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Blake Shelton was named entertainer of the year at the 2012 Country Music Association Awards in Nashville.

"The Voice" star won the award for the first time Thursday night, beating out previous winners Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift and fellow nominee Jason Aldean.

Photos: CMA Awards 2012

It was the third win of an emotional night and caps one of country's best career reboots.

The 36-year-old Oklahoma native had reached a stagnant point in his career, but started to climb again about three years ago with a series of hit singles, his marriage to fellow country star Miranda Lambert and his appearance in the spinning chair on "The Voice."

Shelton was one of the highlight performers atThe Country Fest event at Clay's Park Resort in Stark County on June 15.

Photos: The Country Fest 2012

(Above story by Associated Press)

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Here's a list of the winners provided by USA Today:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
WINNER: Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

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FEMALE VOCALIST

Kelly Clarkson
WINNER: Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

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MALE VOCALIST

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
WINNER: Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

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NEW ARTIST

Lee Brice
Brantley Gilbert
WINNER: Hunter Hayes
Love and Theft
Thompson Square

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VOCAL GROUP

Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
WINNER: Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

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VOCAL DUO

Big & Rich
Love and Theft
Sugarland
The Civil Wars
WINNER: Thompson Square

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SINGLE

Dirt Road Anthem, Jason Aldean
God Gave Me You, Blake Shelton
Home, Dierks Bentley
WINNER: Pontoon, Little Big Town
Springsteen, Eric Church

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ALBUM

WINNER: Chief, Eric Church
Four the Record, Miranda Lambert
Home, Dierks Bentley
Own the Night, Lady Antebellum,
tailgates & tanlines, Luke Bryan

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SONG (AWARD GOES TO SONGWRITERS)

Even If It Breaks Your Heart, performed by Eli Young Band
God Gave Me You, performed by Blake Shelton
Home, performed by Dierks Bentley
WINNER: Over You, performed by Miranda Lambert
Springsteen, performed by Eric Church

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MUSICAL EVENT

Dixie Highway, Alan Jackson featuring Zac Brown Band
WINNER: Feel Like a Rock Star, Kenny Chesney (duet with Tim McGraw)
Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, Willie Nelson with Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson
Safe & Sound, Taylor Swift featuring the Civil Wars
Stuck on You, Lionel Richie (with Darius Rucker)

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MUSIC VIDEO

Come Over, Kenny Chesney
Over You, Miranda Lambert
Pontoon, Little Big Town
WINNER: Red Solo Cup, Toby Keith
Springsteen, Eric Church

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MUSICIAN

Sam Bush
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Brent Mason
WINNER: Mac McAnally

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