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article imageBlake Shelton's CMA win sparks some controversy

By Tim O'Brien     Nov 4, 2012 in Entertainment
Nashville - He isn't on tour but is a judge on "The Voice." Yet, he wins the Entertainer of the Year award at the Country Music Awards, held recently.
He, who won it, was Blake Shelton, a country superstar who may be overexposed.
After that was announced, it was like everything that happened before, was muted. Even his wife, Miranda Lambert took to defending him for winning the biggest award Thursday night in Nashville.
Lambert told Billboard, and reported on Zap2It, "Blake Shelton deserved to win that trophy tonight. He's on a national television show two nights a week representing us as a genre and I'm so proud of him."
Surely an interesting take but it could affect how stars view their public relations. Many may simply judge and not tour, to nab an award. The judging gigs are nothing more than public relations and marketing, so perhaps Lambert has a point, but for entertainer of the year? If that awards is about that, then Reba being in a sitcom would qualify. Stay tuned.
A gut feeling is that the rule will be changed to touring artists. It has to. If that was the one award that sparked a few eyebrows to raise, take Shelton's win for male vocalist, since he only has a Christmas album out. In the end, too much success for Lambert and Shelton will ease, as it will for Taylor Swift. She, to many, is more pop than country, and thus sparks feuds as well.
Did he deserve the award? You be the judge. Wait. He is the judge, and that is how he won. Let's move on.
CMA winners list:
Entertainer of the Year
Blake Shelton
Single of the Year (award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
"Pontoon," Little Big Town, Produced by Jay Joyce, Capitol Records Nashville
Album of the Year (award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
Chief, Eric Church, Produced by Jay Joyce, EMI Records Nashville
Song of the Year (award goes to Songwriter(s))
"Over You," Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton
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
Thompson Square
Musical Event of the Year (award goes to each Artist)
"Feel Like A Rock Star," Kenny Chesney (duet with Tim McGraw), Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville
Musician of the Year
Mac McAnally - Guitar
Music Video of the Year (award goes to Artist and Director)
"Red Solo Cup," Toby Keith, Directed by Michael Salomon
New Artist of the Year
Hunter Hayes
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