More CMA Awards Highlights from Sounds Like Nashville

Garth Brooks Claims Entertainer of the Year Trophy at 50th Annual CMA Awards

 KELLY BRICKEY • NOVEMBER 2, 2016 - 10:42 PM

It’s official – Garth Brooks is the 50th annual CMA Awards’ Entertainer of the Year!

Presented by two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year and former country superstar Taylor Swift, Brooks took home the title tonight as the awards aired live on ABC from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. He has had a stellar year with his wildly-successful The Garth Brooks Tour with Trisha Yearwood, in which he lovingly thanked for being “the coolest tour mate.”

“I want to thank God for this. I want to thank the CMAs. Very, very sweet. Thank you for a wonderful run. I can’t do it without the people, you gotta treat the people. Thank you so much for showing up to this tour,” they said. “We are so damn lucky to be a part of this thing called country music.”

This marks Brooks’ fifth career CMA Entertainer of the Year win.

Brooks beat out fellow nominees Luke BryanCarrie UnderwoodChris Stapletonand Keith Urban for the night’s top honor.

The 50th Annual CMA Awards are hosted by Underwood and Brad Paisley. See everything that went down during tonight’s show HERE.

Dolly Parton Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards


The 50th Annual CMA Awards laid out their best to honor country music living legend, Dolly Parton, by presenting her with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Dolly Parton is country music, pure and simple,” Parton’s friend Lily Tomlin said of the Country Music Hall of Famer. “Dolly helped build Nashville… Dolly really is a force of nature and one of the greatest artists in the history of country music.”

Jennifer Nettles, joined by Penatonix, performed an a cappella rendition of “Jolene,” followed by Reba gracing the stage with “9 to 5.” Kacey Musgraves honored her idol with “Here You Come Again,” before Martina McBrideCarrie Underwood, Nettles and Reba united with her on stage for a heart-tugging performance of “I Will Always Love You.”

“Thanks to all of these beautiful girlfriends of mine and congratulations to all the winners tonight. Wow what a tribute wow this was so touching. I would have cried but I didn’t want to mess up my eyelashes,” the queen of country said to the adoring crowd. “This is such a great compliment it’s a wonderful wonderful night for me. Thank you for all of that and of course now for me to be receiving the Willie Nelson award this is an absolute ‘high’ for me. They tell me to hurry it up because they’re behind, but we’re talking about a lifetime here. I had a big speech but they won’t let me give it. Thank you so much for this wonderful award.”

Parton is the fourth recipient of the honor, following Johnny CashKenny Rogersand Willie Nelson, himself.

Beyoncé and Dixie Chicks Fire Up CMA Awards with Epic Collaboration

 KELLY BRICKEY • NOVEMBER 2, 2016 - 10:27 PM

Beyoncé knows how to slay all day and did so alongside famed country trio Dixie Chicks during a performance of “Daddy Lessons” from Beyoncé’s album, Lemonade and “Long Time Gone” from the trio’s Home album.

Putting together the Southern sounds of the Chicks with Queen Bey’s R&B vocal stylings, the collaboration was an unexpected one that everyone never knew they needed in their life. With the Dixie Chicks dressed in all black ensembles and Beyoncé sporting a whimsical sheer silver number, they mashed up the two girl power songs to prove how strong they are as female artists in their respective genres.

It was announced earlier that Beyoncé would be attending the historic country music awards show, and it’s no surprise of why she sang with the trio as they have been covering her songs for quite some time during their shows out on the road.

The 50th anniversary of the CMA Awards has hosted a number of incredible collaboration performances like Alan Jackson and George StraitCarrie Underwood with Brad Paisley and Randy Travis and many more.

Check out the killer performance above and stay tuned for more news about the 50th Annual CMA Awards by clicking HERE.

Chris Stapleton Takes Home Trophy for CMA Male Vocalist of the Year

 KELLY BRICKEY • NOVEMBER 2, 2016 - 10:23 PM


Chris Stapleton; Photo courtesy Country Music Association

It’s a huge win for Chris Stapleton as he is taking home the trophy for the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year for the second time.

Stapleton has been reigning over the country music genre with his authentic raspy voice, which became a big hit on his smash record, Traveller.

“Well, if Dolly was still back there, I would give her my time. But tonight, I’ve gotten to be a fan so much tonight and what a wonderful night and what a wonderful show they put together. I’ve cried just watching everybody and the music I grew up on. I want to thank everybody and it means so much to get to be a part of country music. Country music, these are the best people in the world. All of the fans and all of the people that make it too, they are wonderful people. I want them all to know that,” said Stapleton graciously.

Stapleton beat out Dierks BentleyEric ChurchTim McGraw and Keith Urban for the title.

The 50th Annual CMA Awards are hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. See everything that went down during tonight’s show HERE.

Carrie Underwood Takes Home CMA Award for Female Vocalist of the Year



Carrie Underwood’s night is being made with a win for Female Vocalist of the Year at the 50th Annual CMA Awards.

Underwood is rocking her music career with the recent release of her current album, Storyteller, and her sell-out arena tour.

“Glory to God, thank you Jesus. Too many people to thank. My family, Mike, I love you. Isaiah, you are my heart,” Underwood said. “I can’t believe that I’m standing in front of some of the most incredible legends that have ever been a part of country music. You guys are amazing. I’ve just become suddenly stupid.  I just love you all. God bless you, guys.”

This marks Underwood’s sixth career CMA Award and her first win in the category since 2008.

Other Female Vocalist of the Year nominees included Kelsea BalleriniMiranda LambertMaren Morris, and Kacey Musgraves.

The 50th Annual CMA Awards are hosted by Underwood and Brad Paisley. See everything that went down during tonight’s show HERE.

George Strait holds the record for most CMA Award wins in the event's 50-year history, with a total of 23 trophies. In the 50th and final "CMA Awards 50/50," he talks about those honors, and the one that meant the most.
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Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley Bring the Laughs During CMA Awards Open Monologue


Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood; Photo courtesy Country Music Association

After a groundbreaking performance to start off the 50th Annual CMA Awards that filled with stars from the past and present, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwoodhad big shoes to fill to keep the entertainment going with their opening monologue.

We’d say they did.

They had their fun commenting on events via song from the past year including Willie Nelson’s pot venture, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s tour announcement and of course the election. They stayed un-bias and teased both parties’ candidates using direct quotes from the political season including “nasty woman” and “basket of deplorables,” complete with props.

The biggest laugh might have came when they plugged ABC’s “Designated Survivor” and joked that Billy Ray Cyrus would have to represent country music if anything were to happen at the awards show.

Kenny Chesney Accepts Pinnacle Award at 50th Annual CMA Awards


Photo courtesy Country Music Association

Kenny Chesney has been an entertainer for over two decades. Along the way he has sold out stadiums across the country, earned 29 No. 1 singles, won Entertainer of the Year several times, along with more accomplishments that make him a staple in the country music world.

All of these achievements make him more than deserving of winning CMA’s Pinnacle award, only the third time this honor has been given (to Garth Brooks in 2005 and Taylor Swift in 2013).

“The Pinnacle Award was created to recognize those rare artists who have made country music a more powerful global force forever impacting in a big and positive way this music we all love,” Chesney’s good friend Peyton Manning said, welcoming him on stage to accept his award. “Tonight it rightly goes to a performer who by any standard has taken country music to the pinnacle, my friend, Kenny Chesney.” 

Chesney was emotional upon taking the stage, thanking those who came before him, his team that have taken him to new levels and his fans that allow him to do what he loves.

“Standing up here in this spot tonight looking out at a lot of friends and a lot of heroes that have touched my life in so many ways. They took a kid from East Tennessee, your music, your songs took a kid from East Tennessee and showed me it was possible,” he addressed the crowd. “Thanks for loving the music, thanks for giving me an amazing life.”

Little Big Town Wins CMA Vocal Group of the Year


Little Big Town is in great spirits as they just won the CMA Award for Vocal Group of the Year!

The group has had such an awesome year in their career opening for Luke Bryan on his Kill the Lights Tour, releasing the first single, “Better Man,” off their forthcoming album, The Breaker, and receiving the award is just icing on the cake.

“We sat at home and watched so many of you on our tv’s as kids. We idolized you and so wanted to be here, thank you Jesus,” gushed Kimberly Schlapman.

“I remember watching Barbra Mandrell win Entertainer of the Year and I was like, ‘Oh my God dang a chick just won Entertainer of the Year,” Karen Fairchild added. “We love you country music.”

This marks LBT’s fifth consecutive win in this category.

Other groups nominated for the CMA Vocal Group of the Year included Lady AntebellumOld DominionRascal Flatts and Zac Brown Band.

Brothers Osborne Takes Prize for CMA Vocal Duo of the Year


Congratulations to Brothers Osborne as they are the winners of the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Award at the 50th Annual CMA Awards!

Brothers Osborne react to winning their first CMA Award: Watch as the Grammy-nominated duo talk about taking home the coveted accolade, a surprise they were not prepared for, during the 50th Annual CMA Awards. Pick up the duo's debut album "Pawn Shop" on iTunes here: ---- Subscribe Today!

The pair just finished an incredible year in their career with the release of their album, Pawn Shop, as well as their hit singles, “21 Summer” and “Stay a Little Longer,” and they get to celebrate in style with the acceptance of their first-ever Vocal Duo of the Year award.

“Aw, man. I hate to be that person that says, ‘I didn’t prepare a speech,’ because I honestly didn’t. We sat behind Florida Georgia Line and I thought for sure, I would congratulate them tonight. I’m trying not to cry. This is amazing. Honestly, I feel so grateful to be here tonight, to be nominated here at the 50th anniversary  of the CMAs. This is unreal,” TJ Osborne said happily.

Even John Osborne thanked his wife and screamed with pure joy.

The other duos nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year included Dan + ShayFlorida Georgia LineJoey + Rory and Maddie & Tae.

The 50th Annual CMA Awards are hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. See everything that went down during tonight’s show HERE.

Maren Morris Named CMA New Artist of the Year


It’s been a big year for Maren Morris and even bigger now as she is the winner of the CMA Award for New Artist of the Year!

Maren Morris won her very first CMA Award with New Artist of the Year: Watch as the "My Church" singer reacts backstage at the 50th Annual CMA Awards to her big win. Morris was named New Artist of the Year, an award stars like Brad Paisley and Brett Eldredge have previously won.

Morris has exploded into the country music format with their huge year of accomplishments, including the release of her well-received debut album, Hero. This accolade goes to an artist making a breakthrough in the genre and bringing a new voice to the game in country music.

“Y’all, I can’t win this award after performing. I’m gonna fall apart! Okay, I’m sorry. So this is so crazy, so crazy. I have amazing seats tonight. This is incredible. So last year, I sat across the street at a bar and watched the show. I never thought as a songwriter I’d be standing here today. Thank y’all so much for voting for me. My songwriting community in Nashville, you gave me the courage to do this. Thank you,” Morris said emotionally while accepting the award.

Other artists nominated within the category were Kelsea BalleriniBrothers OsborneOld Dominion and Cole Swindell.


Eric Church’s ‘Mr. Misunderstood’ Wins CMA Album of the Year


n one of the fiercest categories of the night, Eric Church has claimed the title of Album of the Year for his project, Mr. Misunderstood.

Eric Church took home the award for CMA Album of the Year: Watch as Church talks about winning with his album Mr. Misunderstood at the 50th Annual CMA Awards. Church released the surprise album during the CMA Awards in 2015. ---- Subscribe Today! Visit Our Website! Follow Us!

Mr. Misunderstood was released during last year’s CMA Awards show and features several hits, including “Record Year,” “Mr. Misunderstood” and his current single, “Kill a Word.”

“Not sure what’s better, winning the award or Faith Hill fixing my tie,” Church joked upon receiving his prize. “I think it’s Faith Hill fixing my tie. But I just wanted to say we started this a year ago, we surprised everybody with this album on this stage and we trusted the fans and we gave it to the fans first. It’s because of the fans that this happened and I love you and I thank you.”

Fellow nominees in the category include Dierks Bentley’s BlackMaren Morris’ HeroKeith Urban’s Ripcord and Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller.

The 50th Annual CMA Awards are hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. See everything that went down during tonight’s show HERE.

Thomas Rhett’s ‘Die A Happy Man’ Named CMA Single of the Year



Congratulations to Thomas Rhett for his Single of the Year Award win at the 50th annual CMA Awards! Rhett won for his smash-hit, “Die a Happy Man,” from his latest album, Tangled Up.

Thomas Rhett claimed the CMA Award for Single of the Year: Watch as Rhett reacts backstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards over his win for Single of the Year with "Die A Happy Man" from his Tangled Up album. The song is a tribute he wrote to his wife, Lauren.

The award for Single of the Year is presented to the Artist, Producer(s), and Mix Engineer(s).

“I gotta thank these dudes behind me right here. They made it all happen. I gotta first thank the Lord for making all this happen for us, for opening the doors for me and making me sing in the first place. My lovely wife in the blue dress right there. She was the full inspiration for this song and I’m still trying to get over the opening of this show. Me and Garth were crying together. It was a very intimate moment. Thank you so much to the CMAs, to country radio and all my amazing fans, my record label and my management. This is…God, this is a dream come true. This is gonna go in a special place. Thank you guys so much. Cheers,” Rhett said while accepting his trophy.

Other nominees in the Single of the Year category included Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind,” Maren Morris’ “My Church,” Chris Stapleton’s “Nobody To Blame,” and Eric Church’s “Record Year.”