NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Kenny Chesney ties Oklahoman Garth Brooks for the most wins in the entertainer of the year category after picking up his fourth honor at the CMA awards tonight in Nashville.
The ceremony was highlighted by a lavish performance by Taylor Swift, a surprise appearance by rapper Lil Wayne in a duet with Kid Rock, and the return of one of country's biggest stars, Shania Twain.
Oklahoma native Carrie Underwood not only co-hosted the show with Brad Paisley, but picked up her third straight female vocalist award.
Underwood joked to her mother it was hard to sing with her crying in the second row. The award came after her performance of her No. 1 hit "Just a Dream," about a woman who lost her loved one in war.
The song was introduced by Leslie Ponder who lost her husband in Afghanistan.
Paisley won video of the year honors.
Brooks & Dunn have sang "Cowgirls Don't Cry" with country great and Oklahoma native Reba McEntire, who they say inspired the tune.
Chensey performed his hit "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" with the reggae band the Wailers backing him up.
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