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49th Annual CMA Awards

49th Annual CMA Awards – Winners List + Recap

It was country music’s night of the year last night at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, and the stars of the genre were out in force on the red carpet. With plenty of bright colours as well as all-black suits, the women were decked out in feminine accents such as lace and sparkles, and many of them opted for low-cut.

Fast forward to the show itself, and collaborations were the order of the night, with Hank Williams Jr partnering with Eric Church, Keith Urban joining with John Mellencamp, Thomas Rhett rocking out with Fall Out Boy, Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake wooing the crowd. Their duet has been hailed as one of the best collaborations ever on an awards show.

Finally Reba and Brooks & Dunn giving us a throwback to the 90s. Solo performances were a big deal too, with highlights coming from Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood and Dierks Bentley, while Eric Church performed the title track from his surprise new album ‘Mr. Misunderstood’.
And Chris Stapleton was the surprise winner of the night, picking up three trophies for Male Vocalist, Album (‘Traveller’) and New Artist of the Year.


Little Big Town also won two, for Vocal Group and Single (‘Girl Crush’), while songwriters Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose were honoured for LBT’s monster hit in Song of the Year. You can check out the full list of winners below.

Winners of “The 49th Annual CMA Awards”:

Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan

Album of the Year
Traveller, Chris Stapleton
Produced by Dave Cobb and Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist of the Year
Chris Stapleton

Song of the Year
“Girl Crush,” by Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, and Liz Rose

Single of the Year
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town

Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town

Vocal Duo of the Year
Florida Georgia Line

New Artist of the Year
Chris Stapleton

Music Event of the Year
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban featuring Eric Church

Music Video of the Year
“Girl In A Country Song,” Maddie & Tae (directed by TK McKamy)

Musician of the Year
Mac McAnally


Annette Gibbons
Hi, I’m Annette, I have been a huge country music fan since the early 90s those were the days we were lucky enough to have CMT in the UK. I enjoy nothing more than listening to country music whilst having a cold beer (or a moonshine) with friends. I try to as many gigs as I can here in the UK and in the USA; I think of Nashville as my second home and I am lucky to have made some amazing friends in Tennessee. Think Country is something I am very proud of, I just want to share my love and passion of all things country music related with you all.
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