It’s that time of the year for country music fans.
After the ACMAs, the Country Music Association awards are the second-longest running awards for the genre. This year was the 47th annual CMA awards.
Hosted by the dynamic duo of Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood for the sixth year in a row, the artists brought their quirky sense of humour to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena once again.
“Twerking is… well have you ever been to a Luke Bryan concert?” Carrie joked.
The biggest stars of the night were Florida Georgia Line, a new musical duo composed of Brian Kelley from Florida and Tyler Hubbard from Georgia. The newcomer duo scored their first CMA with single of the year before picking up vocal duo of the year. Kelley and Hubbard also performed twice – after opening the show by singing a portion of their hit song Cruise with Luke Bryan, the duo returned to the stage for a full-length performance of Round Here.
The pair posted the above photo after receiving their first CMA on Facebook with the caption: “CMA Single of The Year!!!! It’s all about YOU GUYS. We love you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Country music’s most outrageous couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert were also recognised. Miranda claimed the female vocalist of the year award after performing for the first time with Aussie country legend Keith Urban while Blake won the male vocalist of the year as well as album of the year.
Afterward Blake tweeted his thanks to his fans: “Just incase I didn’t express enough, thank you all for a great night!!!”
Full list of the CMA Award winners for 2013:
Single of the Year: “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line
Song of the Year: “I Drive Your Truck” by Lee Brice, written by Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary
Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally, guitar
Music Video of the Year: “Highway Don’t Care” by Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
New Artist of the Year: Kacey Musgraves
Musical Event of the Year: “Highway Don’t Care” by Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
Album of the Year: Based on a True Story by Blake Shelton
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Entertainer of the Year: George Strait
Pinnacle Award: Taylor Swift
Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award: Kenny Rogers – Noah La’ulu
Tyler Hubbard (Left) and Brian Kelley (Right). Top photo from Florida Georgia Line’s official Facebook.