Lambert, who leads all nominees with nine nods on the success of her acclaimed album “Platinum,” picked up the album of the year award as well as single of the year for her wistful hit, “Automatic.”
The Texan, who will vie for her fifth consecutive female vocalist of the year award, also shared the musical event of the year award with Aussie singer Keith Urban for “We Were Us.”
Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow” won the songwriters’ award song of the year. She shared the award with fellow songwriters Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally.
Noted for its gay-friendly message and references to marijuana, “Follow Your Arrow” is a thematic outlier in the conservative-leaning country music world.
The audience applauded a playful reference to the Republican Party’s takeover of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.
“This award means so much because our genre was built on strong, simple songs about real life,” said Musgraves, 26. “The fans and people who connected with it took it farther than I thought it ever could go.”