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Brad Paisley finally wins CMA's entertainer of the year

Brad Paisley poses in the press room during

Brad Paisley poses in the press room during the 44th Annual Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. He won entertainer of the year and also hosted the night's festivities. (Nov. 10, 2010) Credit: AP Photo

It took five years, but Brad Paisley is finally the CMA's entertainer of the year.

Paisley won the coveted trophy at the awards show yesterday night, The Associated Press reports. He had been nominated every year for the award since 2005 but come away empty-handed.

A tearful Paisley compared himself to a turtle on a fence post.

Paisley won in a category that featured two of the night's big winners. Miranda Lambert won three trophies while crossover sensation Lady Antebellum won two. Keith Urban and the Zac Brown Band - which won new artist of the year - were also up for the award.

Lambert won for female vocalist and her song "The House That Built Me" won video of the year and song of the year for songwriters Tom Douglas and Allan Shamblin.

Lady A won vocal group of the year and single of the year for the hit song "Need You Now."

"Thank you to my brother, Josh Kelley, for making me to move to Nashville six years ago, I love you," Lady A vocalist Charles Kelley said after his band took single of the year.

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Blake Shelton, Lambert's fiance, won male vocalist of the year, ending Paisley's string of three wins in that category. Shelton also won music event of the year for "Hillbilly Bone" with Trace Adkins.

Paisley served as the host of the evening's ceremony with Carrie Underwood.

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