Whether you're a boot-wearing, truck-driving, dip-chewing, diehard country music fan, or someone who — in the right mood — can casually enjoy the sound of a banjo, you can probably appreciate the spectacle of the Country Music Awards.On November 14th, Country Music's biggest night returned for a star studded good time in the heart of Nashville. If you missed CBS's live presentation of the awards show, don't worry, because we've compiled a list of the night's top moments to help you feel like you were boot-stomping along with the rest of the crowd in the Bridgestone Arena.
Garth Brooks Opens the Show
Garth Brooks opened the show with a heartfelt moment. He dedicated the night to the twelve victims of last week's shooting at the country night at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California "On behalf of our country music community, I want to say that tonight's show is lovingly dedicated to the 12 individuals who we lost far too soon just a week ago tonight at the Borderline in Thousand Oaks, California," Brooks said, as phone lights illuminated the somber crowd. "Tonight, let's celebrate their lives." Afterwards, the stadium honored the fallen country music fans with a moment of silence.
Carrie Underwood Reveals the Gender of her Baby
For the 11th year in a row, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood hosted the ceremony, and delivered another of their famous spoof songs. Paisley then tried to talk Underwood into revealing the gender of her second child. "Seriously Carrie, give me a little baby hint? Johnny or June? Keith or Nicole. Garth or Trisha. Tim or Faith. George or Tammy. Waylon or Willie?" After continuous prodding, Underwood finally revealed that the baby is a boy. "Oh my gosh — Willie, it's a Willie ok!?"
Keith Urban Gets Emotional
Lionel Richie presented the coveted entertainer of the year award towards the end of the evening, and announced Keith Urban as the winner. Urban, who last won entertainer of the year in 2005, immediately became emotional while accepting the award, and said, "Thank you so much . . . I am shocked beyond shocked," he told the cheering crowd. He mentioned his wife, Nicole Kidman, who was also in tears in the audience ("Baby girl, I love you so much"). "I just feel very, very blessed, very grateful that I get to do what I do. . . God bless country music."
Kacey Musgraves Wins Best Album
Kacey Musgraves won the album of the year award for her hit record, Golden Hour. Musgraves is the first female artist to win the prize since Miranda Lambert in 2014.
Chris Stapleton's Big Night
Chris Stapleton took home the most awards of the evening, winning male vocalist, best song, and best single of the year for the powerful hit "Broken Halos." His win for best male vocalist means the singer is undefeated in the category, having received the award every year since 2015. Stapleton also gave one of the best performances of the night with his moving collaboration with Maren Morris and Mavis Staples. The three joined together to sing Stapleton's song "Friendship" then transitioned into The Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There."
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