The 2013 CMA Awards celebrated the old and new

Florida Georgia Line performs at the 2013 CMAs (Screengrab)The 2013 CMA Awards celebrated Wednesday night, giving two prizes to newcomers Florida Georgia Line (Vocal Duo of the Year and Single of the Year) but bestowing the night’s top honor, Entertainer of the Year, to the veteran George Strait.

Viewers who tuned in to watch the 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards, held Wednesday night in Nashville, might have confused the show with a Comedy Central roast of ObamaCare. Country music’s producer and writers wrote digging skits for the country stars to read about the faulty website.

This years the CMA Awards chose the dynamic duo Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood to host. Brad jokingly told his co-host Carrie that his back hurt and he needed to see a doctor. Underwood asked the singer if he had signed up for ObamaCare.

“ObamaCare, what’s that?” Paisley asked Underwood.

Oh, it’s great!” Underwood quipped. “I started signing up last Thursday and I’m almost done!” The “Blown Away” singer proceeded to help her co-host sign up for ObamaCare and “join the six other people” who have reportedly signed up successfully for the healthcare service.

The routine had the Nashville audience clapping their hands to the tune of newly crowned entertainer of the year George Strait’s “Amarillo by Morning,” but with the words changed to “ObamaCare by morning/ Why’s this taking so long?/ I’m going to end up with hemorrhoids/If I sit here ’til dawn.”

The super star hosts also tried to settle the feud between Luke Bryan and Zac Brown who called Bryan’s new single “That’s My Kind of Night” the “worst song I’ve ever heard.” The two hugged it out while Carrie told them they had nothing to fight about. “You both made great records and you’re both millionaires,” she sang to the tune of “Why Can’t We Be Friends.”

The CMA Award hosts did not stop there. Paisley thanked Swift not acting like her fellow pop star Miley Cyrus. He praised her for “not once humping a teddy bear or gyrating with beetle juice.” Underwood joked, “If someone in music today was going to be caught naked licking a hammer I think we’d all thought it’d be Blake Shelton.” The camera zoomed in on Shelton who nodded his head in agreement.

Next up was a surprise appearance by Willie and Jase Robertson of Duck Dynasty who were joined by their wives Missy and Korie to perform a redneckified version of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”

While the Robertson clan twerked on stage, Underwood and Paisley switched up the words of Thicke’s song. “I’m going to grow a beard and go out hunting… ‘Duck Dynasty’ guys dance to Robin Thicke/We tried to get nasty talking ‘Duck Dynasty.’”


Entertainer of the Year
Taylor Swift
Jason Aldean
WINNER: George Strait
Blake Shelton
Luke Bryan

Male Vocalist of the Year
WINNER: Blake Shelton
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Keith Urban
Eric Church

Female Vocalist of the Year
Taylor Swift
WINNER: Miranda Lambert
Carrie Underwood
Kacey Musgraves
Kelly Clarkson

Vocal Duo of the Year
Big & Rich
Thompson Square
WINNER: Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
The Civil Wars

New Artist of the Year
Florida Georgia Line
Lee Brice
Kip Moore
WINNER: Kacey Musgraves
Brett Eldredge

Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
WINNER: Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Musical Event of the Year
Florida Georgia Line feat. Nelly, “Cruise”
WINNER: Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, “Highway Don’t Care”
Blake Shelton feat. Pistol Annies, “Boys ‘Round Here”
Kelly Clarkson feat. Vince Gill, “Don’t Rush”
Jason Aldean feat. Luke Bryan and Eric Church, “The Only Way I Know”

Album of the Year
WINNER: Blake Shelton, Based on a True Story
Carrie Underwood, Blown Away
Taylor Swift, Red
Kacey Musgraves, Same Trailer, Different Park
Little Big Town, Tornado

Single of the Year
WINNER: Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise”
Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, “Highway Don’t Care”
Miranda Lambert, “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Kacey Musgraves, “Merry Go ‘Round”
Darius Rucker, “Wagon Wheel”

Song of the Year
WINNER: Lee Brice, “I Drive Your Truck”
Miranda Lambert, “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Kacey Musgraves, “Merry Go ‘Round”
Little Big Town, “Pontoon”
Darius Rucker, “Wagon Wheel”

Music Video of the Year
Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”
Blake Shelton feat. Pistol Annies, “Boys ‘Round Here”
Lady Antebellum, “Downtown”
WINNER: Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, “Highway Don’t Care”
Miranda Lambert, “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Little Big Town, “Tornado”

Musician of the Year
Brent Mason (Guitar)
Dann Huff (Guitar)
WINNER: Mac McAnally (Guitar)
Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
Sam Bush (Mandoli


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