Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley returned to host the show for the seventh year in a row. After seven years they know what they’re doing and over the years they’ve grown to be one of the main attractions of the show. This year’s show was no exception as the duo tackled the latest trends including Ebola, Renee Zellweger, and Taylor Swift going pop. Carrie and Brad also revealed, or rather Brad “blew it”and revealed, that Carrie is having a boy!
The night’s top winners were Miranda Lambert who took home Female Vocalist, Album of the Year for Platinum, Single of the Year for “Automatic” and Musical Event of the Year with Keith Urban for “We Were Us”, Blake Shelton who took home Male Vocalist and Luke Bryan who took home Entertainer of the Year, his first win in the category. Also during the show, Vince Gill was honored with the Irving Waugh Award of Excellence, a very deserving honor for a great musician and person. A full list of the night’s winners can be found here.
The best and biggest performances of the night included Carrie Underwood debuting her latest single “Something in the Water” in a spectacular and inspiring performance (as the music video for the single premiered on twitter immediately following her performance), and The Band Perry honoring Glen Campbell with “Gentle On My Mind”. Other performance highlights included Meghan Trainor and Miranda Lambert singing Trainor’s hit “All About That Bass”, Little Big Town performing “Day Drinking”and being joined by Ariana Grande to perform “Bang Bang“, Kacey Musgraves and Loretta Lynn singing “You’re Looking At Country”, Keith Urban performing his latest single “Somewhere in My Car”, and Eric Church and George Strait singing “Cowboys Like Us”.
Red Carpet Fashion
Carrie Underwood, the night’s co-host, looked stunning in a high-low hem Lorena Sarbu dress.
Danielle Bradbery looked gorgeous in a low-plunging black gown and a fishtail braid.
A full gallery of CMA Awards Red Carpet pictures can be found here.
Red Carpet pictures from Gerry Images.