While it may be tempting to attribute the success of Chris Young to his winning Nashville Star in 2006, his journey to country music's penthouse — he's on a red-hot streak of five consecutive No. 1 singles — was far from an overnight trip.
Jason Aldean topped the second annual American Country Awards, which aired on Fox live from Las Vegas Monday.
He won six awards including artist of the year. "It's been a helluva year," Aldean said. Carrie Underwood took home three guitar trophies at the show, broadcast live from Las Vegas."I have got an amazing 2012 planned for you guys," she told the crowd. "We're going to have a lot of fun!"
Check out red carpet arrivals from the 2011 American Country Awards
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Noticeably lacking in the ranks of The X Factor's contestants: budding country music stars. (Maybe they didn't want to risk another Scotty McCreery-style steamroller upstaging upstarts like "Astro.") And now, as the Top 11 square off, Fox's overblown singing contest (8/7c) faces its toughest competition to date: another musical extravaganza, ABC's three-hour broadcast of The 45th Annual CMA Awards (8/7c) from Nashville, with Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley co-hosting for the fourth year in a row. (They'll perform their hit "Remind Me" during the show.)
Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes and Kellie Pickler are among the presenters at the 44th Annual Country Music Awards.
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McGraw is an 11-time CMA award winner and took home the top prize — entertainer of the year — in 2001. Rimes won the CMA Horizon Award in 1997, while Pickler is a two-time CMA nominee.
Miranda Lambert leads Country Music Awards nominations
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Miranda Lambert leads the Country Music Award nominations with nine — the most for any female artist in the award show's history.
Lambert's nominations include entertainer of the year, song of the year, female vocalist and album of the year for Revolution. She will compete ...