Kellie Pickler by Rick Diamond/ Kellie Pickler by Rick Diamond/

Even though Wednesday night's CMAs sent Kenny Chesney off with a second straight Entertainer of the Year win and gave Carrie Underwood a repeat Female Vocalist of the Year award, the night really belonged to Underwood's fellow Idol Kellie Pickler, whose emotional rendition of "I Wonder" - a song about her estranged mother - earned her an enthusiastic standing O.

Other big winners included Brad Paisley (male vocalist), Sugarland (vocal duo), Rascal Flatts (vocal group) and Taylor Swift (newbie). Album of the Year went to George Strait's It Just Comes Natural, and his "Give It Away" was named best song. - Ben Katner