Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan win big at country music awards
By Tim Ghianni
NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - Singer Miranda Lambert won four Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday, and Luke Bryan took home the top honor as entertainer of the year as U.S. politics and the absence of Taylor Swift played supporting roles in the televised ceremony.
Lambert, 30, who led all nominees with nine nods, earned her record fifth female vocalist of the year award.
"I don't know what to say. I can't believe I'm standing here. I can't believe this is my life," an emotional Lambert said accepting the award she has won five consecutive years. "Damn it! I cry every time."
The Texan also won CMA Awards for album of the year for "Platinum," single of the year for the wistful "Automatic" as well as sharing the musical event of the year award with Aussie singer Keith Urban for "We Were Us."
Bryan, 38, earned his first CMA on the back of five hits from his 2013 album "Crash My Party."
"I have long sought to have one of these in my hands," Bryan told reporters.
The 48th annual CMA awards show, which competes with the springtime's Academy of Country Music Awards for prestige and television audience, is one of the top promotional events on the country music calendar. Winners are chosen by the CMA's 6,000 members.
Blake Shelton, Lambert's husband, also won his fifth consecutive male vocalist of the year award. Continued...