Cindy Watts Nashville Tennessean Published 12:10 AM EST Nov 15, 2018 Keith Urban won his second Entertainer of the Year Award on Wednesday night at the 52nd CMA Awards, 13 years after he picked up his first trophy in the show's most prestigious category. "Baby girl, I Iove you so much," Urban said to his wife, Nicole Kidman. "I'm shocked beyond shocked. God, I thank you so much for the blessings of this. I wish my dad was alive to see this, but I think he's watching over me tonight." Earning a win in the category more than 10 years since the last is rare — only Garth Brooks and George Strait can say they’ve done it. But Urban’s 2017-2018 was undeniable. Urban's "Coming Home," a duet with Julia Michaels, launched his critically acclaimed album "Graffiti U" this spring, and he's spent the months since selling out arenas around the country. The night’s other top winners include Chris Stapleton, who — surprising even himself — won … [Read more...] about CMA Awards: Keith Urban upsets, Chris Stapleton steamrolls
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Chris Stapleton was the big winner but Carrie Underwood and her unborn baby stole the limelight at the Country Music Association (CMA) awards.A heavily pregnant Underwood, one of country music's biggest celebrities, chose the live televised show in Nashville on Wednesday to reveal for the first time that the second child she is expecting is a boy.Underwood, who co-hosted the show with singer Brad Paisley, won female vocalist of the year for the fifth time and brought the house down with an emotional performance of her single about bringing people together, Love Wins."Thank you God. I have been blessed with so much in my life," Underwood said.Stapleton won three awards - male vocalist of the year, single and song of the year for Broken Halos.But in a surprise result, he lost the night's biggest prize - entertainer of the year - to Keith Urban, the former American Idol judge and husband of actress Nicole Kidman."I am shocked beyond shocked," a tearful Urban said. "I feel very grateful … [Read more...] about Carrie Underwood steals show at CMA awards
Last Updated Nov 14, 2018 9:17 PM EST Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley hosted the 52nd Country Music Awards on Wednesday, live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Chris Stapleton had the most nominations, with five nods, and he won the night's first award for song of the year, "Broken Halos." Stapleton won again for the song with the award for single of the year. Onstage, he said they wrote the song "people who have gone long before their time and you know, I want to think about the people out in California right now and … dedicate [the award] to them." CMA Awards 2018: Winners, highlights and best moments - live updatesHere's the list of winners at the CMA Awards. Album of the year: "Golden Hour," Kacey MusgravesMusician of the year: Mac McAnallyGroup of the year: Old DominionSingle of the year: "Broken Halos," Chris StapletonNew artist of the year: Luke CombsSong of the year: "Broken Halos," Chris Stapleton … [Read more...] about CMA Awards 2018 list of winners
Cindy Watts Nashville Tennessean Published 7:27 AM EST Nov 14, 2018 Who will emerge the big winner on country music's biggest night? Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will co-host the 52nd CMA Awards for the 11th time at 8 p.m. EST Wednesday from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The show — with performances from Kenny Chesney, Dan + Shay, Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks, Pistol Annies, Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs, Chris Stapleton with Maren Morris and Mavis Staples, Kelsea Ballerini, Keith Urban and more — will air live on ABC. While the show is still days away, these are our predictions on which country singers will take home the trophies. Entertainer of the Year Who should win: Kenny Chensey or Luke Bryan This should be a race between Kenny Chesney and Luke Bryan. Both men sold out stadiums this year and had hits on country radio — Chesney with “Get Along” and “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” and Bryan … [Read more...] about CMA Awards: Chris Stapleton is most nominated, but will he win?
Cindy Watts Nashville Tennessean Published 3:36 p.m. UTC Aug 28, 2018 Given the continued popularity of Chris Stapleton, it’s no surprise that with five nominations he is leading nominee for the 52nd annual CMA Awards. Other top nominees include Dan + Shay who have three nods as a duo with the group’s Dan Smyers picking up an additional two for a total of five. Popular producer Dann Huff grabbed four mentions, and a host of artists heard their name called three times: Chris Janson, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Midland and Thomas Rhett. The 2018 roster of nominees is a mostly accurate representation of the current state of popular country music – with a few glaring exceptions. For new artists, the lack of inclusion likely means a missed opportunity to receive a performance slot on the widely-viewed CMA Awards. Trophies are nice and … [Read more...] about 2018 CMA snubs and surprises: Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Scotty McCreery