Given that I focus on country music here, this isn't the place to discuss the "Country Music" Association awards that were held tonight (11/6) in Nashville. With acts such as Jason Mraz and Nirvana drummer David Grohl appearing I don't think I need any other justification for not reporting on the event.
However, they did something right tonight. For only the second time in history, a Country Music Hall of Famer won the "Entertainer of the Year" award after his Hall of Fame induction. That honor went to George Strait, who is in the midst of his "The Cowboy Rides Away" farewell tour.
Strait was overwhelmed as the audience remained standing, cheering what may well be Strait's final award (although his "Cowboy Rides Away" tour is scheduled to continue into May 2014, which would make him eligible again next year).
In 1966 Eddy Arnold was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The next year, at the inaugural CMA Awards, he was named Entertainer of the Year. Until Strait's triumph Arnold was the only performer to ever accomplish that feat.
Congratulations to country music's most successful artist. Here's hoping for a repeat performance next year.
George Strait's 2013 Entertainer of the Year Award