Keith Urban awarded evening’s greatest accolade
Chris Stapleton reveled in a celebratory evening in Nashville as he took house three wins at The 52nd Annual CMA Awards, whereas Keith Urban warmed hearts together with his gracious acceptance the coveted Entertainer the Year trophy. Country Music’s Biggest Night was hosted for the 11th consecutive 12 months by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and aired stay from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, November 14th on the ABC Television Network.
Garth Brooks started the evening with a touching tribute to these affected by the Thousand Oaks tragedy, saying, “Tonight’s present is lovingly devoted to the 12 people whom we misplaced far too quickly only a week in the past tonight on the Borderline Bar & Grill] in Thousand Oaks, CA. Tonight let’s rejoice their lives, let the music unite us with love of their enduring reminiscence, so please, be part of me now in a second silence.”
Luke Bryan opened the CMA Awards, performing “What Makes You Country,” and welcomed newcomers Luke Combs, Lindsay Ell, Chris Janson, Ashley McBryde, Jon Pardi and Cole Swindell. Ell shredded throughout her guitar solo, Janson rocked on the harmonica, and Combs, McBryde, Pardi and Swindell joined in on vocals earlier than all seven artists united middle stage to shut out the primary efficiency the evening.
Paisley and Underwood took their internet hosting to a brand new stage, spoing A Star is Born, singing “Look Carrie, a star is bored” as Underwood yawned and added “which one, Brad?” They continued, “Well, Keith simply nodded f on Nicole’s shoulder. Shh don’t wake Chris Stapleton, he simply began loud night breathing within the entrance row. Hey fast document it, it’s going No. 1.”
Paisley then reminisced about #BradBlewIt, the trending subject in 2016 the place he let the gender Underwood’s child slip. He equally tried the identical stunt this 12 months by asking her rapid-fire woman or boy questions, engaging her to share, to which she lastly stated, “Willie, it’s a Willie,” earlier than Paisley took out his cellphone to unfold #CarrieBlewIt, “trending worldwide,” he added.
Paisley then welcomed Underwood’s “first born” to the stage as a pleasant shock, however as a substitute Mason Ramsey appeared to sing a parody the yodel that went viral. Underwood interrupted their singing, “I want to say, this isn’t my son.”
Stapleton and Mike Henderson accepted the Song the Year award for “Broken Halos” as Stapleton stated, “I didn’t count on this one…I wrote this one with one my expensive associates and heroes.” He then thanked his spouse, household, and fortunate stars that he will get to stay in Nashville the place “all this cool stuff occurs.”
Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert took the stage for a heartfelt efficiency “Drowns The Whiskey.”
A shocked and emotional Combs accepted the New Artist the Year award, thanking his mother, dad, girlfriend, and street household, ending with, “God, I like nation music, man.”
Thomas Rhett took viewers by means of “Life Changes” as he moved from the stage to the viewers earlier than all the Ravenwood High School Marching Band from Williamson County, TN made their option to the stage. They have been then joined by Thomas Rhett for the grand finale as he jammed on one the coed’s drums whereas sparks showered the stage.
Dan + Shay took us on a journey love, heartbreak and second possibilities throughout their efficiency. They had everybody elevating a glass “Tequila” as snow fell to the stage earlier than the piano lit up for the ultimate verse.
Stapleton took the stage once more to simply accept his second win the evening for Single the Year with producers Dave Cobb and blend engineer Vance Powell, for “Broken Halos” and stated, “We wrote this track about those who have gone on lengthy earlier than their time…and I wish to be eager about the folks out in California proper now as we’re accepting this award and wish to dedicate this to them.”
Lauren Alaina gave us “A Lesson in Leavin’” as she acknowledged nation music legend Dottie West from the center the viewers, recognizing West’s latest induction into The Country Music Hall Fame.
Kelsea Ballerini satisfied everybody to neglect concerning the ex they “thought they’d miss” throughout her edgy efficiency “Miss Me More.”
Old Dominion introduced the motel vibes, glowing neon indicators and all, to the CMA Awards with their summer season smash “Hotel Key.”
Underwood reminded us that “Love Wins” throughout her highly effective, color-filled anthem. The Portara Ensemble from Middle Tennessee then made a shock look in the course of the efficiency, becoming a member of Underwood on stage for a commanding finale.
The shock on Old Dominion’s faces stated all of it as they made their option to the stage after profitable Vocal Group the Year for the primary time, ensuring to thank their followers, the songwriters, and all those that imagine in what they’re doing.
Brett Young had us begging for “Mercy” throughout his uncooked, emotion-filled efficiency. Casually sitting solo on a stool within the center the viewers, Young thanked followers for making this his fourth No. 1 track earlier than recognizing the CMA Broadcast Awards Radio Station the Year winners.
Country Music Hall Fame inductee Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder took viewers on a journey from one traditional track to a different, beginning with “Black Eyed Suzie” earlier than Urban and John Osborne made a shock look for “Highway 40 Blues.” Skaggs and band have been then joined by younger instrumentalists Sierra Hull on mandolin and Carson Peters on fiddle. Paisley joined on guitar and Marty Stuart on mandolin for “Country Boy.”
Midland made their CMA Awards debut, honoring songwriter Jerry Reed and Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds with a efficiency “East Bound and Down,” bringing their conventional nation vibes, dance strikes and personalities to the stage.
Kacey Musgraves was in awe as her newest launch Golden Hour was acknowledged as Album the Year with producers Ian Kitchuck and Daniel Tashian. She thanked her producers, administration, followers, and her household.
Underwood congratulated Mac McAnally, the Musician the Year winner, which was introduced on the pre-telecast reception.
Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha’s collaboration was “Meant To Be,” and their efficiency on the CMA Awards highlighted their record-breaking crossover and No. 1 single. Florida Georgia Line and Rexha, who made her CMA Awards debut this 12 months, have been joined by a 21-person orchestra, offering the viewers with a classical rendition their smash track.
Underwood and Paisley took a second in the course of the present to thank the firefighters and first responders who’re battling the wildfires in California, sending their ideas to all these affected.
New Artist the Year winner Combs shared a narrative about heartbreak throughout his efficiency “She Got The Best Me.”
Urban delivered an electrical efficiency “Never Comin Down” ten toes excessive above the stage with a silhouette his band and a rock guitar finale.
Brooks made the worldwide debut his new track “Stronger Than Me,” written about his spouse Trisha Yearwood, giving us a glimpse into their virtually 14-year marriage. As Brooks sang, the highlight shone on Yearwood, and he carried out on to her, a private second that followers skilled alongside the couple.
Brothers Osborne graciously accepted the award for Vocal Duo the Year joking, “We don’t know why we preserve profitable this…we thought this was going to Dan + Shay. And if we have been in Florida, there’d be a recount.”
Pistol Annies took again their independence throughout their rousing woman energy anthem “Got My Name Changed Back” as Lambert performed an “genuine washboard.”
Dierks Bentley and Brothers Osborne commanded the stage with a robust duet “Burning Man.”
Stapleton, alongside Maren Morris, Mavis Staples and Stuart, introduced pure soul to the stage throughout their medley Pops Staples’ “Friendship” and The Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There.”
Co-host Paisley’s tv debut his new track “Bucked Off” was full of rodeo cowboys, a fiddle solo, the all the time epic Paisley shredding on the guitar, and a nod to hero George Strait.
Stapleton accepted the award for Male Vocalist the Year saying, “I’m actually proud this award, and I’ve tried actually onerous to be an excellent singer” earlier than thanking his children who “put up with him being gone fairly a bit and never attending to be nearly as good a dad as I’d all the time prefer to be” earlier than telling them he loves them and thanking them for “sharing him with all these folks.”
Musgraves took the stage for “Slow Burn,” showcasing her easy vocals and poignant lyrics.
Eric Church closed out the CMA Awards with a high-energy, showstopping efficiency his hit single “Desperate Man.”
An emotional Underwood took the stage to simply accept the Female Vocalist the Year award, thanking her household, her Country Music household and persevering with, “Thank you God, I’ve been so blessed in my life.”
Urban, in full shock profitable Entertainer the Year, thanked his spouse Nicole Kidman and barely held again tears as he acknowledged everybody on his workforce.
Winners within the Musical Event the Year and Music Video the Year classes have been introduced Wednesday morning on Good Morning America stay from Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in Downtown Nashville. Chesney and Murphy took house the Musical Event the Year award for “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” whereas Thomas Rhett and TK McKamy have been awarded Music Video the Year for “Marry Me.”
The 52nd Annual CMA Awards is a manufacturing the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Gary Halvorson is the Director, and David Wild is the Head Writer.
- Entertainer the Year – Keith Urban
- Single the Year – “Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton
- Album the Year – Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
- Song the Year – “Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton
- Female Vocalist the Year – Carrie Underwood
- Male Vocalist the Year – Chris Stapleton
- Vocal Group the Year – Old Dominion
- Vocal Duo the Year – Brothers Osbourne
- Musical Event the Year – “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” – David Lee Murphy (with Kenny Chesney)
- Musician the Year – Mac McAllay – Guitar
- Music Video the Year – “Marry Me” – Thomas Rhett
- New Artist the Year – Luke Combs