Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley shine at the CMAs
By Vernell Hackett
NASHVILLE (Reuters) - Brad Paisley claimed the top prize of entertainer of the year at the Country Music Awards on Wednesday, but it was Miranda Lambert who was the big winner with three honors including best female vocalist and album of the year for "Revolution."
Lambert, who turned 27 years-old on what is billed as country music's biggest night, topped off a banner 2010 in which she became engaged to singer Blake Shelton, also was a victor at the CMAs with the award for best male vocalist.
"I don't know what's going on," Lambert said, accepting her trophy for female vocalist. "I just told Blake I think we need to go to church."
Standing next to her was country legend Loretta Lynn, who was honored by event organizers for 50 years in the industry.
Earlier in the show, Lambert said "Revolution," whose songs include "The House That Built Me" and "That's the Way That the World Goes 'Round," had caused "a revolution in my life."
"Thanks to the country music industry. It's my baby. It's what I do. It's what I live for," she said.
Indeed, in the past year Lambert's popularity has soared. She entered the night as the most-nominated female singer in the history of the CMAs with nine nods, overall.
Ahead of the telecast, she won best music video for "The House That Built Me," and that record also earned song of the year honors for writers Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin. Continued...