At the 2013 CMA Awards, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton made history as the first married couple to win top honors as CMA’s Female and Male Vocalists of the Year four years in a row. George Strait secured victory in the coveted Entertainer of the Year category, which he last won in 1990.
The 47th Annual CMA Awards was hosted for the sixth consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on ABC. Miss the CMA Awards or want to re-live the biggest moments and best performances all over again? You’re in luck! Great American Country will re-air the telecast Saturday, November 16 at 9/8c.
His hand over his heart, Strait professed amazement. “Never in a million years!” he said, smiling. “Thank you so much to the CMA. I mean, this blows me away. I cannot believe it. With such powerful entertainers, I’m just thrilled to even be nominated again.”
Reflecting on the fact that this year marks his final tour, “The Cowboy Rides Away,” Strait mused, “I’m not totally quitting. I’m just slowing down a bit. But I don’t know, this gets me fired up a bit. Cowboy might be riding back in.”
Accepting her Female Vocalist of the Year Award, Lambert said, “Well, hell! I really didn’t think this was going to happen this year.” Then, smiling toward Shelton in the audience, she added, “To my husband, I love you. Thank you for putting up with my crap!”
With her victory, Lambert ties Reba for consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year wins with four.
Shelton reciprocated shortly afterward, noting, “Not to just echo Miranda, but I really swear I didn’t think this was going to happen this year. But it did!” He then thanked a long list of associates and friends, including “Tree Paine, my publicist, who is constantly cleaning up after me!”
This was Shelton’s fourth Male Vocalist of the Year Award, putting him one step behind Vince Gill and Strait, who lead in this category with five Awards each.
When announced as winner in the Album of the Year category for Based on a True Story… (along with producer Scott Hendricks) Shelton joked, “My phone is blowing up all of a sudden. If there was one Award that would mean the most to me tonight, it would be Album of the Year.”