CMA Highlights: Gwyneth Paltrow, Taylor Swift Stop The Show

On Wednesday night (November 10), the biggest luminaries in country music gathered in Nashville for the 44th annual Country Music Association Awards. The show, hosted by the tag-team of Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, featured a handful of high-profile victories and stunning performances. The big winner of the night was Miranda Lambert, who scored a trifecta of prizes (including Album of the Year for her 2009 LP Revolution). Lambert’s fiancé Blake Shelton also scored two big wins (Male Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for “Hillbilly Bone,” his collaboration with Trace Adkins).

(Click here for photos from the red carpet of the CMA Awards, including Taylor Swift, Gwyneth Paltrow and Miranda Lambert!)

The two biggest moments of the night were both performances, each one given by perhaps the two biggest stars in the room. Gwyneth Paltrow made her live country music debut with “Country Strong,” the theme song from her upcoming film from the same name that sees Paltrow play and up-and-coming country singer. She acquitted herself nicely, though was by far the most glamorously dressed of all her fellow female attendees.

(Click here for photos from the red carpet of the CMA Awards, including Taylor Swift, Gwyneth Paltrow and Miranda Lambert!)

The other big performance came courtesy of superstar Taylor Swift. While Swift didn’t win any awards (her album Speak Now was released too late in the year for consideration; look for her to sweep next year), but she did take the stage to perform the epic ballad “Back to December” (her song about former boyfriend Taylor Lautner) on the CMA stage. While maybe not quite as intense as her 2010 MTV Video Music Awards delivery of “Innocent,” it was still dramatic and gripping.

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