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CMA AWARDS: Here's What You Need to Know!

CMA AWARDS: Here's What You Need to Know

The CMA has revealed two category winners ahead of tonight's awards. 

Kenny Chesney and David Lee Murphy picked up Musical Event of the Year for their collaboration "Everything's Gonna Be Alright." And Thomas  Rhett won Video of the Year for his poignant clip for "Marry Me."

The rest of the awards will be given out tonight when the CMA Awards air live from Nashville on ABC at 7PM!! 

Did You Know:

  • This is Kenny's third CMA win in the category. 
  • David Lee is a first-time CMA winner.
  • This is Thomas Rhett's first win in the category.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host the 52nd annual CMA Awards tonight live from Nashville on ABC!

Performers include: Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean with Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley with Brothers Osborne, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Luke Combs, Dan and Shay, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line with Bebe Rexha, Midland, Kacey Musgraves, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Pistol Annies, Thomas Rhett, Ricky Skaggs, Chris Stapleton with Maren Morris and Mavis Staples, Carrie Undewood, Keith Urban and Brett Young.  

Presenters include: Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown, Dancing With the Stars pro Sharna Burgess, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride, Carly Pearce, Lionel Richie, Dennis Quaid and Trisha Yearwood.

Wanna play along with MY THOUGHTS on who I'd like to see win & who I think will actually win? 

I'll notate my guesses below with * for who I think WILL win and *** who I HOPE will win.

Lemme know your guesses/thoughts on instagram @DoubleLRadio :)

The nominees are:

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Kenny Chesney *

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban ***

Album of the Year

From A Room: Volume 2 - Chris Stapleton *

Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves

Graffiti U - Keith Urban

Life Changes -Thomas Rhett ***

The Mountain - Dierks Bentley

Single of the Year

"Broken Halos" - Chris Stapleton

"Drinkin' Problem" - Midland

"Drowns the Whiskey" - Jason Aldean f/ Miranda Lambert)

"Meant to Be" - Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line 

"Tequila" - Dan + Shay * / ***

Song of the Year (award goes to songwriter(s)) - this could go to ANYONE!!!!

“Body Like a Back Road” - Sam Hunt (Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

“Broken Halos” - Chris Stapleton (Songwriters: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton) *

“Drowns the Whiskey” - Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert (Songwriters: Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton, Josh Thompson)

“Drunk Girl” - Chris Janson (Songwriters: Scooter Carusoe, Tom Douglas, Chris Janson) ***

“Tequila” - Dan and Shay (Songwriters: Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers) ***

Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini

Miranda Lambert

Maren Morris ***

Kacey Musgraves

Carrie Underwood *

Male Vocalist of the Year

Dierks Bentley

Luke Combs ***

Thomas Rhett * / ***

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum


Little Big Town


Old Dominion * / ***

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brothers Osborne

Dan + Shay * / ***

Florida Georgia Line

Maddie and Tae


New Artist of the Year - this one is TOO HARD FOR ME! I want them ALL TO WIN!

Lauren Alaina

Luke Combs ***

Chris Janson


Brett Young *

Musical Event of the Year

“Burning Man” - Dierks Bentley Feat. Brothers Osborne

“Dear Hate” - Maren Morris (Feat. Vince Gill)

“Drowns the Whiskey” - Jason Aldean (Feat. Miranda Lambert)

“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” - David Lee Murphy (with Kenny Chesney) - ALREADY A WINNER!!!

“Meant to Be” - Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line

Music Video of the Year

“Babe” -Sugarland (Feat. Taylor Swift)

“Cry Pretty” - Carrie Underwood

“Drunk Girl” - Chris Janson

“Marry Me” - Thomas Rhett - ALREADY A WINNER!!

“Tequila” - Dan and Shay

Musician of the Year

Jerry Douglas, Dobro

Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar

Dann Huff, Guitar *

Mac McAnally, Guitar

Derek Wells, Guitar

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