The 2016 CMA Awards took place last night in Nashville, giving top prize of Entertainer of the Year to veteran Garth Brooks.


The 50th Annual CMAs was full of incredible performances by many of the winners and nominees of the night. The show opened with Kelsea Ballerini singing “Peter Pan.'” That was followed by performances by Jason Aldean and Brookes & Dunn, Dierks Bentley and Elle King, and Maren Morris. Couple Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood did a romantic duet medley together and awed the crowd. Group Little Big Town came out and performed their single “Better Man,” which was written by Taylor Swift. Other performers included Carrie UnderwoodMiranda LambertAlan Jackson, and George Strait. Even Beyoncé joined the party, performing “Daddy Lessons” with the Dixie Chicks.

Of course Thomas Rhett sang his award winning hit “Die A Happy Man.”

Near the end of the show, Kacey MusgravesReba McEntire and Jennifer Nettles performed a stunning Dolly Parton tribute. The show wrapped up with a rendition of Tina Turner’s showstopper “I Will Always Love You” performed by Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood.


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See the full list of winners below.

Entertainer of the Year
Garth Brooks

Male Vocalist
Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist
Carrie Underwood

Vocal Group
Little Big Town

Vocal Duo
Brothers Osborne

Mr. Misunderstood
Eric Church
Produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora Jr.

New Artist
Maren Morris

Song of the Year
“Humble and Kind”
Lori McKenna

Single of the Year
“Die a Happy Man”
Thomas Rhett
Produced by Dann Huff and Jesse Frasure
Mix Engineered by Justin Niebank

Dann Huff (guitar)

Musical Event
“Different for Girls”
Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King

Music Video
“Fire Away”
Chris Stapleton
Director: Tim Mattia

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