Country Music Harmonizes at CMA Awards
Last night’s 51st Annual CMA Awards was one that will be difficult to top but easy to remember. Hosting for the 10th consecutive year, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood offered witty jokes and seamless transitions, not to mention all those wardrobe changes (looking at you, Carrie!).
More importantly, throughout the event, the CMA Awards carried one common theme: the country music industry stands united, together, as one. And not one thing will bring them down.
“This has been a year marked by tragedy impacting countless lives, including so many in our country music family,” Underwood said. “So tonight, we’re gonna do what families do — come together, pray together, cry together and sing together, too.”
The evening’s opening heartfelt performance included some of country music’s biggest superstars, beginning with Eric Church, Darius Rucker, Keith Urban, and Lady Antebellum. The stars harmonized lyrics from Hootie & the Blowfish’s hit “Hold My Hand.”
Before the opening number came to an end, a choir of Country Superstars joined the performance, including Ronnie Dunn, Reba McEntire, Little Big Town, Kelsea Ballerini, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan, Faith Hill and Garth Brooks.
The CMA Awards show was littered with phenomenal performances, including those from Country Fest 2017 performers Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Dan + Shay, and Chris Stapleton.
Stapleton walked away from the evening with two awards, including Album of the Year with From A Room: Volume 1 (Produced by Dave Cobb & Stapleton) and Male Vocalist of the Year. Stapleton also was up for nomination for Performer of the Year, which was won by Garth Brooks.
During the CMA Awards show, Stapleton performed his single “Broken Halos” on an acoustic guitar to a standing ovation.
In an interview following the CMA Awards, Stapleton said it wasn’t much of a discussion when deciding which song to perform at the award show.
“When some of the events that happened this year happened … there was really only one song on my mind that we were gonna play, and it was that one. I felt like … in light of what kind of a tragic year we’ve had, that was the only thing that we could play and felt like playing.”
It was announced during Good Morning America that Brothers Osborne had won the category of Music Video of the Year with the song “It Ain’t My Fault.”
The catchy hit had thousands of country music artists and fans on their feet as brothers John and T.J. performed last night.
Brothers Osborne also received the award for Vocal Duo of the Year at last night’s CMA Awards, beating out fellow 2017 Country Fest performers Dan + Shay. Other nominees included Florida Georgia Line, LOCASH, and Maddie & Tae.
51st Annual CMA Awards Nominees and Winners
Winners listed in bold
Entertainer of the Year: Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban
Single of the Year: “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban; “Better Man,” Little Big Town; “Body Like A Back Road,” Sam Hunt; “Dirt On My Booth,” Jon Pardi; “Tin Man,” Miranda Lambert
Album of the Year: From A Room: Volume 1, Chris Stapleton; The Breaker, ittle Big Town; Heart Break, Lady Antebellum; The Nashville Sound, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit; The Weight Of These Wings, Miranda Lambert
Song of the Year: “Better Man,” Taylor Swift; “Tin Man,” Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall; “Dirt On My Boots,” Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley; “Body Like A Back Road,” Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne; “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris, Carrie Underwood
Male Vocalist of the Year: Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Old Dominion, Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band
Vocal Duo of the Year: Brothers Osborne, Maddie & Tae, LOCASH, Florida Georgia Line, Dan + Shay
Musical Event of the Year: “Funny How Time Slips Away,” Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson; “Speak to a Girl,” Tim McGraw & Faith Hill; “Setting the World on Fire,” Kenny Chesney (with P!nk); “Kill A Word,” Eric Church featuring Rhiannon Giddens; “Craving You,” Thomas Rhett (feat. Maren Morris)
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally, Guitar; Jerry Douglas, Dobro; Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar; Dan Huff, Guitar; Derek Wells, Guitar
Music Video of the Year: “It Ain’t My Fault,” Brothers Osborne; “Vice,” Miranda Lambert; “Craving You,” Thomas Rhett (feat. Maren Morris); “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban; “Better Man,” Little Big Town
New Artist of the Year: Jon Pardi, Brett Young, Old Dominion, Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs