Last night’s (Wednesday, November 14th) 52nd annual Country Music Awards celebrated music, but it also aimed to lift America’s sagging spirits in the wake of the recent Thousand Oaks shooting and devastating, fatal California wildfires still raging.
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley hosted the event, held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, for the 11th year in a row. The party got started live on ABC at 7 p.m. CST, with the pregnant Underwood doing triple duty as host and performer … and holding the biggest gender reveal party ever. (Spoiler alert: IT’S A BOY!)
Going into the evening, Chris Stapleton led the field with five nominations, and he landed three (Single, Vocalist, Song). The other big winners of the evening included Underwood for Female Vocalist, Old Dominion for Vocal Group and Keith Urban for Entertainer of the Year.
Song of the Year: “Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton
New Artist of the Year: Luke Combs
Single of the Year: “Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton
Vocal Group of the Year: Old Dominion
Album of the Year: Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves
Musician of the Year: Matt McAnally
Vocal Duo of the Year: Brothers Osborne
Musical Event of the Year: “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” Kenny Chesney and David Lee Murphy
Male Vocalist of the Year: Chris Stapleton
Female Vocalist of the Year: Carrie Underwood
Entertainer of the Year: Keith Urban