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Monday 22 December 2014

Taylor Swift dazzles at CMA awards

Taylor Swift received a standing ovation for her performance at the CMAs
Taylor Swift received a standing ovation for her performance at the CMAs

Blake Shelton may have been a surprise winner at the Country Music Association Awards, but Taylor Swift stole the spotlight on the red carpet.

The chart-topping songstress, whose new album Red is in the UK top spot, wore a floral embroidered lace gown by Jenny Packham at the Nashville ceremony before she received an ovation for the performance of her new single, Begin Again.

She had style competition from Carrie Underwood and Hayden Panettiere, who both wowed in white dresses.

The Voice judge Blake took home a hat-trick of trophies, including his third straight male vocalist victory and the top honour of entertainer of the year, but he revealed that winning song of the year for Over You with wife Miranda Lambert, about the death of his brother Richie in a car wreck 15 years ago, is extra special.

"For me as a songwriter that is as personal as I can get. So that songwriter award, song of the year award, it will have its own shelf," he said.

"It will have spotlights on it and an alarm and everything. Trip wires and there will be a land mine if you walk towards it. It is a real big deal to Miranda and I."

Blake admitted he was shocked to win best entertainer, following Taylor's two-time win of the gong: "I didn't think about that tonight. I was thinking there's Taylor Swift right there."

Blake, and other stars including Keith Urban, joined together to salute lifetime achievement winner Willie Nelson, ending with a group sing-along of his iconic On The Road Again.

Other winners included quartet Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes, and Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw won musical event of the year for Party Like A Rock Star.

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