CMA Awards: Hollywood Shines at Country’s Big Night

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood returned as hosts for this year's "CMA Awards" with Gwyneth Paltrow bringing a Hollywood touch to the Nashville festivities.

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NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 10: Gwyneth Paltrow performs "Country Strong" at the 44th Annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 10, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Gwyneth Paltrow
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Nashville got a dose of Hollywood glamor when Gwyneth Paltrow performed at the Country Music Awards on Wednesday. Accompanied by Vince Gill, Paltrow belted out the title song from her new film, "Country Strong."
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Paltrow's performance shows that hubby Chris Martin of Coldplay isn't the only one in the family with music chops.
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Miranda Lambert receives her female vocalist of the year trophy from Loretta Lynn who is celebrating her 50th year as a country singer.
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Miranda Lambert gets a kiss from her fiance Blake Shelton. Lambert won three CMA awards Wednesday night.
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Brad Paisley accepts the Entertainer of the Year Award at the 44th Annual Country Music Awards in Nashville.
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Actress Nicole Kidman stood by her man, country singer Keith Urban as he took time to speak on the red carpet about changes in Nashville's music scene.
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Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, CMA co-hosts for the second year running, kicked off the broadcast with a song that mocked Tiger Woods and NFLer Brett Favre, who they said "has taken taken up photography."
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LeAnn Rimes did not have actor boyfriend Eddie Cibrian by her side. She recently took to Twitter to criticize tabloids for reporting false engagement rumors .
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Taylor Swift performed "Back to December'" from her new album. The awards show darling was only nominated in one category this year, and did not walk away with a statue.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"Achy Breaky Heart" singer Billy Ray Cyrus made an appearance after having dominating headlines with his high profile divorce.
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Actress Katherine Heigl and musician Josh Kelley posed on the red carpet together, adding Hollywood dazzle to this year's CMAs.
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Sheryl Crow was also on hand for photographers.
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What's a event without Carrot Top in attendance?
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Katie Cook glams it up before the CMAs.
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Actress Leighton Meester also hit up the red carpet.
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Hilary Williams and Kellie Pickler blow a kiss for fans ahead of country music's biggest night.
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Fresh from his D.C. appearance at Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Freedom rally, Kid Rock performed "Born Free" in Nashville.
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The pair also noted Paltrow's presence in the room. After Paisley asked for two Coldplay tickets -- a reference to Paltrow's rock star hubby -- Underwood said "don't be rude -- can I have four?"
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Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood joined forces for a CMA performance.
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Taylor Swift donned rod outside the 44th Annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 10, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Veteran crooner Reba McEntire performed "If I Were A Boy" at the 44th Annual CMA Awards.
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Darius Rucker and Luke Bryan strut the red carpet together.
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Lady Antebellum, stole the prize for Single of the Year award for "Need You Now." They also won a vocal group award.
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Speaking of affection, here's Rory Lee Feek and Joey Martin Feek of Joey + Rory.
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Country singer Dierks Bentley performs on an outdoor stage in the early morning on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, in Nashville, Tenn., in conjunction with the CMA Awards show.
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Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland performed their hit "Stuck Like Glue."
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Actress Gwyneth Paltrow brought a Hollywood dazzle to the red carpet ahead of the CMAs.
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Miranda Lambert also had a big night, taking home Female Vocalist of the Year and three other awards. Here she speaks with country icon Loretta Lynn.
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Miranda Lambert, shown here performing "That's The Way That The World Goes Round," may have had the stars in her favor. After all, it was her 27th birthday.
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Lambert's fiancee, Blake Shelton, shown here performing "All About Tonight," won two awards, including music event of the year and male vocalist of the year.
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Sugarland also picked up an award for vocal duo of the year.
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Keith Urban performed "Put You In a Song" on stage in Nashville.
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Zac Brown, right, of the The Zac Brown band score a trophy for artist of the year.
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Kenny Chesney performed with football players projected in the background.
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Kid Rock shows us what he's drinking after the show.
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A better look at Katherine Heigl's dress.
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Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton exude their affection for each other on the red carpet.
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Clay Walker and his wife attend the 44th Annual CMA Awards.
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An emotional Brad Paisley finally came away with an entertainer of the year award after having been nominated for the coveted prize for the last five years. "My hero Little Jimmy Dickens has a saying, that is if you see a turtle on a fencepost it had help getting up there and I'm the turtle on the fencepost at this point," he said.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"American Idol" alum Bo Brice attends the "Idol"-friendly event.
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Singer Lynn Anderson works it for this year's CMAs.
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