Belmont University alumnus Brad Paisley (’95) was named Entertainer of the Year Wednesday night at the 2010 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, a show Paisley co-hosted with Carrie Underwood. In an emotional thank you speech, Paisley said, “My hero, Little Jimmy Dickens, has a saying, and that’s if you see a turtle on a fencepost, it had help getting up there. And I feel just like a turtle on a fencepost at this point.”
In addition, songwriting professor Tom Douglas won Song of the Year for his song, “The House That Built Me,” co-written with Allen Shamblin and recorded by Miranda Lambert. The song also won Music Video of the Year. Douglas, who teaches lyric writing, also co-wrote “Hello World,” the song performed on the broadcast by Lady Antebellum.
Also, Male Vocalist of the Year winner Blake Shelton won another trophy for his participation in Musical Event of the Year for his song “Hillbilly Bone,” which was recorded with Trace Adkins at Belmont’s Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios.