NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - George Strait is the Country Music Association's entertainer of the year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) George Strait is the Country Music Association's entertainer of the year

The win Wednesday night was Strait's third for the CMA's top honor but his first since 1990. The 61-year-old Texan is retiring from the road and has been celebrated by his peers as he completes his The Cowboy Rides Away tour.

His win capped a night in which voters spread the love. Taylor Swift and Blake Shelton, each up for entertainer of the year, won two awards each.

Strait was already the CMA's most-nominated artist when he earned this year's nomination, his first in the category since 2009. The gap of 23 years between wins is a record in the entertainer category.