Country Music's Biggest Night is here! And WYRK's got you covered with everything you'll need to know before, during and after the CMA Awards ceremony. Grab your remote and your showtime snacks, and keep it right here for our 2012 CMA Awards live blog!


11 p.m.: Thanks for hanging in there with us tonight, everyone! Hope you enjoyed the show. We'll have more coverage tomorrow morning with The Breakfast Club!

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10:56 p.m.: Alright, we're up to the last award of the night! And
Blake Shelton is the CMA Awards'
Entertainer of the Year! He's genuinely shocked. "I don't know how this happened....I freakin' love it though!" Shelton says.
So, who did you guys think would win?

10:41 p.m.: We're starting to wind down the night with a tribute to Willie Nelson. Lady A kicks things off with their renditions of "Always On My Mind" and "Crazy".

Next up: Blake Shelton and Keith Urban doing "Whiskey River".

And finally, Faith and Tim get in on the action with "A Good-Hearted Woman".

10:32 p.m: The girls from 'Nashville' present
Female Vocalist of the Miranda Lambert. Keeping Male and Female Vocalist in the family this year!
"I don't necessarily deserve this...but I'll take it," Lambert says.
10:28 p.m.: Kenny Chesney brings us back from commercials with "Come Over".
10:20 p.m.: Martina McBride presents
Male Vocalist of the Year, which goes to Blake Shelton. It's his third time winning the award. He's surprised, and admits he thought Jason Aldean or Luke Bryan was going to win.

You guys were close on this one!
10:16 p.m.: "An 
Idol singing with an icon" is the intro for Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill, who are performing
their new duet, "Don't Rush"...which is almost jazzy, actually.
10:09 p.m.: OK, I can't have been the only one LOL'ing at Brad's intro of Jason Aldean, can I? Anywho, Aldean's playing "Take A Little Ride," which is just ridiculously catchy.

10:06 p.m.: 
Vocal Group of the Year is a tough category -- lots of talent. The award goes to Little Big Town, who also picked up Single of the Year earlier.

10:01 p.m.: Kicking off the final hour, it's the other co-host, Carrie Underwood, performing "Blown Away".

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9:57 p.m.: Really, you guys are all awesome with your comments about us deserving a CMA in the radio categories. We'll keep dreaming big!

9:50 p.m.: Co-host Brad Paisley switches from acoustic to electric mid-
9:47 p.m.: Last year's Best New Artist, The Band Perry, bestow the 2012 honor on


9:43 p.m.: Keith Urban and Zac Brown bring us back from commercial with a duet. They sound great together.

9:36 p.m.: And now we've got Brantley Gilbert with "Country Must Be Country Wide" -- a definite change from Faith!

9:32 p.m.: Faith Hill is performing her new single,
"American Heart". But I'm confused -- I thought hubby Tim McGraw was supposed to be out there with her?

9:23 p.m.: Carrie welcomes tourmate Hunter Hayes, who launches right into "Wanted".

Hunter Hayes can get a whole arena of women emotional in 2.4 seconds.…

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9:20 p.m.: Jennifer Nettles (still preggo, despite everyone's best attempts) and Kristian Bush present Album of the Year to Eric Church for Chief. And everyone just. keeps. clapping. Well deserved.

Here's what you guys thought would happen:


9:17 p.m.: Luke Bryan brings us back from commercials with "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye". I haven't been able to get this song out of my head lately!

9:14 p.m.: This:

And Rob clues us in on what's next:

9:08 p.m.: Ooh, we get to hear the Single of the Year LIVE!

(It really was a VERY cool setup!)

9:03 p.m.: Taylor Swift debuts "Begin Again" a Paris cafe?

(That's not from tonight, but in case you haven't heard it yet.)

8:54 p.m.: Kellie Pickler and Darius Rucker are out to dole out Song of the Year (which goes to the songwriter, for the record). Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton's "Over You" wins it!

Here's how you guys voted:


8:52 p.m.: Now we get Eli Young Band's "Even If It Breaks Your Heart". I'm having Taste Of Country 2012 flashbacks!

8:49 p.m: If you ask me, "Springsteen" will ALWAYS remind me of summer 2012.

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And, yes, Eric Church DID just pull out a few lines of "Born To Run". Gotta love it!

8:44 p.m.: The Band Perry pull out yet another new song, "Better Dig Two."

8:40 p.m.: I can't even keep track of all the stars they just rattled off on the way to commercials! It's gonna be a busy night!

8:37 p.m.: ...Right in to Dierks Bentley, who's singing "Tip It On Back." Sorry we can't give you instantaneous video, guys! But if you want to hear what's up, we're broadcasting the show on 106.5 WYRK, so you should tune in!

8:33 p.m.: Zac Brown Band performing "Goodbye In Her Eyes". Hey, remember that time
they put on an absolutely killer show at Darien Lake??

8:28 p.m.: Commercial break. Here's some more on this CMA drinking game people are making up:
8:24 p.m.: Wow, we're just moving things right along here! Miranda Lambert's up to perform "Fastest Girl In Town".

8:22 p.m.: Jana Kramer and Jake Owen dole out
Vocal Duo of the Year to...Thompson Square.


8:20 p.m.: Can't get enough Tim McGraw? This won't be his only performance tonight. This one's his new song, "One Of Those Nights".

8:15 p.m.: Lisa Marie Presley presents the first award of the night --
Single of the Year. And Little Big Town wins for "Pontoon!"

8:10 p.m.: How adorable are Brad and Carrie?!

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8:03 p.m.: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Eric Church get things started with their new collabo

8 p.m.: Y'all better be tuned into ABC -- the 2012 CMA Awards broadcast starts NOW!

7:50 p.m.: They're already handing out awards:

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7:45 p.m.: They're getting ready...

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7:30 p.m.: Thirty minutes to go! Here are some snaps from our eyes in Nashville:

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7:20 p.m.: In case you missed it...

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7:05 p.m.: Well, if Clay ever disappears, we'll know where he ran off to:

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7 p.m.: I'm flipping over to the pre-show on CMT, which starts now. Here's a peek behind the scenes from my couch. I have way too many Internet tabs open right now!

Angela Stefano

6:20 p.m.: D'aw, you guys are too kind!

6:15 p.m.: Let's play a little game while we're waiting, shall we?
Cast your votes for who you think will win each award tonight, and then as each award is announced, we'll compare the WYRK audience's pick to the real winner. You've got just under two hours to vote, so get to it!
6 p.m.: Sometimes you need to have a little fun to make it through these awards shows -- but Carley's idea could be dangerous! After all, Carrie's a fashionable woman, and there are bound to be a lot of changes!

5 p.m.: The stars have officially begun walking the red carpet, and you can
watch all the action right here on Need the computer and can't keep the screen open? We've got the arrivals
4 p.m.: Also over on Twitter,
Rob Banks has been offering up his predictions for each category's winner:

3 p.m.: The competition is fierce for Entertainer of the Year, but our
Twitter follower Lexy has a strong favorite:

Clay agrees, and is also rooting for

@1065wyrk) tonight and are 
connected with us on Facebook. We'll be looking for your great tweets and comments to add to this live blog throughout the night.
2 p.m.: Our very own Wendy Lynn hopped on a plane to Nashville bright and early this morning to make it to the show tonight. According to
her Twitter, she's already having a great time (and making the rest of us up here pretty jealous)!

1 p.m.: Excited for the show tonight? Us too. We've been getting ready all week. So if you need your CMA fix before the ceremony starts at 8 p.m., be sure to take a peek at all of our CMA coverage.

And an early congrats goes out to Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, who have already snagged themselves awards.