Highlights of the 2016 CMA Awards

November 8, 2016


The Country Music Association Awards is the most prestigious award ceremony in the country music world. Photo Credit: Sophia Mastro/Achona Online

On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, the 50th annual Country Music Association Awards was hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

The CMA Awards is an annual award ceremony that celebrates and recognizes country music artists. At the show, there were performances by Carrie Underwood, Elle King and Dierks Bentley, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, and to many’s surprise,  Beyonce with the Dixie Chicks.

Photo Credit: Sophia Mastro/ Achona Online.
Photo Credit: Sophia Mastro/AchonaOnline Beyoncé’s performance in a country award ceremony received mixed reviews from AHN students.

Senior Hope Rossi commented, “I am not a country fan, but I watched the CMA Awards to see Beyoncé perform. I was really surprised, but she proved she can perform anything and pull it off. I thought she slayed her performance.”

Junior Alexandra Fonseca stated, “I was shocked that Beyoncé performed at the CMA Awards. I did not think it was appropriate for her to be performing at a country award show. She is not a country singer and did not belong.”

There were twelve awards received by accomplished country artists at the CMA Awards. Five artists are nominated for each category by a members of the Country Music Association. The eligibility period for the 2016 CMA Awards ran from July 1 2015 until June 30 2016.  In order to be nominated for an award the artist must be go through three rounds of ballots casts by CMA board members. 


  • New Artist of the Year award: Maren Morris
  • Entertainer of the Year award: Garth Brooks
  • Album of the Year: Eric Church’s album Mr. Misunderstood
  • Single of the Year: Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man”
  • Song of the Year: Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind”
  • Male Vocalist of the Year: Chris Stapleton
  • Female Vocalist of the Year: Carrie Underwood
  • Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
  • Vocal Duo of the Year: Brothers Osborne
  • Musical Event of the Year: “Different for Girls,” Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King
  • Music Video of the Year: “Fire Away,” Chris Stapleton
  • Musician of the Year: Dann Huff (guitar)

Watch the video below to see the best highlights of the 2016 CMA Awards:


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