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.
Dolly Parton Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards
LAURA HOSTELLEY • NOVEMBER 2, 2016 - 10:41 PM
“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 McBride, Carrie 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.”
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 Strait, Carrie Underwood with Brad Paisley and Randy Travis and many more.
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.
Carrie Underwood Takes Home CMA Award for Female Vocalist of the Year
KELLY BRICKEY • NOVEMBER 2, 2016 - 9:57 PM
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.
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley Bring the Laughs During CMA Awards Open Monologue
LAURA HOSTELLEY • NOVEMBER 2, 2016 - 8:37 PM
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
LAURA HOSTELLEY • NOVEMBER 2, 2016 - 10:08 PM
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.
“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
KELLY BRICKEY • NOVEMBER 2, 2016 - 9:15 PM
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.
Brothers Osborne Takes Prize for CMA Vocal Duo of the Year
KELLY BRICKEY • NOVEMBER 2, 2016 - 9:02 PM
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.
Maren Morris Named CMA New Artist of the Year
KELLY BRICKEY • NOVEMBER 2, 2016 - 8:09 PM
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!
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.
Eric Church’s ‘Mr. Misunderstood’ Wins CMA Album of the Year
LAURA HOSTELLEY • NOVEMBER 2, 2016 - 8:29 PM
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.”
Thomas Rhett’s ‘Die A Happy Man’ Named CMA Single of the Year
KELLY BRICKEY • NOVEMBER 2, 2016 - 7:32 PM
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.
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.