I Saw God Today' - George Strait - WINNER
'Stay' - Sugarland
'You're Gonna Miss This' - Trace Adkins
Song of the Year (Award goes to songwriter)
'Good Time' - Alan Jackson
'I Saw God Today' - George Strait, written by Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell and Wade Kirby
'Letter to Me' - Brad Paisley
'Stay' - Sugarland, written by Jennifer Nettles - WINNER
'You're Gonna Miss This' - Trace Adkins, written by Lee Thomas Miller and Ashley Gorley
Musical Event of the Year
'Another Try' - Josh Turner featuring Trisha Yearwood
'Every Other Weekend' - Reba McEntire and Kenny Chesney
'Gone, Gone, Gone' - Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - WINNER
'Life in a Northern Town' - Sugarland, featuring Little Big Town and Jake Owen
'Shiftwork' - Kenny Chesney and George Strait
Music Video of the Year
'Don't Blink' - Kenny Chesney, directed by Shaun Silva
'Good Time' - Alan Jackson, directed by Trey Fanjoy
'Stay' - Sugarland, directed by Shaun Silva
'Waitin' on a Woman' - Brad Paisley, directed by Jim Shea- WINNER
'You're Gonna Miss This' - Trace Adkins, directed by Peter Zavadil
Musician of the Year
Mac McAnally - WINNER