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CMA Awards show celebrates the full circle of country music

The 53rd Annual CMA Awards show, Wednesday night (Nov. 13) put the spotlight on female artists, but also made sure to celebrate the full array of country music talent. The show made history as soon as it signed on, as three female acts – Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire – co-hosted the big night for the first time.

Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton host “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards.”
Photo Credit: John Russell/CMA





There were also memorable performances from legendary acts as well as newcomers, top male artists along with female hitmakers, plus a tribute to an iconic singer/songwriter. Naturally, the main function of the evening was to dole out the coveted awards, with Kacey Musgraves and young traditionalist Luke Combs the big winners.

The show kicked off with an all female collaboration that sparkled from start to finish. Past CMA winners like Crystal Gayle, Tanya Tucker and Martina McBride joined forces with Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman and others for a rousing medley of hits.

Other crowd-pleasing performances were turned in by some of country’s classic stars, who showed that they definitely still have the goods to get it done. Brooks & Dunn teamed with recent CMA winners Brothers Osborne for a fiery rendition of Brooks & Dunn’s “Hard Workin’ Man,” while McEntire belted out her hit “Fancy” with no loss of verve or sassiness. Kris Kristofferson, the recipient of the 2019 CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, did not perform, but was honored with an all-star collaboration of “Me and Bobby McGee,” featuring Dierks Bentley, Sheryl Crow, Chris Janson, John Osborne of Brothers Osborne and rock guitar wizard Joe Walsh. Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson got together for a gentle performance of “The Rainbow Connection.”

Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson perform “The Rainbow Connection.”
Photo credit: Don Jones, CMA

While female acts like Miranda Lambert and Kelsea Ballerini enjoyed their moments in the sun with solo performances, male artists also got their time to shine. Blake Shelton moved the crowd with his hit “God’s Country,” Keith Urban turned in a fine acoustic performance of “We Were” and a nattily attired Thomas Rhett delivered “Remember You Young.”

On the awards side, Garth Brooks picked up his seventh award for Entertainer of the Year, the night’s biggest prize. Luke Combs’ two wins came for Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year, “Beautiful Crazy.” Kacey Musgraves also took home two honors, Music Video of the Year for “Rainbow” and Female Vocalist of the Year.

Garth wins his 7th “Entertainer of the Year”
Photo credit: Donn Jones / CMA

Here is a complete list of the winners from the 53 rd Annual CMA Awards.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR 

Garth Brooks


SINGLE OF THE YEAR 
Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s), and Mix Engineer

“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton 
Producer: Scott Hendricks
Mix Engineer: Justin Niebank


ALBUM OF THE YEAR  
Award goes to Artist and Producers

GIRL – Maren Morris   
Producers: busbee, Maren Morris, Greg Kurstin

SONG OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Songwriters

“Beautiful Crazy” 
Songwriters: Luke Combs, Wyatt B. Durrette III, Robert Williford

Luke Combs takes home Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year for “Beautiful Crazy.” Photo credit John Russell /CMA

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 

Luke Combs


FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Kacey Musgraves
   


VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR 

Old Dominion


VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

Dan + Shay

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artists and Producer(s)

“Old Town Road (Remix)” – Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
Producers: YoungKio, Michael Trent Reznor, Atticus Matthew Ross

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR 

Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle


MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR 
Award goes to Artist(s) and Director

“Rainbow” – Kacey Musgraves
Director: Hannah Lux Davis

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

Ashley McBryde

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