Tishomingo residents Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, who wed in 2011, hold their trophies backstage at the CMA Awards Thursday night in Nashville, Tenn. (AP photos)
Tishomingo residents Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert dominated the 46th Annual CMA Awards Thursday night in Nashville, Tenn.
The couple, who wed in 2011, scored four big wins between them, including notching their third straight male vocalist and female vocalist of the year titles.
Shelton, who has ascended to superstardom as a coach on NBC’s hit reality TV show “The Voice,” earned his first win in the top category, entertainer of the year. The Ada native upset multiplatinum country-pop powerhouse Taylor Swift, who was trying to become the first woman to win three CMA entertainer titles, as well as Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney.
But it was the couple’s historic and emotional shared win in the song of the year category that became the highlight of the show. The first married couple to win the songwriting award, they won the trophy for penning the heartbreaking ballad “Over You” in honor of Shelton’s brother Richie, who died in a car accident 22 years ago.
To read my CMA Awards wrap-up, click here. Check out these Associated Press photos of Blake and Miranda at the Country Music Association’s 2012 awards celebration:
Shelton accepts the entertainer of the year trophy from his close friend and fellow Oklahoma native Reba McEntire.
Lambert and Shelton accept the song of the year award.
Shelton kisses his wife as they accept the song of the year award.
Lambert and Shelton embrace as they accept the song of the year trophy.
Lambert and Shelton arrive at the CMA Awards.
Shelton accepts the entertainer of the year award.
Shelton, left, hands a guitar to Lifetime Achievement recipient Willie Nelson.
Lambert performs “Fastest Girl in Town.”
Shelton embraces Martina McBride as she presents him with the male vocalist of the year trophy.
Lambert accepts the female vocalist of the year award.
Lady Antebellum and Shelton perform during a special tribute to Willie Nelson.
Shelton and Keith Urban perform during the Willie Nelson tribute.
Lambert smiles on the red carpet at the CMA Awards.
Shelton performs during the show.
Lambert and Shelton kiss backstage at the CMA Awards.
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