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» This Is Country Music: "That's about 34 years' worth of steps right there for me, y'all," Blake Shelton said after pounding up the 44th Annual CMA Awards steps to accept Male Vocalist of the Year last night in Nashville (11/10). In a show that seemed to hit all the designated notes, Shelton's win was a gratifyingly unexpected turn that had radio and music industry schmoozers buzzing into the early morning post-party hours. "I've used up all the stupid things I always have to say ... the smart-ass things that most of y'all have known me for," Shelton told backstage media as he began to assimilate the gravity of the moment. "I don't have those tonight."
If Shelton's win was a pleasant surprise, Brad Paisley's Entertainer of the Year ascension was a satisfying validation of not only his career, but a remarkable response to adversity after May's flood destroyed his tour set. "I owe this award to my crew that put the show on and put as much pride into it as I do," Paisley said in the press room. "If there was ever a year I wanted to win this award, it's this one."
And as validations go, Miranda Lambert's three wins and Song of the Year recognition for her "The House That Built Me" were also quite expected after she was nominated nine times in seven categories. "I hope it's a beginning," she said after the show about the Female Vocalist honor. "I hope I'm here 40 years from now handing out an award like Loretta [Lynn] handed it to me."
Lady Antebellum were named Vocal Group, Sugarland took Duo and Zac Brown Band earned the New Artist trophy. Full list of winners here. (Click the links for video clips.)
» Sweet 16: The 44th Annual CMA Awards easily won the night for ABC-TV, averaging 16.45 million viewers and a 9.8 rating/16 share of households, winning all six half-hours in total viewers. The telecast overall easily outpaced CBS (10.7 million, 6.4/11), NBC (6.4 million, 4.2/7, FOX (5.7 million 3.5/5) and The CW (2.3 million, 1.4/2). ABC triumphed with 18-49s, as well, with a 4.7 rating, 74% ahead of CBS and FOX (2.7 each), NBC (1.6) and The CW (1.1.), and also was No. 1 with 18-34s and 25-54s. The CMA Awards audience peaked in the 9pm ET hour with an average 17.1 million viewers. However, according to Variety, it was believed to be the lowest-rated CMA Awards telecast ever among adults 18-49. An estimated 33.8 million consumers watched at least part of the Awards, giving ABC its strongest Wednesday results in a year, the best 18-49 figures of any night this season, and the top non-sports rating for any network on any evening in the 10pm hour this season.
» CMA Quote Book: Seen and heard onstage and backstage at the 44th Annual CMA Awards:
"That's how I like to start the night right there. I can relax and get drunk now." –Blake Shelton during the pre-show after winning Musical Event with Trace Adkins for "Hillbilly Bone."
"Are you guys going to wear your meat suits tonight, at least?" –Brad Paisley, apparently confusing Lady Antebellum with Lady Gaga.
"I'm her evil twin." –Actress Sissy Spacek on her bond with Loretta Lynn.
"You mean I'm the good one?" –Lynn in response.
"Shake it up, CMA!" –Jennifer Nettles interrupting Sugarland's press room Q&A as she saw Blake Shelton win Male Vocalist.
"I told him its time for them to get married and have a kid and see how good that thing sings." Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley on Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.
"What?!" –Taylor Swift responding to a standing ovation following her performance.
"He didn't die, really, he just retired ... He will rise again, I promise." –Paisley on Joe Galante.
"They never said no." –Jennifer Nettles on producers' response to Sugarland's brainstorming for their "music box" performance.
"I've been working out, but geez." –Miranda Lambert on lugging three trophies around for backstage photos.
"God bless us, every one." –Paisley closing his performance of "This Is Country Music."
» 18 Squeals & Three Dozen Roses: What could possibly sweeten the mix for an artist who celebrated her 27th birthday by enjoying her greatest professional breakthrough and watching her fiancé do the same? How about a surprise phone call from hero Merle Haggard. Miranda Lambert answered her phone prior to the awards show Wednesday (11/10) and, not recognizing the caller, asked who it was. "This is Merle Haggard," came the reply. Lambert responded, "The Merle? This is Miranda Lambert!" Surely chuckling, Haggard said, "I know, I called you!" Beyond his verbal best wishes, Haggard also sent Lambert 37 roses: 27 pink roses in honor of her birthday, nine yellow flowers signifying each of her CMA nominations and one red rose expressly for her.