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Carrie Underwood performs onstage at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Carrie Underwood performs onstage at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Kelly Clarkson, left, and Vince Gill perform at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Kelly Clarkson, left, and Vince Gill perform at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Miranda Lambert, left, and Blake Shelton accept song of the year award for "Over You" at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Miranda Lambert, left, and Blake Shelton accept song of the year award for "Over You" at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Blake Shelton accepts the award for male vocalist of the year at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Blake Shelton accepts the award for male vocalist of the year at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Hosts Brad Paisley, left, and Carrie Underwood perform an opening number onstage at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Hosts Brad Paisley, left, and Carrie Underwood perform an opening number onstage at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Carrie Underwood performs onstage at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Carrie Underwood performs onstage at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Miranda Lambert, left, and Blake Shelton embrace onstage after winning the award for song of the year for "Over You" at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Miranda Lambert, left, and Blake Shelton embrace onstage after winning the award for song of the year for "Over You" at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Musical group Zac Brown Band performs at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Musical group Zac Brown Band performs at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Miranda Lambert accepts the award for female vocalist of the year at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Miranda Lambert accepts the award for female vocalist of the year at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Dierks Bentley at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Dierks Bentley at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Neil Perry, left, Kimberly Perry, center, and Reid Perry, of The Band Perry, present the award for new artist of the year at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Neil Perry, left, Kimberly Perry, center, and Reid Perry, of The Band Perry, present the award for new artist of the year at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Keith Urban, left, and Zac Brown perform at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Keith Urban, left, and Zac Brown perform at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Musical group Little Big Town, from left, Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet, perform at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Musical group Little Big Town, from left, Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet, perform at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Faith Hill performs at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Faith Hill performs at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Jason Aldean performs at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Jason Aldean performs at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Keith Urban, left, and Zac Brown perform at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Keith Urban, left, and Zac Brown perform at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Jason Aldean performs during the opening of the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Jason Aldean performs during the opening of the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Musical group Little Big Town, from left, Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet, perform at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Musical group Little Big Town, from left, Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet, perform at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Hunter Hayes performs at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Hunter Hayes performs at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Scotty McCreery, left, and Shawn Johnson present the award for vocal group of the year at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Scotty McCreery, left, and Shawn Johnson present the award for vocal group of the year at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Brad Paisley performs onstage at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Brad Paisley performs onstage at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Kelly Clarkson, left, and Vince Gill perform at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Kelly Clarkson, left, and Vince Gill perform at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Miranda Lambert, left, and Blake Shelton accept song of the year award for "Over You" at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Lambert got emotional as Shelton talked about the loss of his brother Richie and the song he wrote to honor him.
Miranda Lambert, left, and Blake Shelton accept song of the year award for "Over You" at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Lambert got emotional as Shelton talked about the loss of his brother Richie and the song he wrote to honor him.
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Taylor Swift performs onstage at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Taylor Swift performs onstage at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Luke Bryan performs onstage at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Luke Bryan performs onstage at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Kimberly Perry, of musical group The Band Perry, performs onstage at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Kimberly Perry, of musical group The Band Perry, performs onstage at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Connie Britton, from left, Hayden Panettiere and Kimberly Williams-Paisley present the award for female vocalist of the year at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Connie Britton, from left, Hayden Panettiere and Kimberly Williams-Paisley present the award for female vocalist of the year at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Hunter Hayes performs at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Hunter Hayes performs at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Luke Bryan performs onstage at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Luke Bryan performs onstage at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Jimi Westbrook, from left, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet, of Little Big Town, accept the award for vocal group of the year at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Jimi Westbrook, from left, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet, of Little Big Town, accept the award for vocal group of the year at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Zac Brown, of musical group Zac Brown Band, performs at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Zac Brown, of musical group Zac Brown Band, performs at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Miranda Lambert performs at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Miranda Lambert performs at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Hunter Hayes performs at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Hunter Hayes performs at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Hunter Hayes accepts the new artist of the year award at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Hunter Hayes accepts the new artist of the year award at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Jason Aldean performs at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Jason Aldean performs at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Brad Paisley performs onstage at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Brad Paisley performs onstage at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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This image released by American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. shows hosts Brad Paisley, left, and Carrie Underwood as they mimic the Gangnam-style dance by South Korean rapper PSY, at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
This image released by American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. shows hosts Brad Paisley, left, and Carrie Underwood as they mimic the Gangnam-style dance by South Korean rapper PSY, at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Dierks Bentley at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Dierks Bentley at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Musical group Little Big Town, from left, Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet, perform at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Musical group Little Big Town, from left, Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet, perform at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Willie Nelson arrives at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Willie Nelson arrives at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
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