Special Report

Every Country Music Album of the Year Since 1967

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> Album: It Just Comes Natural
> Artist: George Strait

One decade after George Strait won Album of the Year for his “Carrying Your Love with Me,” the Texan won again for “It Just Comes Natural” — his 29th album. Other nominees were Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, and industry veteran Vince Gill. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA.

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> Album: Troubadour
> Artist: George Strait

George Strait received the top CMA album honors again with “Troubadour,” outpacing Carrie Underwood, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, and Kenny Chesney. Strait stays true to his Texas honky tonk roots on “Troubadour,” although the album is mellower than his earlier efforts. “Troubadour” is one of 27 No. 1 country albums for Strait and includes the tribute to Johnny Cash “House of Cash.”

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> Album: Fearless
> Artist: Taylor Swift

Then-18 year old Taylor Swift won in 2009 with her second album, “Fearless,” over albums from artists Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Sugarland, and Jamey Johnson. It was a big year for Swift at the CMA Awards, as she won a total of four awards, including Entertainer of the Year. She also performed her single “Fifteen” at the event. The album includes two No. 1 country hits: “Love Story” and “You Belong with Me.”

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> Album: Revolution
> Artist: Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert’s “Revolution” topped albums from Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, George Strait, and Dierks Bentley to win CMA Album of the Year. “Revolution” contained 15 songs and was a crossover success. The album was one of six of the artist’s No.1 country albums, and it contained rockers such as “Only Prettier,” the easy-listening “Airstream Song,” and “The House That Built Me,” which was one of five country No. 1’s for Lambert.

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> Album: My Kinda Party
> Artist: Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean found success with his fourth album, winning Album of the Year in 2011. The collection of rocking country tracks took home the honor over fellow country music superstar acts Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, and Zac Brown Band. Aldean also won the award for Musical Event of the Year for his performance of the ballad “Don’t You Wanna Stay” along with Kelly Clarkson.