Garth Brooks Wins Entertainer of the Year at Veteran Studded CMA Awards

by VVN Music

Garth Brooks topped off the evening at the 50th CMA Awards by returning to his former place of glory as Entertainer of the Year.

It has been a huge year for Brooks with his comeback tour playing arenas around the country and a brand new album (and big box set) about to hit stores. The singer "retired" in 2000 to help raise his children, playing only a Las Vegas residency until last year when he resumed touring. Garth was already a four time winner of the CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1991, 1992, 1997 and 1998. Adding this year's honor makes him the record holder for most wins in the category, passing Kenny Chesney.

The show was also a salute to the legacy of country music over the last half century. While numerous current stars performed their latest hits, there were also long stretches of classic music. The opening number was a medley of past hits by their original artists including Reba McEntire (Fancy), Charley Pride (Kiss an Angel Good Morning), Alan Jackson (Don't Rock the Jukebox) and Randy Travis, who is still recovering from his debilitating stroke (Forever and Ever, Amen). Also taking the stage were Vince Gill and the late Merle Haggard's son, Ben, for Mama Tried.

A Dolly Parton tribute during her Lifetime Achievement Award presentation also brought on a number of stars including another go for Reba (9 to 5), Kacey Musgraves (Here You Come Again), Jennifer Nettles and Pentatonix (Jolene) and Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride (I Will Always Love You).

The big surprise of the night (although it had been leaked to the press) was an appearance by Beyonce who sang with the even bigger surprise Dixie Chicks on Daddy Lessons from her Lemonade album.  While it seems a bit of an odd pairing, the Chicks have been covering the song on their latest tour.

Other veteran artists performing included Keith Urban (Blue Ain't Your Color), Brooks and Dunn with Jason Aldean (Brand New Man), Tim McGraw (Humble and Kind) who also sang with Florida Georgia Line (May We All), Alan Jackson and George Strait (Remember When), Dwight Yoakam and Chris Stapleton (Seven Spanish Angels) and Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood (great duos medley).

The actual awards, though, were still a salute to the younger generation besides Brooks and guitarist Dan Huff:
  • Entertainer of the Year - Garth Brooks
  • Male Vocalist - Chris Stapleton
  • Female Vocalist - Carrie Underwood
  • Vocal Group - Little Big Town
  • Duo - Brothers Osborne
  • Album - Mr. Misunderstood - Eric Church
  • New Artist - Maren Morris
  • Song - Humble and Kind - Lori McKenna
  • Single - Die a Happy Man - Thomas Rhett
  • Musical Event - Different For Girls - Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King
  • Musician - Dan Huff (guitar)
  • Music Video - Fire Away - Chris Stapleton



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