(CBSNews.com) - George Strait has captured the top honor at the Country Music Association Awards, winning entertainer of the year.
The win Wednesday night was Strait's third in the category -- but his first since 1990. The 61-year-old Texan is retiring from the road and has been celebrated by his peers as he completes his The Cowboy Rides Away tour.
"This blows me away," he said. "This means the world to me, I appreciate it. Thank you."
He capped a night where there was no clear favorite -- Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line won two awards each.
Lambert won her fourth straight female vocalist of the year award while her husband, Shelton, won album of the year and male vocalist -- a category he also won for the fourth year in a row. Florida Georgia Line took too early awards to join Swift, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw atop the early winners list.
"I really didn't think this was going to happen this year," Lambert said before thanking each of the other nominees.
The husband and wife have been favorites of the CMA's 6,000 voters for the last three years and Wednesday as no different. Shelton's album of the year win for "Based on a True Story ..." was a bit of a surprise, a year after taking entertainer of the year.
"I had mentioned earlier today that if there was award that would mean the most to me tonight, it would be album of the year," said Shelton, getting serious after jokingly snatching his trophy from presenter Sheryl Crow.
Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley scored single and vocal duo of the year. Their quick tally was more proof the so-called bro country movement is the sound of the moment in mainstream country. FGL kicked off the show performing a fist-pumping medley with Luke Bryan, and very quickly returned to the stage to take the trophy for single of the year for their "Cruise" remix featuring Nelly. They also played the new song "Round Here."
Meanwhile, Kacey Musgraves -- who, along with Taylor Swift, led all nominees with six -- won the new artist trophy, besting a field including Florida Georgia Line. With smart songwriting, a progressive bent and a strong sense of self like country's other top women, Musgraves made an auspicious mainstream country debut this year with her album "Same Trailer Different Park."
"This first year for me has just been undescribable," said Musgraves, who set a record for nominations for a woman in her first year on the show.
Hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley got the show going on a jovial note as they took the stage with their opening skit, first joking about feuds in music. They got Bryan and Zac Brown to hug it out after their mild feud over song trends in Nashville. They skewered Obamacare, poked fun at Julianne Hough's misguided blackface Halloween costume and parodied "Blurred Lines" with the guys from Duck Dynasty.
And, of course, they took a moment to poke fun at Miley Cyrus. Paisley thanked Swift "for never once humping a teddy bear or gyrating with Beetlejuice." Swift responded with an imaginary tip of the cap.
Underwood added, "If someone in music was gonna be caught naked licking a hammer, I think we know we all thought it'd be Blake Shelton."
Swift tied Florida Georgia Line with two trophies after her "Highway Don't Care" collaboration with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban won musical event and music video of the year before the show began. Lee Brice's "I'd Drive Your Truck," about a fallen soldier whose father still drives his truck, won song of the year.
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