"I have dreamed this moment my whole life and I can speak for the rest of these guys up here that they have, too," Eli said. "For those of you watching on television, if you're sitting here and thinking, `I'm dreaming about this moment and I want to be here,' follow your dreams believe in yourself and do it."
Album of the Year: Four the Record by Miranda Lambert
"I own every record in this category and I've been listening and listening, thinking I'm not going to get it," said Lambert, who got a hug from her grandmother and close friends Lady Antebellum before accepting her award. "Every record is amazing, and I'm so thrilled. I will never take this trophy for granted. My albums are my babies. It's what makes me wake up in the mornings."
Vocal Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum
“Look Mom… Kiss!”- Charles Kelly
Vocal Duo of the Year:
“It’s been a long, long road,” Keifer Thompson told the crowd. “This is one of the greatest nights of our lives.” Overcome with emotion, he continued, “It’s hard to talk when you’re crying.”
“This is a very bittersweet moment for me,” added Shawna Thompson as she fought back tears. “More sweet than bitter. My dad passed away a month ago. This is for my dad.”
Video of the Year: “Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith
Vocal Event of the Year and Single Record of the Year: “Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson
""I kind of thought it needed a female vocal on it and Kelly was the first name I threw out," Aldean told the audience. "And I'm really glad I did because she came in and made a great song, and just took it to a great place." Added Clarkson: "Thank y'all so much for welcoming me from the pop world!"
New Artist of the Year: Scotty McCreery
“[I have to] thank my good Lord and savior, Jesus Christ… country radio… [and I have to] thank the fans. You rock!”
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
“I can’t believe. I am so humbled. I don’t know what to say…Thank you Jesus for giving me this gift I can share with all of my fans, that’s what I’ve got to say.”
Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton
“I don’t know what the hell to say.”
Entertainer of the Year: Taylor Swift
"I'm so happy about this," Swift said after thanking her followers for giving her the fan-voted award. "I want to say to my fellow nominees in this category I respect you so much and I love you."