CMA AWARDS: A Night of Firsts

Garth Brooks took home the biggest win Wednesday night at the 53rd Annual CMA Awards at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena with his seventh Entertainer of the Year trophy, but in typical Garth fashion, he used his acceptance speech to redirect attention to Reba McEntire, Kelsea Ballerini and Luke Combs.

Luke also won big, nabbing his first win in the Male Vocalist category and grabbing the trophy for Song of the Year with his “Beautiful Crazy” co-writers. Kacey Musgraves had her first win in the Female Vocalist category and picked up th eVideo of the Year trophy for “Rainbow.”

It was a big night for other first-timers. Dan and Shay bumped Brothers Osborne from their Vocal Duo reign, giving the “Speechless” singers their first win in that category. Maren Morris won her first Album of the Year trophy for Girl and Blake Shelton picked up his first win for Single of the Year for “God’s Country.”

Winners List:

  • Entertainer of the Year— Garth Brooks
  • Female Vocalist of the Year— Kacey Musgraves (first CMA Female Vocalist win)
  • Male Vocalist of the Year— Luke Combs (first CMA Male Vocalist win)
  • Album of the YearGirl by Maren Morris (first CMA Album win)
  • Vocal Group of the YearOld Dominion
  • Duo of the Year— Dan and Shay (first CMA Vocal Duo win)
  • New Artist of the Year— Ashley McBryde
  • Single of the Year— “God’s Country” by Blake Shelton (first CMA Single win)
  • Song of the Year— “Beautiful Crazy” written by Luke Combs,Wyatt Durette and Robert Williford
  • Music Video of the Year— “Rainbow” by Kacey Musgraves
  • Musical Event of the Year— “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Musician of the YearJenee Fleenor(first female to win the category)

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