Early CMA Winners: Dierks Bentley, Elle King, Chris Stapleton

Two Categories Revealed Wednesday on Good Morning America

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 Chris Stapleton and director Tim Mattia won music video of the year honors for “Fire Away”

Stapleton, who won in four categories at last year’s CMA Awards show, is also nominated for entertainer and male vocalist, along with a single of the year nod for “Nobody to Blame,” at Wednesday’s ceremony.

It marks Bentley’s third CMA honor following the Horizon Award (now named new artist of the year) in 2005 and music video of the year for “Drunk on a Plane” in 2014. At this year’s awards, Bentley is a male vocalist nominee and is also nominated for album of the year for Black.

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will co-host the 50th annual CMA Awards live from Nashville on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Calvin Gilbert has served as CMT.com’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.