GALLERY: Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan win big at Country music awards
Singer Miranda Lambert won four Country Music Association (CMA) Awards on Wednesday. Luke Bryan took home the top honor as entertainer of the year as US 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 last year's album Crash My Party.
"I have long sought to have one of these in my hands," Bryan told reporters.
Blake Shelton, Lambert's husband, also won his fifth consecutive male vocalist of the year award.
Hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood's hilarious opening monologue drew attention to the absence of Swift, who has shed her country roots for pop music, with a comical song about "Postpartum Taylor Swift Disorder," or PPTSD.
Paisely also revealed in an "accident" that Underwood and husband, Canadian ice hockey players, Mike Fisher, are expecting a baby boy.
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.
Lady Antebellum performs "Bartender".
Little Big Town poses with their Vocal Group of the Year Award.
Lucy Hale, Shay Mooney and Dan Smyers present the Vocal Group of the Year Award.
Singer Ariana Grande performs "Bang Bang" with Little Big Town.
Brad Paisley performs "Perfect Storm". Photos: Reuters
Here's the full list of winners from the CMA Awards 2014:
Album of the Year: Platinum, Miranda Lambert
Entertainer of the Year: Luke Bryan
Female Vocalist: Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist: Blake Shelton
Music Video of the Year: "Drunk on a Plane," Dierks Bentley
New Artist of the Year: Brett Eldridge
Single of the Year: "Automatic," Miranda Lambert
Song of the Year: "Follow Your Arrow," Kacie Musgraves
Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
Musical Event of the Year: "We Were Us," Keith Urban featuring Miranda Lambert
Irving Waugh Award of Excellence: Vince Gill
Sources: Reuters, E News Online