Garth Brooks Wins Entertainer Of The Year At 2019 CMA Awards


The biggest stars in country music came out in Nashville on Wednesday night for the 2019 CMA Awards, which kicked off with an epic tribute to the women of country music.

Co-hosts Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton began with a performance of “Those Memories of You” (originally recorded by Parton with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt) that was followed by Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild doing “You’re Lookin’ at Country” (as Loretta Lynn looked on from the audience).

Crystal Gayle, Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire on stage with Canada's Terri Clark. Terry Wyatt/Getty Images

Country supergroup The Highwomen – Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires – then took the stage for Tammy Wynette’s “Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad.”

Next up was a medley of hits performed by Tanya Tucker (“Delta Dawn”), Gretchen Wilson (“Redneck Woman”), Crystal Gayle (“Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”), Canada’s Terri Clark (“Better Things to Do”) and Sara Evans (“Born to Fly”) that was topped off by Martina McBride joining in for “Independence Day.”

Lady Antebellum perform with Halsey. Terry Wyatt / Getty Images

Performers during the CMA Awards included Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Dan + Shay, Old Dominion, and Thomas Rhett. Kacey Musgraves with Willie Nelson did Kermit proud with a rendition of "Rainbow Connection."

The CMAs also got a dose of pop thanks to Halsey’s performance with Lady Antebellum and P!nk joining Chris Stapleton.

Garth Brooks picked up his seventh CMA Award for Entertainer of the Year. He used some of his time at the mic to praise the night's performances by McEntire and Ballerini.

The night’s other big winners included Maren Morris for Album of the Year (GIRL), Kacey Musgraves for Female Vocalist of the Year and Luke Combs for Male Vocalist  of the Year.

"I remember sitting on my parents' porch when I was a little kid watching Vince Gill come up here and win this same award," Combs said. "Country music means everything to me and this means everything to me and my family. This is a moment that I will never forget."

Luke Combs accepts Male Vocalist of the Year. Terry Wyatt / Getty Images

Dan + Shay won their first ever CMA Award for Vocal Duo of the Year.

Blake Shelton's "God's Country" was named Single of the Year. "I want to thank the songwriters … country radio, whoever votes on these things," Shelton said. "I have no idea how this thing works after 20 years of doing this."

Earlier in the day, the crossover hit “Old Town Road (Remix)” by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus won Musical Event of the Year and Kacey Musgraves won Video of the Year for her Golden Hour single “Rainbow.”

Ashley McBryde won New Artist of the Year. Leah Puttkammer / Getty Images

New Artist of the Year Ashley McBryde recalled performing at a tribute show for John Prine, who later told her "You’re real good. You’re no Reba, but you’re real good.” McBryde said: “I cherish little moments like that, that are truth and guidance from voices that we respect and admire. I’m thankful for that and for this, and for the opportunity to step up.”

During the CMA pre-show, fiddler Jenee Fleenor, the first woman to be nominated for Musician of the Year since the category was added in 1988, was named the winner. A member of Blake Shelton’s band, Fleenor started out playing gigs for artists like Martina McBride and Canada’s Terri Clark.

Check out the winners below:

Entertainer of the Year
Garth Brooks - WINNER
Eric Church
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban

Album of the Year
Center Point Road, Thomas Rhett
Cry Pretty, Carrie Underwood
Dan + Shay, Dan + Shay
Desperate Man, Eric Church
GIRL, Maren Morris - WINNER

Single of the Year
“Burning Man,” Dierks Bentley ft. Brothers Osborne
“Girl,” Maren Morris
“God’s Country,” Blake Shelton – WINNER
“Millionaire,” Chris Stapleton
“Speechless,” Dan + Shay

Song of the Year
"Beautiful Crazy,” Luke Combs, Wyatt Durrette II, Robert Williford – WINNER
“Girl,” Maren Morris, Sarah Aarons, Greg Kurstin
“God’s Country,” Devin Dawson, Jordan Schmidt, Michael Hardy
“Rainbow,” Natalie Hemby, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
“Tequila,” Dan Smyers, Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs - WINNER
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves - WINNER
Carrie Underwood

New Artist of the Year
Cody Johnson
Ashley McBryde – WINNER
Carly Pearce
Morgan Wallen

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay – WINNER
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Old Dominion - WINNER
Zac Brown Band

Music Video of the Year
“Burning Man,” Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne
“GIRL,” Maren Morris
“God’s Country,” Blake Shelton
“Rainbow,” Kacey Musgraves – WINNER
“Some of It,” Eric Church

Musical Event of the Year
“All My Favorite People,” Maren Morris ft. Brothers Osborne
“Brand New Man,” Brooks & Dunn with Luke Combs
“Dive Bar,” Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton
“Old Town Road (Remix),” Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus – WINNER
“What Happens in a Small Town,” Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell

Musician of the Year
Jenee Fleenor – WINNER
Paul Franklin
Mac McAnally
Ilya Toshinsky
Derek Wells