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Are they the king and queen of country music? Or perhaps redneck Ken and Barbie? However you choose to categorize the pair, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are living the dream. The couple will finish out 2012 as the reigning CMA Awards Male and Female Vocalist winners (for the third consecutive year), and Blake as the new Entertainer of the Year. Blake and Miranda also shared the Song of the Year award for Miranda’s No. 1 single “Over You,” which they co-wrote about the tragic death of Blake’s brother.
Awards were plentiful for both all year—Blake nabbed the ACM Male Vocalist of the Year honor, while Miranda won ACM awards for Album of the Year (Four the Record) and Female Vocalist of the Year, plus Female Video of the Year (for “Over You”) at the CMT Music Awards. Blake’s high-profile judging spot on NBC’s reality singing competition The Voice has made him a household name, and the show’s third season is currently airing.
Miranda, meanwhile, started 2012 with two hot, critically lauded albums—her solo release Four the Record and the Pistol Annies project (with Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley) Hell on Heels. The “Fastest Girl in Town” singer also made her acting debut, starring in an episode of popular legal drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Near the end of 2012, Blake released his first-ever holiday album, Cheers, It’s Christmas, and starred in his own Not-So-Family Christmas Special on NBC with guests Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson and, yep, Miranda. Ain’t love grand?