Two American Idol alums took home top honors Wednesday night at the 2012 CMT Music Awards.
As a longtime country music fan, Top Chef Season 4 winner Stephanie Izard was more than willing to serve as executive chef at the 2011 CMT Artists of the Year gala airing Tuesday (9/8c, CMT) but looked to the honorees for inspiration when designing the evening's menu.
"I got a list from each of them, of the different things they like to eat and don't like to eat," Izard tells TVGuide.com. "Taylor Swift said she liked sausage and gravy from Cracker Barrel, so I did an itty bitty sausage and gravy thing for a passed hors d'oeurve."
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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Kanye West led the field with seven Grammy nominations, including Song of the Year and Best Rap Performance, as the Recording Academy announced the nominees with a live, music-filled special Wednesday night. NCIS: Los Angeles star (and Grammy winner) LL Cool J hosted the celebration for a fourth time.
Sibling act The Band Perry topped 45th annual Country Music Awards on Wednesday, nabbing the wins for Single, Song and New Artist of the Year. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley returned to emcee the event.