The 2018 CMA Awards winners have begun to be announced, and the names already include some of the biggest stars in country music.
Kenny Chesney, David Lee Murphy and Thomas Rhett were all announced as early winners in the CMA Awards during the broadcast of Good Morning America on Wednesday morning (Nov. 14). Murphy and Chesney won Musical Event of the Year for their collaboration on "Everything"s Gonna Be Alright," and Rhett took home Music Video of the Year for "Marry Me" along with director TK McKamy.
Chris Stapleton leads the 2018 CMA Awards nominations with a total of seven, including Album, Male Vocalist, Song, Single and Entertainer of the Year. Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Rhett and Keith Urban each received four nominations.
The 2018 CMA Awards will broadcast live from Nashville on Wednesday night on ABC at 8PM ET. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are returning to host for the eleventh straight year. The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,400 professional members of the Country Music Association.
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2018 CMA Awards Winners:
Entertainer of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
Album of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s) and Producer(s))
From a Room Vol. 2, Chris Stapleton (Producers: Dave Cobb and Chris Stapleton)
Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves (Producers: Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian and Kacey Musgraves)
Graffiti U, Keith Urban (Producers: Keith Urban, Dan McCarroll, JR Rotem, Josh Kerr, Jason Evigan, Greg Wells, Benny Blanco, Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, Jesse Shatkin, Jimmy Robbins, Oscar Holter, Matt Rad, Eric Valentine, Ian Kirkpatrick, Mike Elizondo, Captain Cuts, Ross Copperman, Dann Huff and Peter Karlsson)
Life Changes, Thomas Rhett (Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Joe London and Thomas Rhett)
The Mountain, Dierks Bentley (Producers: Ross Copperman, Jon Randall Stewart and Arturo Buenahora Jr.)
New Artist of the Year
Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)
"Body Like a Back Road," Sam Hunt (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
"Broken Halos," Chris Stapleton (Chris Stapleton, Mike Henderson)
"Drowns the Whiskey," Jason Aldean with Miranda Lambert (Josh Thompson, Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton)
"Drunk Girl," Chris Janson (Chris Janson, Scooter Caruso, Tom Douglas)
"Tequila," Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers, Nicole Gallyon, Jordan Reynolds)
Single of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s))
"Broken Halos," Chris Stapleton (Producers: Dave Cobb and Chris Stapleton; Mix Engineer: Vance Powell)
"Drinkin' Problem," Midland (Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne; Mix Engineer: Justin Niebank)
"Drowns the Whiskey," Jason Aldean Feat. Miranda Lambert (Producer: Michael Knox; Mix Engineer: Jeff Braun)
"Meant to Be," Bebe Rexha Feat. Florida Georgia Line (Producer: Willshire; Mix Engineer: Serban Ghenea)
"Tequila," Dan + Shay (Producer: Scott Hendricks and Dan Smyers; Mix Engineer: Jeff Juliano)
Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town
Vocal Duo of the Year
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
Musical Event of the Year
"Burning Man," Dierks Bentley with Brothers Osborne
"Dear Hate," Maren Morris with Vince Gill
"Drowns the Whiskey," Jason Aldean with Miranda Lambert
"Everything’s Gonna Be Alright," David Lee Murphy with Kenny Chesney — WINNER!
"Meant to Be," Bebe Rehxa with Florida Georgia Line
Music Video of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s) and Director(s))
"Babe," Sugarland Feat. Taylor Swift (Director: Anthony Mandler)
"Cry Pretty," Carrie Underwood (Director: Randee St. Nicholas)
"Drunk Girl," Chris Janson (Director: Jeff Venable)
"Marry Me," Thomas Rhett (Director: TK McKamy) — WINNER!
"Tequila," Dan + Shay (Director: Patrick Tracy)
Musician of the Year
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