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Married country stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert reigned supreme at the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday night (06Nov13) after picking up Male and Female Vocalist of the Year awards.

Shelton also took home Album of the Year for Based on a True Story.

Florida Georgia Line were another winning duo - they claimed Vocal Duo of the Year and Single of the Year for their crossover hit, Cruise.

'King of Country' George Strait was honoured with the biggest prize of the night, Entertainer of the Year, marking his third win in the category, but his first since 1990.

He remembered his late father, who died in June (13), in his acceptance speech, saying, "My dad's been having some pretty good conversations up there."

Country music sweetheart Taylor Swift became only the second artist ever to be presented with the Pinnacle Award, and she was left speechless when Faith Hill and Tim MCGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, George Strait and Keith Urban all took the stage to salute her. Swift opened for each of the acts earlier in her career.

The Love Story singer eventually said, "They told me this was going to happen, but I didn't know it was going to be all this. My parents aren't just crying, they're bawling at this point."

She then honoured the country artists who have helped her throughout her career, stating George Strait, "taught me to play the songs your fans want to hear" and MCGraw and Hill, "have a style that is a pinnacle I will never reach."

The evening was also filled with a plethora of performances, including sets from Luke Bryan, who opened the show, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Tim MCGraw, and co-hosts Carrie Underwood and Paisley.

In addition, some of country's biggest names teamed up for special collaborations - Lambert joined Urban; Swift hit the stage with Alison Krauss and Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes and Jason Mraz teamed up and and the Zac Brown Band performed with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.

Alan Jackson and George Strait also came together for a tribute to the late George Jones, while Kenny Rogers was feted for his tremendous career by Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker and Rascal Flatts.

The full list of winners at the 2013 Country Music Association Awards is:

Entertainer of the Year: George Strait

Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton

Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town

Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line

Album of the Year: Based on a True Story by Blake Shelton

Single of the Year: Cruise by Florida Georgia Line

Song of the Year: I Drive Your Truck by Lee Brice

Musical Event of the Year: Highway Don't Care by Tim MCGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

Music Video of the Year: Highway Don't Care by Tim MCGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

New Artist of the Year: Kacey Musgraves

Musician of the Year: MAC MCAnally

Pinnacle Award: Taylor Swift

Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award: Kenny Rogers


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