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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 »
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 »
Brothers Osborne Thankful for Each Other
Nov 03, 2016
Of all the artists who visited the backstage press conferences at Wednesday’s (Nov. 2) CMA Awards, new vocal duo of the year winners Brothers Osborne made the media laugh the hardest. Near the close of their Q&A session, they jokingly gave reporters a hard time for getting distracted by the surprise Beyoncé and the Dixie... Read more »
Garth Brooks: “I Never Thought I’d Get to Come Back”
Nov 03, 2016
Backstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards, Garth Brooks admitted he thought his win for entertainer of the year in 1998 would be his last. “I kind of went numb after they called my name,” he said backstage at Wednesday’s (Nov. 2) CMA Awards. “When we left, I never thought I’d get to come back.... Read more »
Beyoncé, Dixie Chicks Make News at CMA Awards
Nov 03, 2016
Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks consummated a hot rumor Wednesday night (Nov. 2) by performing together at the CMA Awards, but which was really the bigger surprise? Was it that one of the most successful superstars on the planet performed on a country awards show or that the Dixie Chicks returned to Nashville to... Read more »
Garth Brooks Named CMA Entertainer of the Year
Nov 02, 2016
A historic night of country music was finished off with a once-retired superstar grabbing the biggest award at the 50th anniversary CMA Awards in Nashville. Garth Brooks, who restarted his career after a very public and tear-stained retirement back in October of 2000, became country music’s “comeback kid” Wednesday night (Nov. 2) when he was... Read more »
CMA Awards: A Medley of Medleys
Nov 02, 2016
Dolly Parton didn’t want to mess up her eyelashes, she said. But she cried anyway. During one of the last performances of the 50th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday night (Nov. 2), Parton shed a few Dolly-sized tears as Jennifer Nettles, Reba McEntire, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride took the stage to serenade... Read more »
Carrie Underwood's 2016 CMA Awards Outfits
Nov 02, 2016
Carrie Underwood had an impressive amount of outfit changes during the 50th annual CMA Awards. Check out a few pieces of her wardrobe. Show Open Golden Beauty Powerful Performance Reba’s Famous Dress ’80s Queen Paying Tribute What a Winner Enjoy more of CMT.com’s coverage of the 50th annual CMA Awards.
2016 CMA Awards: The Winners
Nov 02, 2016
Here’s a complete list of winners at the 50th annual CMA Awards that took place Wednesday night (Nov. 2) at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks Male Vocalist Chris Stapleton Female Vocalist Carrie Underwood Vocal Group Little Big Town Vocal Duo Brothers Osborne Album Mr. Misunderstood Eric Church Produced by Jay Joyce... Read more »
Award-Winning Moments at the CMAs
Nov 02, 2016
Did your picks walk away winners at the 50th annual CMA Awards? Take a look at photos as this year’s champs accept their coveted honors. Garth Brooks wins entertainer of the year. Chris Stapleton accepts the award for male vocalist of the year. Carrie Underwood gives thanks after winning female vocalist of the year. Dolly... Read more »
The Entertaining Performances From the 2016 CMA Awards
Nov 02, 2016
The 50th annual CMA Awards did not disappoint with its performances this year. Check out photos from the show. Kelsea Ballerini performs “Peter Pan” Jason Aldean with Brooks & Dunn perform “Brand New Man” Dierks Bentley and Elle King perform “Different For Girls” Maren Morris performs “My Church” Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood perform a... Read more »
CMA Awards: A Powerful Opening
Nov 02, 2016
Just 11 minutes into the 50th annual CMA Awards on Wednesday night (Nov. 2), and portions of a dozen songs had already been sung. In a medley that started with Vince Gill performing a Merle Haggard classic and ended with Randy Travis singing the last “amen” in his “Forever and Ever, Amen,” the artists in... Read more »
Photos: Country Royalty Kick Off 2016 CMAs
Nov 02, 2016
The 50th annual CMA Awards began in grand fashion as some of the biggest names in the genre shared the stage. It was a salute 50 years in the making and honored some of the most influential country artists of all-time. Enjoy a look at photos from the star-studded show opening. Vince Gill and Ben... Read more »
The Best-Dressed Men on the 2016 CMA Awards Red Carpet
Nov 02, 2016
These men never looked so good. Check out the attire of the best-dressed men at the 50th annual CMA Awards. Hunter Hayes Luke Bryan Alan Jackson Tim McGraw Thomas Rhett Keith Urban Scotty McCreery Darius Rucker Frankie Ballard Dierks Bentley Tyler Farr Enjoy more of CMT.com’s coverage of the 50th annual CMA Awards.
The Best-Dressed Women on the 2016 CMA Awards Red Carpet
Nov 02, 2016
The 50th annual CMA Awards are bound to be one for the record books, and the ladies of country music are certainly ready to shine. Check out our favorite looks from the red carpet. Carrie Underwood RaeLynn Maisy Stella and Lennon Stella Kelsea Ballerini Kimberly Schlapman Maddie & Tae Reba McEntire Hillary Scott Lauren Alaina... Read more »
Beyoncé to Hit the CMA Awards Stage
Nov 02, 2016
Wednesday night’s CMA Awards will feature a live collaboration starring pop superstar Beyoncé and another act that has yet to be officially announced. Frequently, country crosses over. But every now & then a major pop superstar wants to be a part of this too. Welcome, Beyoncé.#cmaawards50 -- Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) November 2, 2016 While they... Read more »
Early CMA Winners: Dierks Bentley, Elle King, Chris Stapleton
Nov 02, 2016
Dierks Bentley, Elle King and Chris Stapleton are early victors at the 50th annual CMA Awards after the winners in two categories were announced Wednesday (Nov. 2) in downtown Nashville during a live segment of ABC’s Good Morning America. Bentley and King’s collaboration on “Different for Girls” was named musical event of the year, and... Read more »
Carrie Underwood Reveals "Cool Perk" of CMA Gig
Nov 02, 2016
Backstage during the CMA Awards rehearsals, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley revealed what they each love about this hosting job; especially this year. “When it’s the 50th like this, then you start to realize that not only are you in charge of one year of the CMAs, you’re in charge of essentially 50,” Paisley said.... Read more »
Reba McEntire Reveals Her Favorite CMA Memory
Nov 02, 2016
Backstage at Monday’s (Oct. 31) rehearsals for the 50th annual CMA Awards, Reba McEntire admitted her favorite CMA Awards memory is slightly selfish. It was the night she won her first award for female vocalist of the year in 1984. But it wasn’t necessarily the win itself. “I was in the dressing room with a... Read more »
Jason Aldean and Brooks & Dunn Talk Hillbillies and Dress Codes
Nov 01, 2016
Jason Aldean and Brooks & Dunn were all smiles backstage at Sunday’s (Oct. 30) rehearsals for the 50th annual CMA Awards. They are performing together on Wednesday’s (Nov. 2) show and are looking forward to a night of all-star collaborations and performances representing country’s past, present and future. “It’s always cool when some of the... Read more »
Tim McGraw Can't Fathom a Year Without the CMA Awards
Nov 01, 2016
The Country Music Association Awards have been around for just about 50 years. So has Tim McGraw. That’s why it makes so much sense that for him that the CMA Awards show was something everyone looked forward to. And if you didn’t make a big deal out of watching it? Well, that’s just unthinkable. “It’s... 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.