Big Surprise Winner at CMA Awards

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The 49th Annual CMA Awards aired on ABC last night from Nashville with all your big name country artists on hand to pose for the camera or perform live. Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town were among the winners in the list of various categories but there was someone walking away with three awards! Kentucky-born Chris Stapleton was the big winner on the night!

Chris has written five No. 1 songs for George Strait, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker and Josh Turner and contributed cuts to several major motion picture soundtracks. He’s also been nominated for three Grammy Awards and won the International Bluegrass Music Association Emerging Artist of the Year award as a member of The SteelDrivers.

Categories were:

Entertainer of the Year
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan — WINNER
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Miranda Lambert

Album of the Year (Awarded to Artist and Producers)
Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason Aldean
Pageant Material, Kacey Musgraves
Pain Killer, Little Big Town
The Big Revival, Kenny Chesney
Traveller, Chris Stapleton — WINNER

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert — WINNER
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood
Lee Ann Womack
Kelsea Ballerini

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Chris Stapleton — WINNER

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town — WINNER
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)
“American Kids”, Kenny Chesney (Written by Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally)
“Girl Crush”, Little Big Town (Written by Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose) — WINNER
“Like a Cowboy”, Randy Houser (Written by Randy Houser and Brice Long)
“Like a Wrecking Ball”, Eric Church (Written by Eric Church and Casey Beathard)
“Take Your Time”, Sam Hunt (Written by Sam Hunt, Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally)

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line — WINNER
Maddie & Tae
Thompson Square

New Artist of the Year
Sam Hunt
Maddie & Tae
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton — WINNER
Kelsea Ballerini

Single of the Year (Awarded to Artist and Producer)
“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney (Produced by Buddy Cannon and Kenny Chesney)
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town (Produced by Jay Joyce) — WINNER
“I Don’t Dance,” Lee Brice (Produced by Lee Brice)
“Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt (Produced by Zach Crowell and Shane McAnally)
“Talladega,” Eric Church (Produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora Jr.)

Musical Event of the Year
Django and Jimmie, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
“Lonely Tonight,” Blake Shelton feat. Ashley Monroe
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban feat. Eric Church — WINNER
“Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” Miranda Lambert feat. Little Big Town
“Wild Child,” Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter

Music Video of the Year (Awarded to Artist and Director)
“Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves (Directed by Marc Klasfeld)
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town (Directed by Karla Welch and Matthew Welch)
“Girl in a Country Song,” Maddie & Tae (Directed by TK McKamy) — WINNER
“Little Red Wagon,” Miranda Lambert (Directed by Trey Fanjoy)
“Something in the Water,” Carrie Underwood (Directed by Raj Kapoor)

Musician of the Year
Sam Bush, mandolin
Jerry Douglas, dobro
Paul Franklin, steel guitar
Dann Huff, guitar
Mac McAnally, guitar — WINNER