Nov 5, 2014 10:11 PM
Miranda Lambert shines bright at 2014 CMAs
The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Miranda Lambert is the queen of contemporary country.
The singer picked up three awards at Wednesday's Country Music Association Awards, including album of the year for "Platinum."
"Holy crap!" she said onstage. "I turned 30 last year and I felt like I need to sing about new stuff."
"This is really, really special to me," she said, appearing teary-eyed.
Lambert, who earned the most nominations of any artist with nine, also won music event and single of the year. She is the only female nominated for entertainer of the year, to be presented at the end of the show airing live on ABC from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Lambert kicked off the show, teaming up with Meghan Trainor for a country-tinged version of "All About That Bass," rocking big blond hair and a happy vibe
That was followed with a hilarious string of jokes from Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, a white-hot duo hosting the seventh CMAs and earning laugh after laugh for jokes that ranged from Ebola to Taylor Swift.
Swift's switch to pop from country was referred to as "Post Pardon Taylor Swift Disorder," or PPTSD.
"President Barack Obama doesn't care about PPTSD!" Paisley yelled. Underwood followed with: "I'm pretty sure it's why the democrats lost the senate."
Underwood and Paisley sang a version of Dolly Parton's "Jolene," calling it "Quarantine." Paisley also earned roaring laughter when he noted that the ABC series "Black-ish," which airs Wednesdays, would not be airing because of the CMAs.
"If you were expecting to see the show 'Black-ish,' this ain't it ... I hope you're enjoying 'White-ish,'" he said.
Before the show began, Underwood glowed on the carpet in a shimmering gold dress, while Trainor went with a blue lace mini and Kacey Musgraves made a style statement as she rocked her teased hair.
Musgraves, who earned two Grammys earlier this year, won song of the year for "Follow Your Arrow," which she co-wrote with Brandy Clark, who is openly gay and was among the contenders for new artist of the year.
"Oh my goodness! Do you guys realize what this means for country music?" Musgraves said, as Clark and songwriter Shane McAnally stood behind her. "Our genre was built on simple good songs about real life and that's what this was."
Musgraves performed with Loretta Lynn, Blake Shelton sang with Ashley Monroe and pop diva Ariana Grande sported a mini top and skirt as she sang the hit "Bang Bang" alongside Little Big Town, who won vocal group of the year.
Dierks Bentley, who was up for song of the year, also performed and was an earlier winner when his hit "Drunk On a Plane" won music video of the year, announced Wednesday morning.
Lambert will battle last year's winner, George Strait, as well as Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and husband Blake Shelton, for the entertainer of the year.
Florida Georgia Line won vocal duo of the year for a second time and Brett Eldredge was named new artist of the year.