Blake Shelton takes home biggest honors at CMA Awards

Blake Shelton takes home biggest honors on country music's biggest night

Willie Nelson was honored with a lifetime achievement award. Willie Nelson was honored with a lifetime achievement award.

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NASHVILLE (WATE) - In a night of surprises, Blake Shelton's win Thursday night. as Country Music Association Awards' entertainer of the year was one of the biggest.

Shelton took the top honor and two others on country music's biggest night at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

For the entertainer of the year award he beat out Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley.

Shelton also won his third straight male vocalist honor.

He says those awards can't be compared to sharing song of the year with his wife, Miranda Lambert. Their song "Over You," which was written about the death of his brother, is special.

"For me as a songwriter that is as personal as I can get," Shelton said. 

Shelton's win was far from the only surprise of the night.

Big Town won two awards, vocal group and single of the year for "Pontoon."

Thompson Square's Shawna and Keifer Thompson won vocal duo of the year, a category dominated in the last five years by Sugarland. Before that, Brooks & Dunn had a lock on the category.

It wasn't so much of a surprise that Miranda Lambert won her third straight female vocalist of the year award.

Hunter Hayes took home new artist of the year.

Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw won musical event of the year for "Party Like a Rock Star."

Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup" won video of the year.

A highlight of the evening was when Shelton, McGraw, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban saluted lifetime achievement winner Willie Nelson by performing "On the Road Again."

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