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Little Big Town Calls for More Harmony in the World
Nov 09, 2017
Little Big Town extended their acceptance speech for vocal group of the year at Wednesday’s (Nov. 8) 2017 CMA Awards in the backstage press conferences. When they met with members of the press, Karen Fairchild described music as the great unifier and said that the world could use the harmony Little Big Town practices onstage... Read more
Sugarland Stages Reunion Performance at CMA Awards After-Party
Nov 09, 2017
Sugarland‘s Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles surprised the Big Machine Label Groups after-party following Wednesday’s (Nov. 8) CMA Awards with a performance of their signature hit “Stay.” The party was held at Florida Georgia Line’s FGL House after the Grammy-winning duo’s appearance on the 2017 telecast. Big Machine Records CEO Scott Borchetta welcomed Bush and... Read more
Jon Pardi: "Chase Your Dreams"
Nov 09, 2017
“Flamethrowers.” That’s what Jon Pardi told reporters backstage at Wednesday’s (Nov. 8) CMA Awards he wants to add to his show now that he’s a first-time CMA winner. He’s kidding, of course. As the organization’s reigning new artist of the year, he said he hopes to keep performing, continue to get his music played on... Read more
Brett Young's Early CMA Song of the Year Contender
Nov 09, 2017
The CMA’s 2017 new artist of the year nominee Brett Young premiered an early contender for the organization’s 2018 song of the year on Wednesday’s (Nov. 8) Jimmy Kimmel Live. It’s a comedy song inspired by a viral video of a flying lawnmower. The unsung hero in Young’s “The Lawnmower in the Sky” is “Gus”... Read more
Brothers Osborne on Music's Responsibility
Nov 09, 2017
Depending on who wins, the environment in the CMA Awards’ backstage media center changes every year. And if any member of the press was escorted out of the area for not following the 2017 media guidelines, it went unnoticed. On Friday (Nov. 3), the CMA apologized to reporters for implementing a restriction against questions about... Read more
What's Not to Like? CMA Performances Covered All the Bases
Nov 09, 2017
Forget the awards part of the CMA Awards show since you probably didn’t get one anyway. Instead, look at it as a live concert with a lot of annoying interruptions. Viewed from that perspective, the show was a rousing success. It was just so varied. There was a lot of looking backward. In tribute to... Read more
Garth Brooks Wins Sixth Entertainer of the Year at 2017 CMA Awards
Nov 09, 2017
It was up to Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley to set the tone for Wednesday night’s (Nov. 8) CMA Awards. And right away, Underwood acknowledged the tragedies leading up to this year’s show, and how the night was going to go. “Tonight, we’re gonna do what families do. Come together, pray together, cry together and... Read more
2017 CMA Awards: The Winners
Nov 08, 2017
Here’s a complete list of winners at the 51st annual CMA Awards that took place Wednesday night (Nov. 8) at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks Male Vocalist Chris Stapleton Female Vocalist Miranda Lambert Vocal Group Little Big Town Vocal Duo Brothers Osborne Album From A Room: Vol. 1 Chris Stapleton Produced... Read more
Sturgill Simpson Busks for a Cause at the 2017 CMA Awards
Nov 08, 2017
When Chris Stapleton and Dave Cobb accepted the 2017 CMA Award for album of the year inside Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, outside the venue Grammy winner Sturgill Simpson busked and met with fans for a cause. All tips in his Grammy trophy went to the American Civil Liberties Union. His performance was captured on Facebook Live,... Read more
Best-Dressed Women on the CMA Awards Red Carpet
Nov 08, 2017
The red carpet at the 51st annual CMA Awards was a dazzling sight to see, and as usual country music’s ladies brought their A game. From fun and flirty, to dramatic to classic, the women showed their unique personalities with their bold fashion statements. Enjoy a look at some of our favorites. Carrie Underwood Danielle... Read more
Best-Dressed Men on the CMA Awards Red Carpet
Nov 08, 2017
Country music’s men always leave a lasting impression on the CMA’s red carpet. The 51st annual CMA Awards were no different as the stars arrived for country music’s biggest night. Enjoy photos of some of our favorite looks. Dierks Bentley Dustin Lynch Jon Pardi Brett Eldredge Darius Rucker Hunter Hayes Luke Combs Chris Young Scotty... Read more
Miranda Lambert: Validation of a Nomination
Nov 08, 2017
It never gets old to hear your name, according to Miranda Lambert. “Believe me, it’s still surprising,” Lambert told Extra backstage during rehearsals for Wednesday night’s (Nov. 8) CMA Awards. “I still get butterflies and nervous when the nominations come out. I’ve dedicated my life to country music and to be rewarded for it makes... Read more
Brothers Osborne, Willie Nelson Are Early CMA Award Winners
Nov 08, 2017
The CMA Awards were off to an early start on Wednesday morning (Nov. 8), thanks to Good Morning America and Kelsea Ballerini. First, at around 8:15 am, two CMA Awards were announced live on the rooftop of Acme Feed & Seed on Nashville’s Lower Broadway — with Ballerini helping make the announcement — almost 12... Read more
Carrie Underwood in Charge of Family Reunion
Nov 07, 2017
Fanily is what we’re calling the fans who make up the country music family. And Carrie Underwood may not have technically used the word “fanily,” but I know that’s what she meant when she talked with Parade about how the tragedy in Las Vegas would affect the vibe of the CMA Awards. “Every day things... Read more
Kelsea Ballerini and Reba McEntire Join Mutual Admiration Society
Nov 06, 2017
“We’re not competition. She wins everything.” That’s what Kelsea Ballerini said during a CMT.com interview when asked for her thoughts on being nominated for the CMA Awards’ female vocalist of the year with Reba McEntire. McEntire won the award four years in a row in the ’80s, and Ballerini considers it an honor to be... Read more
Brad Paisley Talks Co-Hosting the 2017 CMA Awards
Nov 06, 2017
Rehearsals for the 51st annual CMA Awards are underway at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. And Brad Paisley took a break from rehearsing for a backstage interview to talk about what fans can expect to see on the 2017 telecast. The main goal as the show’s co-host, Paisley says, is to celebrate the past year in country... Read more
51st Annual CMA Awards Lifts Media Restrictions
Nov 03, 2017
Country music’s biggest night, the 51st annual CMA Awards, is just days away. And it’s shaping up to be a night to remember. First, the organization caught some heat after it added a new rule in its press guidelines for reporters covering the red carpet and the backstage media center. In the 15-page manual sent... Read more
Brad Paisley: "I'm Sure the CMA Will Do the Right Thing"
Nov 03, 2017
With just five days left until the CMA Awards on Nov. 8, Brad Paisley is probably very busy rehearsing for his role as the show’s co-host and helping promote the show during some media appearances with Carrie Underwood. But he wasn’t too busy to address the elephant in the arena. “I’m sure the CMA will... Read more
Maren Morris: “We All Win When One of Us Does”
Nov 04, 2016
Backstage at Wednesday’s (Nov. 2) CMA Awards, Maren Morris was still coming down from the shock of being named new artist of the year. “When they called my name, I really was in genuine shock,” she said. “I couldn’t quite get it back together by the time I got to the microphone. I was just... Read more
Chris Stapleton's Traveller Back at No. 1 on Anniversary of CMA Triumph
Nov 04, 2016
A year after he made his big splash singing “Tennessee Whiskey” with Justin Timberlake on the CMA Awards show, Chris Stapleton can take comfort in the fact that his debut album, Traveller, is back at the top of Billboard‘s country albums chart, where it has spent so many of the intervening weeks. And Luke Bryan... Read more
Winners Rate the 50th Annual CMA Awards
Nov 03, 2016
Everyone who was a part of Wednesday’s (Nov. 2) 50th annual CMA Awards walked away with memories they will never forget. But Eric Church summed up the night best when he visited backstage with media after winning album of the year for Mr. Misunderstood. “If you put everything into making the best record you can... Read more

About the Show

  • The 50th annual CMA Awards aired live Nov. 2 on ABC from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Known as country music's biggest night, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood returned as hosts of the star-studded event for the ninth consecutive year. Nominees and winners of the CMA Awards were voted on by members of the Country Music Association.