Florida Georgia Line became the first big winners at the Country Music Associations Awards in Nashville when their hit song “Cruise” was named single of the year.
The duo, who helped Luke Bryan open the show from the Bridgestone Arena, beat out Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Tim McGraw and Kasey Musgraves to win the night’s first honor.
Lee Brice was also an early winner – his “I Drive Your Truck” was named Song of the Year.
McGraw’s collaboration with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, “Highway Don’t Care”, might have lost out in the Single of the Year category, but the trio was a pre-ceremony winner, picking up Music Video of the Year and Musical Event of the Year awards hours before the prizegiving.
Swift was also an early winner when she was named only the second artist ever to be presented with the Pinnacle Award, which recognizes musicians who have made a significant impact on the industry.
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Meanwhile, Musgraves, who was one of the first performers at the 2013 CMAs, had censors on the alert as she sang about same-sex kissing and smoking weed at the ceremony.
The live telecast sound was cut and cameras pulled away from the pretty singer’s face as she sang “When the straight and narrow gets a little too straight, roll up a joint, I would” in her hit song “Follow Your Arrow.”
The full list of winners at the 2013 Country Music Association Awards is:
Entertainer of the Year: George Strait
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
Album of the Year: “Based on a True Story” by Blake Shelton
Single of the Year: “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line
Song of the Year: “I Drive Your Truck” by Lee Brice
Musical Event of the Year: “Highway Don’t Care” by Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
Music Video of the Year: “Highway Don’t Care” by Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
New Artist of the Year: Kacey Musgraves
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally
Pinnacle Award: Taylor Swift
Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award: Kenny Rogers