Posted 9 months ago
By Cassie Ryan
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — 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 countrymusic’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.