In what's sure to be the night's biggest upset, Blake Shelton was the surprising winner in the CMA's male vocalist of the year prize, beating out Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, George Strait and Keith Urban in the category.
It was the night's second win for Shelton, who also won the musical event category for "Hillbilly Bone." His fiancee, Miranda Lambert, has won two awards so far and is up for two more: female vocalist and entertainer.
Quipped show host Brad Paisley, "After the night Blake and Miranda are having, I think we can expect a baby in about nine months."
Backstage in the media room, Shelton said, "I don’t know what this has to do with signing or with record sales or hits, all I know is I’ve been sitting in the audience for 11 years and watching three different groups of popular artists come and go, and not being one of them."
But between tonight's wins and his recent induction into the Grand Ope Opry, Shelton said things are changing. "I know this is political, and that’s the hardest thing to accomplish in this town to get people on your side.
"I hope I’m standing up here 20 years from no just like George Strait and talking about that same freaking piece of glass [trophy] and what it means to me."