Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton accept the award for Song of the Year for "Over You."(Photo: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY)
The Blake Shelton-Miranda Lambert household needs a trophy room
expansion after the couple swept the top categories at the 46th annual
Country Music Association Awards in Nashville on Thursday.
won his first entertainer of the year award, and he and his wife took
home vocalist honors in their respective categories. They shared song of
the year for writing Over You.
His three wins matched his
career total: He had previously won musical event and twice won male
vocalist. Lambert had won five previous awards, including female
vocalist in 2010 and 2011.
Shelton said he has far exceeded his
early career goals, which were to "have a gold record ... and become a
member of the Grand Ole Opry. I love country music more than anybody in
Lambert said she'll try "to represent all the females who want to be up-and-comers. We'll stick together."
something of an upset, veterans Little Big Town won vocal group over
Lady Antebellum, winners for the past three years. The quartet also won
single for Pontoon, a song that was the subject of a risqué barb from fifth-time co-hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley.
was like an out-of-body experience," said Kimberly Schlapman afterward
of the group's first awards. "I didn't know what was happening."
winning for the first time was emerging star Eric Church, who showed
that his progressive sound also is influential. In accepting album of
the year for Chief, he said he had spent "a lot of my career
wondering where I fit in - too country, too rock. I thank you guys for
giving me somewhere to hang my hat."
Church, who had five
nominations, the most of any artist, said backstage that "country music
has always been the coolest format. It's in a great space creatively.''
On the heels of Church's album win, cherub-faced Hunter Hayes won new artist.