CMA Awards: George Strait Wins Entertainer of the Year
(CBS News) George Strait captured the top honor at the 2013 Country Music Association Awards, winning entertainer of the year.
The win Wednesday night was Strait’s third in the category — but his first since 1990. The 61-year-old Texan is retiring from the road and has been celebrated by his peers as he completes his The Cowboy Rides Away tour.
“This blows me away,” said Strait. “This means the world to me, I appreciate it. Thank you.”
He capped a night where there was no clear favorite — Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line won two awards each.
Lambert won her fourth straight female vocalist of the year award while her husband, Shelton, won album of the year and male vocalist — a category he also won for the fourth year in a row. Florida Georgia Line took too early awards to join Swift, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw atop the early winners list.
“I really didn’t think this was going to happen this year,” Lambert said before thanking each of the other nominees.
The husband and wife have been favorites of the CMA’s 6,000 voters for the last three years and Wednesday as no different. Shelton’s album of the year win for “Based on a True Story …” was a bit of a surprise, a year after taking entertainer of the year.