'The 50th Annual CMA Awards' Winners, Performance Rundown
November 3, 2016 at 8:21 AM (PT)
Last NIGHT (11/2), "THE 50TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS" celebrated the history of Country music while honoring some of TODAY's brightest stars. PEARL RECORDS artist GARTH BROOKS walked away with top honors, taking Entertainer Of The Year for the fifth time in his career, while MERCURY NASHVILLE's CHRIS STAPLETON and ARISTA NASHVILLE's CARRIE UNDERWOOD won for Male Vocalist Of The Year and Female Vocalist Of The Year, respectively, and CAPITOL NASHVILLE's LITTLE BIG TOWN scored their fifth consecutive award for Vocal Group Of The Year.
"I never thought I'd be able to come back," said BROOKS. "And when you come back, you never think you're going to get to hold one of these [CMA trophies] again. Awards are for younger artists, so the older you get, the more precious [they are]."
Special performances uniting past and present highlighted the evening's events, including a powerful opening medley featuring VINCE GILL, BEN HAGGARD, ROY CLARK, BRAD PAISLEY, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, CHARLIE DANIELS, DWIGHT YOAKAM, CHARLEY PRIDE, REBA, ALABAMA, RICKY SKAGGS, ALAN JACKSON, CLINT BLACK, and RANDY TRAVIS. BROOKS and TRISHA YEARWOOD performed their own medley of classic hits and duets mid-show, and later in the evening, STAPLETON and YOAKAM united for a performance of the WILLIE NELSON and RAY CHARLES duet, "Seven Spanish Angels." GEORGE STRAIT and JACKSON performed together, and BROOKS & DUNN were reunited and joined by JASON ALDEAN. Additionally, an all-star tribute to DOLLY PARTON featured PENTATONIX, JENNIFER NETTLES, UNDERWOOD, REBA, MARTINA MCBRIDE, and KACEY MUSGRAVES.
Other noted performances from current Country artists included appearances from MAREN MORRIS, ERIC CHURCH, DIERKS BENTLEY with ELLE KING, UNDERWOOD, KEITH URBAN, PAISLEY, KELSEA BALLERINI, LUKE BRYAN, TIM MCGRAW, MIRANDA LAMBERT, THOMAS RHETT, LITTLE BIG TOWN, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE featuring MCGRAW, and DIXIE CHICKS with BEYONCE.
The complete list of winners from "THE 50TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS" is as follows:
Entertainer Of The Year -- GARTH BROOKS
Male Vocalist Of The Year -- CHRIS STAPLETON
Female Vocalist Of The Year -- CARRIE UNDERWOOD
Album Of The Year -- ERIC CHURCH, "Mr. Misunderstood"
Single Of The Year -- THOMAS RHETT, "Die A Happy Man"
Song Of The Year -- "Humble And Kind"
Musical Event Of The Year -- DIERKS BENTLEY featuring ELLE KING, "Different For Girls"
Vocal Duo Of The Year -- BROTHERS OSBORNE
Vocal Group Of The Year -- LITTLE BIG TOWN
New Artist Of The Year -- MAREN MORRIS
Video Of The Year -- CHRIS STAPLETON, "Fire Away"
Musician Of The Year -- DANN HUFF
WILLIE NELSON Lifetime Achievement Award -- DOLLY PARTON
Pinnacle Award -- KENNY CHESNEY