Best Class Act: Carrie Underwood
Stop the presses: The best female vocalist in country music actually won the award for Female Vocalist of the Year. She'd never say it, of course, but Carrie Underwood has been getting the shaft at awards shows for years, often getting overlooked in favor of Miranda Lambert and her irresistibly sassy ways. That's not to knock Lambert's talent — she's earned every one of her awards — but it was nice to see Underwood get the win. She then proceeded to show exactly how deserving of the honor she was, testifying like a one-woman choir on her new single "Church Bells." But as soon as she slipped back down to earth, Underwood focused again on the heavens, offering a heartfelt shout-out to Isley Thibodeaux, a 10-year-old fan who was killed in a car accident returning home from one of the singer's recent concerts. Talk about knowing what really matters in life.