Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert are two-time CMA Award winners
Singers win coveted male and female vocalist prizes for the third time each
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert became the second and third artists to win second CMA Awards tonight, landing wins in the competitive male and female vocalist of the year categories, respectively. Earlier tonight the couple (pictured on the red carpet earlier tonight) also won the song of the year prize for co-writing Lambert’s hit “Over You.”
In the male vocalist competition, Shelton beat out nominees Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Keith Urban. Bryan and Church were first-time male vocalist nominees. Shelton—who went into the show with four CMA nominations this year—has now won this trophy three years in a row.
Lambert won over fellow nominees Kelly Clarkson, Martina McBride, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. Like her husband, Lambert came into tonight’s show with four nominations, and also like Shelton, she’s winning the vocalist prize for the third consecutive year.
Addressing the media backstage, Lambert said the song of the year prize was “very special to us” and the one category the couple “secretly wanted to take.”
Speaking about Shelton’s entertainer win, Lambert said, “Blake Shelton deserved to win that trophy. He’s on television two nights a week representing country music.”
As for her own role as the reigning female vocalist, Lambert said, “I kicked the door open and I’m going to hold my leg in there . . . I have some many goals as a singer-songwriter and I’m just getting started.”
Added Lambert, “We work out butt off the be here, and to be celebrated for that is awesome.”
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