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Will Brad Paisley or Blake Shelton win CMA Award? [poll]

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Up until recently, it looked like Brad Paisley was unbeatable in the Country Music Assn. Award contest for best male vocalist. He won it three years in a row (2007-2009) and he's such a darling of the organization that he's become the annual cohost of the kudo fest. This year he MCs with Carrie Underwood on Nov. 9 (8 p.m. PT/ET on ABC).

However, last year Paisely got upset by Blake Shelton. Now they return for a rematch, pitted against Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban. Two of the contenders are up for best single of the year: Aldean ("Don't You Wanna Stay" with Kelly Clarkson) and Shelton ("Honey Bee"). Three are up for best album: Aldean ("My Kinda Party"), Shelton ("All About Tonight") and Paisley ("This Is Country Music"). To win best male vocalist, it usually helps to have corresponding nominations in those other top races. Who'll win?


CMA Awards: Who'll win entertainer of the year? [Poll]

CMA Awards: Will Taylor Swift or Carrie Underwood reign? [Poll]

— Tom O'Neil

Left photo: Brad Paisley. Credit: Sony Nashville.

Photo: Blake Shelton. Credit: Warner Bros.

CMA Awards: Who'll win entertainer of the year? [Poll]

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Last year, Brad Paisley finally won a top prize that had been long denied him at the Country Music Assn. Awards: entertainer of the year. Paisley had won best album ("Time Well Wasted," 2006) and best male vocalist three times (2007-2009), but the entertainer trophy had been elusive. Now, can he repeat?

Sometimes winners take the prize for consecutive years like Kenny Chesney (2006-08) and Alan Jackson (2002-2003), but Paisley faces stiff competition from Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban. Paisley may have an edge. He's now such a CMA darling that he's back as cohost of the kudofest with Carrie Underwood Nov. 9 (8 p.m. CBS).

But beware of Swift, who has a strong advantage of her own: She's the only woman in the category. That could help. Plus, she pulled off a shocking upset to win this category in 2009 and she's also a CMA darling, having won best female vocalist (2009) and best album ("Fearless," 2009).

-- Tom O'Neil


CMA Awards: Will Taylor Swift or Carrie Underwood reign? [Poll]

Poll: Best performance at the Academy of Country Music Awards?

This post has been corrected. Please see note at the bottom for details.

Academy of Country Music Awards Taylor Swift News"Wonderful!" Nicole Kidman gasped as TV cameras spied her in the audience after Zac Brown and James Taylor teamed up at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Kidman and hubby Keith Urban were on their feet along with everyone else in the MGM Grand auditorium cheering the joint performance of Brown's "Colder Weather" and Taylor's "Sweet Baby James."

That was one of several performances that earned standing ovations at the ACM Awards, but was it the best?  The audience rose up again to salute Ronnie Dunn making his solo debut. His performance of "Bleed Red" was so amazing that TV cameras caught Taylor Swift gasping "Wow!" in the audience as she leapt to her feet in awe.

Another standing ovation greeted Darius Rucker leading a choir of disabled singers from the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp in the new tune "Music From the Heart."

Other knockout performance combos included Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles teaming up with Rihanna to sing "California King Bed." Brad Paisley wowed the crowd crooning "Old Alabama" with the music group Alabama, and Carrie Underwood rocked the joint singing "Undo It" and "Walk This Way" with Steven Tyler.

For the record, 11:32 a.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to the James Taylor song "Sweet Baby James" as "Sweet Baby Jane."

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Taylor Swift at the ACM Awards. Credit: Julie Jacobson / Associated Press


Taylor Swift or Carrie Underwood: Who sang best at the ACM Awards?

How did Taylor Swift pull off that shockeroo at the ACM Awards?


How did Taylor Swift pull off that shockeroo at the ACM Awards?

There were no surprises at the Academy of Country Music Awards until the last envelope of the night was opened. After she missed out on major awards for best album and female vocalist, Taylor Swift pulled off a stunning victory as the ACM's entertainer of the year.

On hearing the news while she was seated in the audience, Swift dropped her head into her hands, gasped, "Oh, my God," and hugged two stars she beat for the prize -- Brad Paisley and Miranda Lambert -- then headed to the stage to claim the honor from Ryan Seacrest.

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"This is the first time I ever won this and I'm just losing my mind!" she proclaimed while looking dazed at the podium. "We just got back from Asia and Europe on tour and thank you for this wonderful welcome-home gift and thanks for not forgetting about me. The fact that this is from the fans -- you are the best thing that has ever happened to me! Ever!"

Perhaps the award's outcome shouldn't be considered too surprising for two reasons. It usually honors the country star who's had the biggest music tour of the year and it has a different voting method than the other ACM Awards, which are chosen by members of the Academy of Country Music. The entertainer of the year award is decided by fans voting online and this year Taylor Swift was not nominated against her country nemesis who won the previous two years: Carrie Underwood.

Academy voters came up with predictable results in the other categories. One year after Lambert received a standing ovation performing "The House That Built Me" at the ACM Awards, the tune returned to win four laurels. Three were for best song, single and video of the year. Previously it won best song and music video of the year at the rival awards bestowed by the Country Music Assn. Lambert also won the prize for best female country vocalist over Swift and Underwood, the same prize she recently claimed at the Grammys for crooning "The House That Built Me." It was the second year in a row that she snagged the ACM trophy.

Paisley won the male vocalist prize for a fifth straight year. He accepted it saying: "I am honestly shocked. This is way too many of these for me."

Following up on their recent Grammy victories for best record and song for "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum won best album of the year, as expected. Last year they won ACM Awards for best single and song for "Need You Now," but the album wasn't eligible until this year.

Below, ACM Award winners are marked with an asterisk.

Jason Aldean
Toby Keith
Miranda Lambert
Brad Paisley
*Taylor Swift
Keith Urban

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Can Taylor Swift finally beat Carrie Underwood at the Academy of Country Music Awards?

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Taylor Swift's "Fearless" (2008) won album of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, but she's never won best female vocalist or any other top ACM prize for that matter. Now she battles her toughest foe, Carrie Underwood, for the crown as best female vocalist at the kudocast to be televised Sunday night in Las Vegas (CBS, 8 p.m. PT/ET).

In 2007, Swift won an ACM trophy as a new vocalist, but Underwood claimed the top prize as best female vocalist that year. Underwood also won in 2006 and 2008. Last year, Swift and Underwood lost to the hottest new country diva on the block: Miranda Lambert. Now Swift, Lambert and Underwood face off against Reba McEntire and Lee Ann Womack. Womack's never won. McEntire holds the record in the category with seven wins, but the last was way back in 1996.

Taylor Swift is also overdue to win entertainer of the year. Ditto Keith Urban and Brad Paisley. Underwood won the last two years, but now she isn't nominated. Swift, Urban and Paisley face off against Jason Aldean, Toby Keith and Miranda Lambert. Toby Keith is the only past champ (2002, 2003) in the category, which usually hails the country music star who had the most amazing concert tour of the year.

There's no suspense surrounding what will win best album of the year. Following up on the group's recent Grammy romp, Lady Antebellum is destined to prevail for "Need You Now," which won best single and song last year at the Academy of Country Music Awards. The album competes in the current race because it was technically released in a later eligibility period. See a full list of nominees in all categories here.

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Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band to perform at Academy of Country Music Awards

Academy of Country Music AwardsThe Academy of Country Music has announced its rundown of musicians who will perform at the awards ceremony in Las Vegas on April 3 (8 p.m. on CBS). Musical acts include Alabama, Dierks Bentley, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Reba, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band with James Taylor.

Previously, the academy announced these musicians would perform on the show: Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban. They're all nominated for the entertainer of the year award. See a full list of nominees here.

Award presenters will include Nancy O'Dell and Ryan Seacrest.

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Academy of Country Music


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