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47th annual Country Music Awards

George Strait won his third entertainer of the year award and his first since 1990 on Wednesday night against country music's current hit makers, and no one seemed disappointed.

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Taylor Swift accepts the Pinnacle award at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Looking on at right is presenter George Strait. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Miranda Lambert accepts the award for female vocalist of the year at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Zac Brown performs at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Taylor Swift, left, goes onstage to accept the Pinnacle award at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Looking on second from right are members of Rascal Flatts, Jay DeMarcus, and Gary LeVox, (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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George Strait performs at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Kenny Rogers, center left, accepts the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. In background from left are Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker and Jay DeMarcus. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Luke Bryan performs "Drink a Beer," a song dedicated to his brother Chris , pictured left, and sister Kelly, pictured center, at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Kelly Clarkson, left, presents Blake Shelton with the award for male vocalist of the year at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Darius Rucker closes the 47th annual CMA Awards with a performance of "Wagon Wheel" at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Carrie Underwood performs at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Darius Rucker closes the 47th annual CMA Awards with a performance of "Wagon Wheel" at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Miranda Lambert accepts the award for female vocalist of the year at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Kellie Pickler, left, and Sean "Diddy" Combs present the award for vocal group of the year at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Florida Georgia Line's, Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard perform at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Taylor Swift performs at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Blake Shelton poses backstage with his awards for male vocalist of the year and album of the year at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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George Strait poses backstage with the award for entertainer of the year at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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Eric Church performs at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, right, of Florida Georgia Line, and Joey Moi pose backstage with the award for single of the year for "Cruise" at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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Jimi Westbrook, from left, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman and Philip Sweet, of Little Big Town, pose backstage with the award for vocal group of the year at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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Carrie Underwood, left, and Tim McGraw appear onstage at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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The Band Perry, from left, Neil, Kimberly and Reid Perry perform at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Duck Dynasty members, from left, Jase Robertson, Missy Robertson, Korie Robertson and Willie Robertson speak onstage at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Co-hosts Carrie Underwood, left, and Brad Paisley, speak at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Taylor Swift poses backstage with her awards for musical event of the year and music video of the year for "Highway Don't Care," and the pinnacle award at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. The fourth award was from a previous year. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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Taylor Swift, left, goes onstage to accept the Pinnacle award at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Looking on second from right are members of Rascal Flatts, Jay DeMarcus, and Gary LeVox, (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Blake Shelton, left, and Miranda Lambert pose backstage with their awards for male vocalist of the year, album of the year and female vocalist of the year at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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Miranda Lambert poses backstage with the award for female vocalist of the year at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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Kacey Musgraves poses backstage with the award for new artist of the year at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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Kacey Musgraves kisses her award for new artist of the year backstage at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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The Band Perry, from left, Neil, Kimberly and Reid Perry perform at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Duck Dynasty members, from left, Jase Robertson, Missy Robertson, Korie Robertson and Willie Robertson speak onstage at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Co-hosts Carrie Underwood, left, and Brad Paisley, speak at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Kenny Rogers, left, accepts the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. In background right is Jennifer Nettles. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Darius Rucker sings "The Gambler" at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. In background from second right are Kenny Rogers and Jennifer Nettles. Rogers was the recipient of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Alan Jackson, left, and George Strait, second from right, pay tribute to George Jones at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Florida Georgia Line's, Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard perform at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Kellie Pickler, left, and Sean "Diddy" Combs present the award for vocal group of the year at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Jennifer Nettles, right, stands in for Dolly Parton as she and Kenny Rogers sing "Islands in the Stream" at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Presenters Jake Owen, left, and Lucy Hale speak on stage at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Kimberly Perry, of The Band Perry, performs at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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The Band Perry, from front left, Neil, Kimberly and Reid Perry perform at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Kimberly Perry, of The Band Perry, performs at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Tim McGraw performs at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Charles Esten, left and Connie Britton present the award for female vocalist of the year at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Justin Timberlake, seen on screen, congratulates Taylor Swift for winning the Pinnacle award at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Carrie Underwood performs at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Sisters Lennon Stella, left, and Maisy Stella perform at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Taylor Swift performs at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, of Florida Georgia Line, accept the award for vocal duo of the year at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Miranda Lambert, left, Brad Paisley, center, and Keith Urban appear onstage at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Eric Church performs at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Brad Paisley, left, and Carrie Underwood appear onstage at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, of Florida Georgia Line, accept the award for vocal duo of the year at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Vince Gill performs at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard performs at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Miranda Lambert performs at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Little Big Town , from left, Kimberly Schlapman, and Karen Fairchild perform at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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