Cue the “O” face: Taylor Swift went home empty-handed after the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards on Thursday night (November 1), having lost in three categories. Swift, whose sometimes indie-rock-sounding new album Red had the highest-selling first week in a decade, lost Entertainer of the Year to Blake Shelton, Female Vocalist of the Year to Miranda Lambert, and Musical Event of the Year to Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw.
Lambert and Shelton also shared the Song of the Year award for “Over You,” the married couple’s duet that appears on Lambert’s 2011 album, Four the Record. During their acceptance speech, Lambert cried as her husband explained how his late father Dick inspired the couple to write the track about Shelton’s brother, Richie, who died in a car accident in 1990.
“My dad always told me, ‘Son, you should write a song about your brother,'” Shelton said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “I lost my dad in January, and it’s so amazing to me that tonight, even after he’s gone, he’s still right. I just needed the right person to write this song with and the right person to sing it.”
Shelton trumped his wife’s two awards and walked away with the night’s most wins by taking home a third trophy: Male Vocalist of the Year. It was his third straight win in that category. Lambert also pulled off a hat trick for Female Vocalist, which she previously won in 2010 and 2011. Swift was declared the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year in 2009, and won Entertainer of the Year in 2009 and 2011.
Scroll down to see Swift’s performance at the 2012 CMAs, a Parisian take on “Begin Again,” the second single from Red.