CMA Awards 2012 – Winners List and Videos (UPDATED)

This week’s Hurricane Sandy insanity means we’re a little short handed here at the blog! Unfortunately, we will not be live blogging the CMAs this year. BUT we’ll be back with a full winner’s list and HOPEFULLY some photos and videos for you all!

Congrats to Blake Shelton! He won Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year!

The 46th Annual Country Music Awards will be co-hosted for the 5th consecutive year by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley!

Expect performances from Carrie Underwood, plus Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill will be singing Kelly’s new country song “Don’t Rush.” Idol judge, Keith Urban and The Voice coach, Blake Shelton will also perform!

Scotty McCreery will be on hand to present an award, and expect Kristy Lee Cook, Casey James, Bucky Covington and Lauren Alaina in the audience.

Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson (?!?) are both nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.  Blake Shelton and Keith Urban for Male Vocalist and Blake Shelton for Entertainer of the Year, Single of the Year and Song of the Year.



Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert – Winner
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood


Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton – Winner
Keith Urban


Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town – Winner
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band


Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton – WINNER
Taylor Swift


“Chief” – Eric Church – WINNER
“Four the Record” – Miranda Lambert
“Home” – Dierks Bentley
“Own the Night” – Lady Antebellum
“Tailgates and Tanlines” – Luke Bryan

Music Video

Come Over – Kenny Chesney – Directed by Shaun Silva
Over You – Miranda Lambert – Directed by Trey Fanjoy
Pontoon Little Big Town – Directed by Declan Whitebloom
Red Solo Cup – Toby Keith – Directed by Michael Salomon – Winner
Springsteen – Eric Church – Directed by Peter Zavadil


Sam Bush – Mandolin
Paul Franklin – Steel Guitar
Danny Huff – Guitar
Brent Mason – Guitar
Mac McAnally – Guitar – Winner

Single of the Year

Dirt Road Anthem – Jason Aldean
God Gave Me You – Blake Shelton
Home – Dierks Bentley
Pontoon – Little Big Town – WINNER
Springsteen – Eric Church

Song of the Year

Even If it Breaks Your Heart – Eli Young Band – Will Hoge and Eric Paslay
God Gave Me You – Blake Shelton – Dave Barnes
Home – Dierks Bentley – Dan Wilson, Brett Beavers, and Dierks Bentley
Over You – Miranda Lambert – Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton – WINNER
Springsteen – Eric Church – Eric Church, Ryan Tyndell, and Jeff Hyde

Musical Event Of The Year

Dixie Highway – Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson
Feel Like a Rock Star – Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw – WINNER
Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die – Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Jamey Johnson, and Kris Kristofferson
Safe and Sound – Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars
Stuck On You – Lionel Richie and Darius Rucker

Vocal Duo Of The Year

Big and Rich
Love and Theft
Civil Wars
Thompson Square – WINNER

New Artist

Lee Bryce
Brantley Gilbert
Love and Theft
Thompson Square
Hunter Hayes – WINNER


Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley Open the CMAS

Scotty McCreery and Shawn Johnson Hand Out the Vocal Group of the Year Award

The American Idol winner and Olympic Gymnast/DWTS all-star  join forces!

Willie Nelson Tribute

Featuring Blake Shelton and Keith Urban singing a duet! Plus, Lady Antebellum and more.

Blake Shelton Accepts Entertainer of the Year

Blake was TOTALLY shocked to win the big award!

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  • Wui Zhuan Lim

    this show will be a 100% success if Taylor Swift wins nothing.
    70% – Carrie-Brad Hosting
    80% – Carrie performing Blown Away
    90% – Carrie wins Female Vocalist of the Year
    100% – Jason Aldean/Kenny Chesney wins Entertainer of the Year, not TS

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Okay, just got back from taking my daughter to her myriad activities and googled Scotty.  And this is what I found…

    Lucy Hale was joined by Scotty?  She tweeted just last week from the Brad Paisley concert that she’d discovered a newfound love for Scotty…how cool:)))


    Casey will not be in the audience. He is cohosting the cma telecast on serius xm the highway

  • BonnieDee

    Brad is hilarious.

  • Chris

    All the Idol ladies look beautiful tonight.  Kelly P. is rocking that short hair cut with a figure flattering dress.  She makes it look good!

  • lisa

    congrats to Hunter Hayes!!!!!

  • sweetmm

    I’ll choose Kelly C over Carrie U, any day!!!  Hopefully they agree with me tonight :)

  • Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    There’s not a chance in hell that will happen. Carrie may or may not win, but if Kelly wins, the backlash will be major.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Colton Dixon @coltondixon
    Hot date to the CMAs :-)

  • kmd23

     Hunter deserved to win. He is very talented.

  • Larc

    Miranda Lambert won Female Vocalist of the Year.

  • h jones

     country industry wants another power couple like Faith and Tim.  IMO the new couple lacks the power part no matter how many awards they get. 

  • ellen8

    Yes, yes, yes !!!   I love Kelly’s versatility.  She can sing anything.  
    I always thought she could make it in Country and she will succeed there as long as she wants to !!!   (doesn’t hurt that her surrogate family is country
    power- not that she needs it)

  • Stavros

    Calling Carrie and Aerosmith’s new duet to win Best Musical Event for 2013 as of right now ;)

  • ellen8

    Kelly always performs so effortlessly and seems to have so much fun on stage.
    What a super talent and a joy to watch !!!

    Oh yeah and wasn’t she beautiful tonight – loved the dress, it suited her !

  • ellen8

    I must disagree – I think Blake and Miranda are the perfect power couple for current times.   And they have the power management team behind them.   

    Faith, I loved her then – now it seems as if she is trying too hard to stay relevant.  Hurts me to watch her (probably not a popular opinion but I have to call it as I see it).   

  • durbesque

    Blake will be funny on ‘The Voice’.  He’ll bring all his awards….and Miranda’s too!

  • kmd23

    Glad that Blake won and not Taylor. I thought she sounded awful tonight. I really enjoyed the Willie Nelson tribute.

  • Jenna

    Here’s Kelly and Vince Gill’s performance, sounds exactly like the recording haha!

  • ellen8

    Ooooh – we got a glimpse of Kelly with her boyfriend – cool !!

  • h jones

    Well IMO Jason, Kenny, Brad, and even the pop queen Taylor got robbed for the EOTY.  Who knows if all you have to appear on a talent show weekly maybe Keith will win another EOTY.  If they wanted new blood to win Jason had the best yr over Blake. 

  • Reflects On Life

    Willie’s a cool drink of water in that sea of over-glamorousness that is country music. 

  • wingzdoc

    I totally agree. IMO Blake was the least deserving of this award. Any of the other 4 earned it more – from an EOTY perspective. I am kind of baffled by that one. As for Carrie, I think next year is definitely her year. Blown Away was released way too late in the eligibility period.

  • hayes

    Very happy to see The Band Perry’s Better Dig Two crack iTunes Top 10, that song is all kinds of awesome.

  • jlscott13

    Carrie Underwood will forever be one of the most powerful vocalists in Country Music history. Regardless of lack of industry recognition, her voice speaks for itself. :)

  • Eileen99

    Boo that Jason didn’t win EOTY. /o

  • Kariann Hart

    Kelly looked good and sings with power.  Love this gal.  I have a lot of respect for Carrie.  She can sing; Taylor Swift is OK. 

    I wonder if Carrie and Kelly are friends in real life?  They’d be great on tour!

  • Leandro

    Why not nominate it the BMA Awards? Blake and Miranda Association Awards.

  • blackberryharvest

    Well I’m glad Taylor didn’t win Entertainer of the year, but not so sure how I feel about Blake winning, especially when we have the likes of Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean nominated. I don’t have anything against him, I just don’t think his music really warrants that. I almost feel like he is getting all of these awards because of The Voice.

    In the end, I think it should have gone to Kenny.

  • MellyPer1692

    Love it! I love Blake and Miranda, glad to see them winning so much! They just seem so real. :)

  • BonnieDee

    Carrie and Lauren on the best dressed list.

  • Marie Barrientos

    Scotty McCreery looks so Handsome and he was named
    BEST: Scotty McCreery looked sharp in a silver suit with a black shirt and tie.–1104883852.html

  • chillj

    I want to thank the Academy of Country Music for providing the best exemplars of male pulchritude to grace my television in many years.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Wait…. Scotty wasn’t nominated for New Artist?

  • Lexie O’Neill

    No…and his fans, family, and friends were stunned.  But there’s the lack of the huge radio hit (Hunter just got his #1) and the politicking and so on…

    We didn’t even know he was going to present until yesterday, which may speak of someone dropping out and him filling in, but I’ll just be happy for his screen time and red carpet interviews, etc.  The other way I think of it is that are so many other people who could have even been asked to present…

    As far as EOTY, I’m stunned again.  Actually, I’m saddened by much of the show.  Red Solo Cup?  Feel Like A Rock Star?  They were among the worst of the worst, why?  And there was also the noticeable (to me) absence of the traditional side of country even being there–no George, Alan, Josh, even Easton was there on the red carpet but I didn’t see him on the show…all I can say is, well, Bless the CMA’s little hearts.  

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Cool that Scotty was the only guy among the Best Dressed list on the Yahoo page:))))

  • Nadine_Bitch

    I’m not really into country but the kid is doing so well that it surprised me. So yeah, radio sucks. He’s eligible to Grammy this year, yeah? Maybe he’ll have a nod or two in Country category or BNA.

  • Molly Lee

    Here is a red carpet apprearances by Scotty.  Just love him this big.  So adorable and handsome, talented young man.

  • CanadianLady

    I have to defend Toby Keith. While I don’t even drink myself, and am not a big fan of drinking songs, on a completely objective level, I think the RSC song is very well-written, and the video very well done, and appropriate for the song, as most of Toby’s have been.

    That said, I take most of these awards with a cup of salt. I think it’s mostly about who you know, who your label is, and so forth. Sometimes it’s appropriate; often ridiculous. Many terrific artists, songs, and albums are ignored by awards shows.

  • Lexie O’Neill

     Wait, you might ask–why did I like your post when we disagreed about Toby?  I heartily agree with your second paragraph:)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I enjoyed the Willie Nelson tribute, and especially Blake and Keith. I was impressed with Keith’s guitar playing. I really respect how most of these country artists sing so well live, without the mega-embellishments that are often seen with pop artists (who also don’t even sing live). Brad and Carrie did an excellent job hosting, as usual.

  • chillj

    I always enjoy this show, although I must admit that if I ever buy something it is very crossover (Lady A, etc.).  Last night there were some acts I missed that provided variety (like Rascal Flats and such), and I could not separate out some of the male singers by voice.  This seems to be a recurring problem, although individually they demonstrate unusual singing ability vis a vis some pop singers  The show is refreshing after the talent contests, because here all of the performers can really perform.

  • vdawg

    Highlights for me were Brad and Carrie hosting, they do a great job.  Blake is OK but Jason should be ETOY imo.  Maybe Keith will get ETOY next year since Blake who has not had great sales and has not toured in a while won because of the Voice, maybe Keith can win for being on American Idol and he is a great entertainer. I had hoped Carrie would have won  FVOY but since Blown Away was not even nominated for Album  that should have been a clue.  To me the best winners were album (Chief), LBT group, TS duo, single Pontoon and I would have liked to have seen Willie Nelson sing with all the artists who sang his songs.

  • SaSa8

    I thought Carrie and Brad did a great job at hosting last night but wasn’t as good of a show as the past few years IMO.  I really enjoyed Brad’s performance of Southern Comfort Zone and Little Big Town’s Pontoon performance was great.  So glad Scotty got to present an award with Shawn Johnson.  He did well and looked good.  I don’t really understand Blake getting Entertainer of the Year.  I always thought that was more for touring and I have to admit the other nominees did much better on their big tours – I would have picked Brad or Jason. 

  • ptebwwong

    EOTY is partially about touring. But it’s also about the artist who gives positive attention & buzz to the country genre in general. That’s why in recent years Taylor has won. Blake might not have toured as much as the other nominees, but he definitely garnered buzz for country music.

    Out of the nominees, IMO Jason, Taylor, & Blake were the ones that toured this year & gave positive attention to country music. 

  • julesb2183

    Fun show last night. While I love Taylor Swift, I am glad she didn’t get anything – especially entertainer of the year.  I mean it’s a slap in the face to actual country artists to have have a non-country artist take the top honor. I think snubbing by the country industry may be beginning. I doubt she’ll be up for the award next year.

    Loved Kelly and Carrie’s performances and was happy to see Hunter Hayes win :) :)