The 2016 Country Music Awards (CMA) aired last night on ABC. It was the 50th anniversary of the award show and it was definitely a night to remember. The show was held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville , TN and was hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.
The show’s opening had audience members in tears as a medley of classic country songs were featured. The audience was encouraged to sing along to “Forever and Ever, Amen” with Randy Travis gracing the stage. Travis had suffered a near-fatal stroke three years prior. There were also some funny moments such as the two host receiving a basket full of Donald Trump’s deplorable remarks. Some magical moments of the night included Dolly Parton being serenaded before accepting the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. Several amazing performances occurred throughout the show. One of which was Beyoncé along with the Dixie Chicks. Beyoncé and The Dixie Chicks sang “Daddy Lessons” which is a country inspired song off Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” album. This performance was a major comeback for the Dixie Chicks. The group has been very low key for almost a decade due to Natalie Maines controversial comments regarding former president George W. Bush.
So, Who Were The Big Winners?
You can check out a complete list of all the nominees and winners below.
Entertainer of the year Garth Brooks (winner) Luke Bryan Chris Stapleton Carrie Underwood Keith Urban
Male vocalist of the year Dierks Bentley Eric Church Tim McGraw Chris Stapleton (winner) Keith Urban
Female vocalist of the year Kelsea Ballerini Miranda Lambert Maren Morris Kacey Musgraves Carrie Underwood (winner)
New artist of the year Kelsea Ballerini Old Dominion Maren Morris (winner) Brothers Osborne Cole Swindell
Album of the year Dierks Bentley, “Black” Eric Church, “Mr. Misunderstood” (winner) Maren Morris, “Hero” Keith Urban, “Ripcord” Carrie Underwood, “Storyteller”
Single of the year “Record Year,” Eric Church “Humble and Kind,” Tim McGraw “My Church,” Maren Morris “Die a Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett (winner) “Nobody to Blame,” Chris Stapleton
By Ronda Brooks