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The 50th annual CMA Awards were held tonight in Nashville, with Garth Brooks taking house the height prize of entertainment artist of the Year. Brooks, who went back to nation music in 2014 after a an extensive hiatus, beat the end last year’s winner Luke Bryan, chris Stapleton, Keith Urban and also Carrie Underwood.

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Underwood wasn’t close up door out, however. The singer was named Female Vocalist that the Year because that a 4th time, her an initial win in the category since 2008. Chris Stapleton repetitive in the masculine Vocalist race, transporting a humble and also heartfelt acceptance speech that nodded to everyone from Dolly Parton, who received the Willie Nelson Lifetime achievement Award, to wife Morgane Stapleton.

Right about last year’s CMA Awards, Eric Church surprise released his album Mr. Misunderstood. That document took home Album the the Year honors tonight, v Church performing that current solitary “Kill a Word” through vocalist Rhiannon Giddens.


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The solitary and tune of the Year winners to be both influenced by an individual experience. Cutting board Rhett wrote the single of the Year “Die a Happy Man” because that his wife, while Lori McKenna penned Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind,” the track of the Year champ, for she children.


While Brooks’ Entertainer victory was unexpected, the night’s biggest surprise come in the Vocal Duo that the Year race as rootsy sibling duo brothers Osborne edged the end three-time winners Florida Georgia Line. Brothers TJ and also John Osborne to be visibly emotional accepting the award, and when Little large Town welcomed their very own trophies because that Vocal team of the Year, Karen Fairchild expressed her amazement at the Osborne coup.

Maren Morris was also teary-eyed in ~ the podium. The “My Church” singer to be named brand-new Artist the the Year.

Dierks Bentley to be announced together the winner that Musical event of the Year along with Elle King in recognition of their duet “Different because that Girls” earlier in the day.Chris Stapleton’s “Fire Away” was called Music video of the Year.

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Here’s the finish winners list of the 50th CMA Awards.

Entertainer of the Year

Garth Brooks – WINNERLuke BryanChris StapletonCarrie UnderwoodKeith Urban

Album the the Year

Black – Dierks BentleyHero – Maren MorrisMr. Misunderstood – Eric Church – WINNERRipcord – Keith UrbanStoryteller – Carrie Underwood

Single that the Year

“Die a Happy Man” – cutting board Rhett – WINNER“Humble and Kind” – Tim McGraw“My Church” – Maren Morris“Nobody to Blame” – chris Stapleton“Record Year” – Eric ChurchSong that the Year

“Burning House”- Cam“Die a Happy Man” – cutting board Rhett“Humble and also Kind” – Tim McGraw – WINNER“My Church” – Maren Morris“Record Year” – Eric Church

Male Vocalist of the Year

Dierks BentleyEric ChurchTim McGrawChris Stapleton – WINNERKeith Urban

Female Vocalist the the Year

Kelsea BalleriniMiranda LambertMaren MorrisKacey MusgravesCarrie Underwood – WINNER

New Artist of the Year

Kelsea BalleriniBrothers OsborneMaren Morris – WINNEROld DominionCole Swindell

Vocal Duo the the Year

Brothers Osborne – WINNERDan + ShayFlorida Georgia LineJoey + RoryMaddie & Tae

Vocal team of the Year

Lady AntebellumLittle big Town – WINNEROld DominionRascal FlattsZac Brown Band

Music video clip of the Year


“Burning House” – Cam“Fire Away” – kris Stapleton – WINNER“Humble and also Kind” – Tim McGraw“Record Year” – Eric Church“Somewhere ~ above a Beach” – Dierks Bentley

Musical event of the Year

“Different for Girls” – Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King – WINNER“Home Alone Tonight” – Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild“The Fighter” – Keith metropolitan (featuring Carrie Underwood)“Think that You” – chris Young (duet through Cassadee Pope)“You space My Sunshine” – Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton

Musician of the Year

Jerry Douglas (Dobro/Lap stole Guitar)Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)Dann Huff (Guitar) – WINNERBrent Mason (Guitar)Derek Wells (Guitar)