As I do every year I tuned into the annual Country Music Association Awards to find out who the big winners were this past year. I’d say the entire show was a big winner this year. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood returned for a 10th year to host the bash and managed to get the crowd laughing with clever and some not so subtle political jokes. As per tradition Carrie had a different outfit every time she stepped on to the stage. I quit counting after a while!
Two performances stood for me last night. The first coming from Miranda Lambert. She went back to that classic country sound with the cry of the steel guitar in her performance of “To Learn Her,” a slow dance song from her latest album “The Weight of these Wings.” It was a top notch performance celebrating the heritage of country music. the second outstanding moment was Carrie Underwood’s performance during the “In Memorial” portion of the show. Her powerful, yet gentle, vocals played with emotions of viewers as names of country music greats were displayed in the background. My only complaint was that one could not see the names very well on TV. She had a difficult time singing when the images of the victims of the Las Vegas came up, as many would become emotional in that situation.
Country music legends Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks also made appearances with Garth admitting he used a recorded live track due to feeling under the weather last night. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill also showed their incredible chemistry during a performance of their latest duet, “The Rest of our Life.”
Here’s a list of last night’s CMA award recipents
Entertainer of the Year: Garth Brooks
Male Artist of the Year: Chris Stapleton
Female Artist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Single of the Year: Blue Ain’t Your Colour by Keith Urban
Song of the Year: Better Man, written by Taylor Swift and sung by Little Big Town
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
Album of the Year: From a Room, Volume 1 by Chris Stapleton
New Artist of the Year: Jon Pardi
Vocal Duo of the Year: Brothers Osborne (Also winning music video of the year for “It Ain’t my Fault”)
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally