George Strait honored at Country Music Association Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The entertainer of the year trophy at the Country Music Association Awards is one of the most coveted honors in the genre, but sometimes it's OK to lose -- like when George Strait is a nominee.

Strait won his third entertainer of the year award and his first since 1990 Wednesday night against country music's current hitmakers, and no one seemed disappointed. Blake Shelton -- one of five performers with a leading two victories -- was excited to lose to the 61-year-old whose popularity defies his age.

Shelton was one of five top winners with two trophies apiece, along with Florida Georgia Line and the trio of Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban, who won music video and music event of the year for their "Highway Don't Care" collaboration.

If you missed any of the awards, we have a complete list:

Entertainer of the Year

George Strait

Vocal Group of the Year

Little Big Town

Album of the Year

“Based on a True Story” by Blake Shelton

Music Video of the Year

“Highway Don’t Care” by Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year

Miranda Lambert

Vocal Duo of the Year

Florida Georgia Line

Single of the Year

“Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line

Musical Event of the Year

“Highway Don’t Care” by Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

Male Vocalist of the Year

Blake Shelton

New Artist of the Year

Kacey Musgraves

Song of the Year

“I Drive Your Truck” by Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary

Musician of the Year

Mac McAnally

Pinnacle Award

Taylor Swift

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