Brad Paisley won Entertainer of the Year, but female artists stole the show at the CMA Awards 2010.
Miranda Lambert nabbed four awards, including album of the year and song of the year, and joined Sheryl Crow for a memorable tribute to Loretta Lynn.
Then, there was Gwyneth Paltrow's highly talked-about performance. She sang "Country Strong," the title track from her upcoming film, while accompanied by Vince Gill.
In other memorable performances, Taylor Swift sang "Back to December," the song that may or may not be about Taylor Lautner. "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson teamed with Jason Aldean for an emotional duet to "Don't You Wanna Stay."
Did you like this year's CMA Awards? Did Gwyneth Paltrow impress you?
Click here for a list of winners, then check out our recap of the show:
Carrie Underwood sings "Songs Like This" to open the show. Keith Urban and Brad Paisley join her on stage.
After that, hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood perform a quick comedy bit. They point out Gwyneth Paltrow in the audience. Brad has a question for Gwyneth: "Can you get me two Coldplay tickets?"
We get the usual cracks about Tiger Woods, Bret Favre and BP. Brad even pulls out a few Lady Gaga tunes. At 8:11 p.m., we get the first Brooks & Dunn breakup joke. Too soon?
8:12 - Ty Pennington and LeAnn Rimes present Single of the Year to Lady Antebellum for "Need You Now." Katherine Heigl gives them some high-fives. Remember, Katherine Heigl's husband's brother is a member of Lady Antebellum.
8:18 - The musicians from Rascal Flatts take the stage and perform "Why Wait." As usual, these guys exceeded their sparkly garment quota tonight. Two is too many, IMHO.
8:22 - Kellie Pickler goes all va-va-voom on us while presenting Song of the Year. She's sporting an extremely low-cut gold sequined gown. Too much? Maybe. I hardly notice her co-presenters, Luke Bryan and Jerrod Niemann.
Anyway, the award goes to the guys who wrote Miranda Lambert's "The House That Built Me." Their acceptance speech marks the first musical cutoff of the night.
8:26 - Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley poke fun at Miranda Lambert's engagement ring. Then, they introduce Blake Shelton's performance. He sings "All About Tonight" on a stage in the middle of the crowd.
8:35 - Happy birthday, Miranda Lambert! Carrie Underwood announces the news while introducing Miranda's performance. She sings "That's The Way The World Goes 'Round" and it's pretty awesome.
Miranda Lambert was one of the first big-name celebrities I talked to in my journalism career and she remains one of the nicest people I've interviewed. Also, this song's message speaks to me right now, since I'm currently stranded in my office with a flat tire. Shrug. I guess that's the way the world goes round.
8:37 - Little Jimmy Dickens is on stage! He does a cute comedy bit that involves scuba-type gear.
8:38 - George Strait takes the stage and performs "Breath You Take." I've never been a huge George Strait fan, but I feel like dissing George Strait is like dissing pizza. You just can't do it. Or can you?
8:42 - Darius Rucker presents New Artist of the Year to Zac Brown Band. No surprise there.
8:48 - Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson team up to perform "As She's Walking Away."
8:52 - Carrie Underwood introduces Kenny Chesney's performance. Anybody have a favorite Underwood outfit yet? Anyway, Kenny sings "The Boys of Fall," his ode to football. Warning: This show is getting a bit sleepy.
9:02 - Leighton Meester is in the house! She announces a performance by Taylor Swift. Taylor wears a long gown and sits at the piano to sing "Back to December," the song that may or may not be about Taylor Lautner.
I want to hate this performance but I'm engrossed. It's too emo to hate. The fake snow. The streetlamps on stage. The violins. Forgive her, Taylor Lautner! She's sorry! Taylor mouths "what?" at the song's conclusion and apparently she, too, is surprised at its ability to hook an audience. Taylor got a standing ovation, according to the AP.
9:07 - The quirky musicians from Sugarland take the stage and perform "Stuck Like Glue." Jennifer Nettles poses as a ballerina while Kristian Bush wears a cute little ringmaster getup. Jennifer teeters on country rap territory and I love it.
9:11 - Sara Evans, Easton Corbin and Chris Young present Vocal Group of the Year to Lady Antebellum. I'm so happy to see Sara Evans, another singer who's incredibly nice in interviews.
9:19 - Keith Urban performs "Put You In A Song." I sense a few sound difficulties, but I suppose things could be worse. Quick survey: Would you rather have Keith Urban or Taylor Swift put you in a song?
9:22 - OK, I found my favorite Carrie Underwood gown. I love this long yellow-orange getup. Did anybody else catch that? Click here for a photo gallery of Carrie's outfits.
9:23 - Reba McEntire performs her cover of Beyonce's "If I Were a Boy." Sorry, but I don't think it's better than the original. Reba gets a standing ovation, so I must be in the minority.
9:33 - Jeff Gordon briefly poses as Brad Paisley. OK, I'll laugh.
9:34 - Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson sing their duet, "Don't You Wanna Stay." This was one of my most anticipated moments of the night and it exceeds my expectations. Well done. Don't forget to read my interview with Jason Aldean in next Thursday's To Do section.
9:37 - Little Big Town presents Album of the Year to Miranda Lambert for "Revolution." She says "Revolution" caused a revolution in her life.
9:41 - Kid Rock performs "Born Free." I'm not crazy about this one, but you have to remember I'm still trying to evict Kid Rock from the country music world.
9:50 - Brad Paisley performs "This is Country Music." He ends the performance with an enthusiastic, "God bless us, everyone!" Yep, this is country music.
9:55 - Joanna Garcia and Jeff Gordon present Vocal Duo of the Year to Sugarland. Frankly, I'm happy Brooks & Dunn didn't win. That would've been awkward. Kristian Bush thanks his dad for telling him to play the guitar. We also learn Miranda Lambert won Music Video of the Year.
10:04 - Lady Antebellum performs "Hello World." Anyone else think this song is a bit too somber?
10:08 - Martina McBride presents Male Vocalist of the Year to Blake Shelton. Miranda Lambert is emotional in the audience. "This is a really big deal for me," Blake says. "This is unbelievable."
10:12 - The Band Perry performs "If I Die Young." They announce the CMA winning radio stations of the year.
10:19 - Brad Paisley jokes, "After the night that Blake and Miranda are having, I think we can expect a baby in about nine months."
10:20 - Carrie Underwood takes the stage in a massive purple gown and sings "Mama's Song." This is really beautiful. Any critics likely changed their minds after the "aww" shot of Carrie's mom in the audience post-performance.
10:23 - Dierks Bentley performs "Up On the Ridge." I love the massive amount of dry ice on stage.
10:32 - Well hello, Sissy Spacek! She introduces the tribute to Loretta Lynn, another star I had the privilege of interviewing. We discussed reality TV and it was awesome. Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow take the stage and perform "Coal Miner's Daughter." Before I know it, Loretta's on stage! Woo hoo! Girl power!
10:38 - Female Vocalist of the Year goes to Miranda Lambert. Is it bad that I wanted her to win solely for the Blake/Miranda cuteness factor? "I just told Blake I think we need to go to church," Miranda says. She thanks Loretta and Reba and gets emotional on stage.
10:45 - Time for the highly talked-about Gwyneth Paltrow performance. She sings "Country Strong," the title track from her new film, while accompanied by Vince Gill. It's not a bad tune and Gwyneth Paltrow does a decent job. I'm proud of her. But did she really deserve that standing ovation?
10:55 - Tim McGraw presents Entertainer of the Year to Brad Paisley. Brad cites a quotation from Little Jimmy Dickens: "If you had a turtle on a fence post, it had help getting up there." Brad cries on stage and thanks pretty much everybody in the world.
10:59 - We're done! What did you think?