2020 CMA Awards: The Drama and The Winners

So the 2020 CMA Awards took place Wednesday night November 11 and like everything else in 2020, they were….weird.  The CMA’s made it a point to publicize that it will be a drama-free event, but of course, this is 2020, and nothing is drama free anymore.   The awards show was accused of white-washing and snubbing artists in their Memorium reel like John Prine. Jason Isbell and Amanda Shire declared themselves to pack their bag and never to return over the snub.  CMA performers tested positive for COVID just prior to the show and others have to fill in at the last minute.  There was a big controversy over Carrie Underwood being snubbed for Entertainer of the Year for Garth Brooks.  Drama-Free, this event was not.

The show must go on though, and the big winners at the 54th CMA Awards were Eric Chuch, Maren Morris and Luke Combs.  After the Entertainer of the Year bruhaha with Garth Brooks, he dropped out of the nomination pool, and Church won his first Entertainer of the Year award.  Combs earned himself the Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the YEar for his “What You See is What You Get”.  Morris took home three awards: Female Vocalist of the Year, Single and Song of the Year for “The Bones” (which admittedly is one of my personal least favorite songs of the year.)

Some of the other top winners included Dan + Shay for Vocal Duo of the Year, Old Dominion for Vocal Group of the Year and Morgan Wallen won for best New Artist of the Year.

See Justin Bieber make his CMA debut here:

See below for the complete list of 2020 CMA Winners:

Entertainer of the Year

Eric Church – WINNER
Luke Combs
Miranda Lambert
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban

Single of the Year

“10,000 Hours,” Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)
“Beer Never Broke My Heart,” Luke Combs
“Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert
“The Bones,” Maren Morris – WINNER
“I Hope,” Gabby Barrett

Album of the Year

Heartache Medication, Jon Pardi
Never Will, Ashley McBryde
Old Dominion, Old Dominion
What You See Is What You Get, Luke Combs – WINNER
Wildcard, Miranda Lambert


Song of the Year

“Bluebird,” recorded by Miranda Lambert
“The Bones,” recorded by Maren Morris – WINNER
“Even Though I’m Leaving,” recorded by Luke Combs
“I Hope You’re Happy Now,” recorded by Carly Pearce and Lee Brice
“More Hearts Than Mine,” recorded by Ingrid Andress 

Female Vocalist of the Year

Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Maren Morris – WINNER
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood 

Male Vocalist of the Year

Eric Church
Luke Combs – WINNER
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady A
Little Big Town
Old Dominion – WINNER
Rascal Flatts

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay – WINNER
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

Musical Event of the Year

“10,000 Hours,” Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)
“Be a Light,” Thomas Rhett featuring Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban
“The Bones,” Maren Morris with Hozier
“Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” Miranda Lambert featuring Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack
“I Hope You’re Happy Now,” Carly Pearce and Lee Brice — WINNER

Musician of the Year

Jenee Fleenor, fiddle – WINNER
Paul Franklin, steel guitar
Rob McNelley, guitar
Ilya Toshinskiy, guitar
Derek Wells, guitar

Music Video of the Year

“10,000 Hours,” Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)
“Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert — WINNER
“Homemade,” Jake Owen
“I Hope You’re Happy Now,” Carly Pearce and Lee Brice
“Second One to Know,” Chris Stapleton

New Artist of the Year

Jimmie Allen
Ingrid Andress
Gabby Barrett
Carly Pearce
Morgan Wallen – WINNER

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