George Strait wins CMA for Entertainer of the Year
Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton were also nominated.
Strait won the award in 1989 and 1990, and was last nominated in 2009.
On Monday, Strait was given the Founders Award at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Country Music Awards. ASCAP announced earlier this year they would be honoring the “King of Country Music” with the award.
“For me George is always going to be the guy who let me open up his shows when I was 17 and it was at that point in my life the biggest break I’d gotten as far as live touring because I got to be on the George Strait tour,” Taylor Swift said. “I learned so much from performing on an in-the-round stage and I think that he over the years has been so supportive, and I’ll get a text every now and then from him just sort of wishing me well. He’s just such a class act. He’s just such an incredible example of how to be a gracious, humble, well-respected human being.”
Luke Bryan said when he moved to Nashville, he wanted a career like Strait’s.
“A long career that starts here and it’s always been on George’s terms. And he’s always cut amazing songs and wonderful music and had a long career that you can tell looks like he’s always enjoyed it. And he’s always been happy.”