With The 53rd Annual CMA Awards quickly approaching, we’re throwing it back a decade to the 43rd Annual CMA Awards.
Taking place at Nashville’s Sommet Center (now Bridgestone Arena) on November 11, the 2009 CMA Awards featured co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood hosting the show for the second consecutive year.
Taylor Swift was the star of the night, taking home several awards and performing twice during the live broadcast. This marked her first CMA Entertainer of the Year win (she went on to win the top honor again in 2011).
Other big winners of the night included Lady Antebellum, who won trophies for Single of the Year for “I Run To You” and Vocal Group of the Year. 2009 was Lady A’s first win in the category, dethroning Rascal Flatts’ long run as winners in the category.
Darius Rucker won his first and only CMA Award that night, while Brad Paisley was crowned Male Vocalist of the Year.
Here’s a look back at the 2009 CMA Awards in photos.
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood hosted the show for the second time.
Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline looked as happy as ever.
Eric Church, who is nearly unrecognizable without his aviators, attended a CMA Awards after-party on crutches.
Taylor Swift won so many trophies, she could barely hold them all.
Sugarland was all smiles after being crowned CMA Vocal Duo of the Year.
The members of Lady Antebellum looked like actual BABIES.
Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews shared the stage to perform “I’m Alive.”
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill looked pretty much the same.
Darius Rucker had the best reaction to his Best New Artist win.
Kellie Pickler had dark hair.
Little Jimmy Dickens was still around to make us laugh. (May he rest in peace)
Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman gazed lovingly at each other just as they do to this day.
The 53rd Annual CMA Awards, hosted by superstar Carrie Underwood with special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 8/7c on ABC.