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Garth Brooks Wins Sixth CMA Entertainer of the Year Award; Keith Urban Gets Single

by VVN Music

Garth Brooks once again proved he is one of the best entertainers in country music history on Wednesday night with a sixth win for Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards.

Not just content to bunch up those wins, Brooks has done won back-to-back at three different points in his career, 1991 and 1992, 1997 and 1998 and, now, 2016 and 2017.  Garth did release and album last year, Gunslinger, but the wins over the last two years can really be attributed to his huge comeback tour which saw him sell out the biggest venues in many cities over multiple nights.

Kenny Chesney is the artist who comes closest in the record books to Garth, with four wins between 2004 and 2008.

Keith Urban took home the Single of the Year for "Blue Ain't Your Color". It's his first win in the category.

One of the big wins of the night was in the Song of the Year category which was taken by country music pariah Taylor Swift for writing Little Big Town's "Better Man". It's her tenth CMA Award and first since 2013. Her last two albums have been pop oriented and not accepted in the country community.

Chris Stapleton was a double winner, taking Album of the Year for From A Room, Vol. 1 and Male Vocalist of the Year.  Miranda Lambert won her sixth Female Vocalist award in the last seven years.  Her run was only stopped by Carrie Underwood last year.

The nominees with veteran artists in bold and winners in blue:

Entertainer of the Year
  • Garth Brooks
  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban
Album of the Year
  • The Breaker – Little Big Town
  • From A Room, Vol. 1 – Chris Stapleton
  • Heart Break – Lady Antebellum
  • The Nashville Sound – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
  • The Weight of These Wings ­– Miranda Lambert
Single of the Year
  • "Better Man" – Little Big Town
  • "Blue Ain't Your Color" – Keith Urban
  • "Body Like a Back Road" – Sam Hunt
  • "Dirt on My Boots" – Jon Pardi
  • "Tin Man" – Miranda Lambert
Song of the Year
  • "Better Man" – Little Big Town (songwriter: Taylor Swift)
  • "Blue Ain't Your Color" – Keith Urban (songwriters: Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Olsen)
  • "Body Like a Back Road" – Sam Hunt (songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
  • "Dirt on My Boots" – Jon Pardi (songwriters: Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley)
  • "Tin Man" – Miranda Lambert (songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall)
Male Vocalist of the Year
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Eric Church
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban
Female Vocalist of the Year
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Reba McEntire
  • Maren Morris
  • Carrie Underwood
New Artist of the Year
  • Luke Combs
  • Old Dominion
  • Jon Pardi
  • Brett Young
  • Lauren Alaina
Vocal Duo of the Year
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • LoCash
  • Maddie and Tae
  • Brothers Osborne
Vocal Group of the Year
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Old Dominion
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Zac Brown Band
Music Video of the Year
  • "Better Man" – Little Big Town
  • "Blue Ain't Your Color" – Keith Urban
  • "Craving You" – Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris
  • "It Ain't My Fault" – Brothers Osborne
  • "Vice" – Miranda Lambert
Musical Event of the Year
  • "Craving You" – Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris
  • "Funny How Time Slips Away" – Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson
  • "Kill a Word" – Eric Church feat. Rhiannon Giddens
  • "Setting the World on Fire" – Kenny Chesney with Pink
  • "Speak to a Girl" – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Musician of the Year
  • Jerry Douglas (Dobro)
  • Paul Franklin (Steel guitar)
  • Dann Huff (Guitar)
  • Mac McAnally (Guitar)
  • Derek Wells (Guitar)