Nashville shines, and blushes, during 45th Annual CMA’s

Co-hosts Paisley and Underwood with their McGraw and Hill Barbie dolls

Submitted by: Christine Pileckas, Marketing Manager

The 45th Annual CMA Awards was three hours of pure entertainment last night, regardless of your like for country music. Let’s start with our hosts for the show: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. They kicked off the show by presenting each other with a gift; a Tim McGraw Barbie for Carrie, and a Faith Hill Barbie for Brad….if you didn’t catch the skit, it’s definitely worth looking up on YouTube. McGraw was shown blushing in the audience after the pair checked to see if the dolls were “anatomically correct.” Rumor has it Tim & Faith will be hitting the road together sometime in the next couple of years.

Kenny Chesney won Music Video of the Year for “You and Tequila,” featuring up and coming artist Grace Potter. Chesney swung through Wichita for the first time this past April, and put on one of the best country concerts I’ve ever seen. His energy and passion for performing are undeniable.

Sugarland, who brought their Incredible Machine Tour to Wichita just last month, took home Vocal Duo of the Year. They also performed with singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson. Jennifer Nettles talked to reporters backstage after the awards show last night about the groups plans for the future:

“We are taking a few months just to chill and relax and sleep in our own beds and contemplate how we want to approach what’s next.”

The Band Perry brought home 3 awards for the night, including New Artist of the Year, and both Song and Single of the Year for their smash hit “If I Die Young.” They also had the chance to perform their latest hit “All Your Life.” By the way, the sibling trio will make its third appearance at INTRUST Bank Arena January 20, 2012 as a special guest on Brad Paisley’s Camobunga! tour.

The most coveted award of the night, Entertainer of the Year, went to Taylor Swift. This is the second time she’s won the award.

Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, and Jason Aldean all also made the bill as performers last night.

Before we close, we’d like to give a hometown shoutout to Wichita’s own Brian and Kellie from Today’s KFDI 101.3 FM for winning the 2011 CMA Broadcast Personalities of the Year, for a medium market. They were honored with their award on November 9 prior to the CMA’s in Nashville.

In summary, the CMA’s are a class act, and put on one heck of a show.

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