By Shannon Collins

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The CMAs aired Thursday night and it was quite a show. Some winners were predictable, while others were a complete surprise. A new power couple solidified their spot in the country scene, and the former princess left the show without a single crown to her name.

It was interesting, to say the least.

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert were the royalty of the night, taking home five awards between the married couple, including Song of the Year for Lambert’s “Over You,” which she co-wrote with Shelton. They also won Female Vocalist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, respectively. The biggest award of the night, however, went to Shelton when he beat out reigning champion Taylor Swift for Entertainer of the Year. Swift received no awards this year, which is a completely new experience for her.

She was able to perform her single, “Begin Again,” off her new album Red to the backdrop of a café in France, much like the song’s video. It was nice, but a bit slow. Other performers, such as Little Big Town, also made a splash at the show. Their performance of “Pontoon” was reminiscent of the 60s, when it comes to silhouettes and dancing in boxes. They had a great time on stage and presented a spectacular light show. They also took home the awards for Vocal Group of the Year and Single of the Year. As they said in their speech, earning this award “had been 13 years in the making.”

Other winners were Hunter Hayes for New Artist of the Year, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw for Musical Event of the Year, Toby Keith for Music Video of the Year, Thompson Square for Vocal Duo of the Year, Mac McAnally for Musician of the Year, and Eric Church for Album of the Year. Willie Nelson also received the show’s first Lifetime Achievement Award.