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CMA Awards 2020 WINNERS: Maren Morris kicks off awards show by winning first two categories

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Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker hit the stage Wednesday to cohost the 2020 Country Music Association Awards.

Leading the nominations at the star-studded event was Miranda Lambert, who received nods in seven categories, including Entertainer of the Year.  

Maren Morris kicked off the awards show, landing the first two wins of the evening, as she took home Single of the Year and Song of the Year, both for her track The Bones from her second studio album Girl.

Winner winner: Maren Morris kicked off the CMA Awards Wednesday, landing the first two wins of the evening, as she took home Single of the Year and Song of the Year, both for her track The Bones from her second studio album Girl

The 30-year-old beat out the likes of Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Gabby Barrett, Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber for Single of the Year.

She took to the stage in a stunning black lace floor-length robe over black silk undergarments, as she accepted the award from presenter Bobby Bones.   

Morris said: ‘Thank you so much! This is very weird, but I love this kind of setup, because we can all hang out all night with each other. That’s a cool first. I had a baby eight months ago, so just being out tonight is a win itself.’ 

The Hero artist welcomed her first child back in March, a son named Hayes Andrew, with husband Ryan Hurd, 34. 

Back in black: She took to the stage in a stunning black lace floor-length robe over black silk undergarments, as she accepted the award from presenter Bobby Bones

Mom’s night out: Morris said: ‘Thank you so much! This is very weird, but I love this kind of setup, because we can all hang out all night with each other. That’s a cool first. I had a baby eight months ago, so just being out tonight is a win itself’ 

Proud parents: The Hero artist welcomed her first child back in March, a son named Hayes Andrew, with husband Ryan Hurd, 34

Hot streak: Morris immediately took the stage again for Song of the Year, for which Miranda Lambert, Luke Combs, Carly Pearce, Lee Brice and Ingrid Andress were also nominated

Nashville friends: She said: ‘I am proud to be a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee. I grew up obsessing over y’all’s YouTube videos, and I moved here and somehow got into rooms with you. This means so much’

She added: ‘Thank you Country Music and my peers for nominating us and voting for us. Thank you Greg Kurstin. I hope you’re watching at home in Hawaii. Thank you so much for making this song sound so good. 

‘And thank you to my writers who are here tonight, Laura Veltz and Jimmy Robbins, for writing this love song with me, that’s kind of been a medicine for this year, this crazy year. Thank you so much! This is amazing.’ 

Morris immediately took the stage again for Song of the Year, for which Miranda Lambert, Luke Combs, Carly Pearce, Lee Brice and Ingrid Andress were also nominated.

She said: ‘I was just about to make Laura Veltz accept this award, but I guess I’m the one accepting it. Thank you! All of my friends are in this category, you wrote the most amazing songs in country music this year. 

‘I am proud to be a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee. I grew up obsessing over y’all’s YouTube videos, and I moved here and somehow got into rooms with you. This means so much.’

Shortly after performing onstage, Morgan Wallen took home New Artist of the Year, beating out Jimmie Allen, Ingrid Andress, Gabby Barrett and Carly Pearce. 

Old Dominion landed Vocal Group of the Year, stealing the trophy from Lady A, Little Big Town, Midland and Rascal Flatts.

Luke Combs won Album of the Year for his second studio album What You See Is What You Get, beating out Jon Pardi, Ashley McBryde, Old Dominion and Miranda Lambert.

Dan + Shay won the award for Vocal Duo of the Year, for which Brooks & Dunn, Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line and Maddie & Tae were also nominated.

New kid: Shortly after performing onstage, Morgan Wallen took home New Artist of the Year, beating out Jimmie Allen, Ingrid Andress, Gabby Barrett and Carly Pearce

Group effort: Old Dominion landed Vocal Group of the Year, stealing the trophy from Lady A, Little Big Town, Midland and Rascal Flatts

Sophomore success: Luke Combs won Album of the Year for his second studio album What You See Is What You Get, beating out Jon Pardi, Ashley McBryde, Old Dominion and Miranda Lambert

Dynamic duo: Dan + Shay won the award for Vocal Duo of the Year, for which Brooks & Dunn, Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line and Maddie & Tae were also nominated. It was noted prior to their speech that this show marks the 50th year of this category, which first went to Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton back in 1970

California boys: The duo that consists of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney accepted the award via telecast from Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, where they previously graced the audience with a performance of their track 10,000 Hours, for which they were joined by Justin Bieber

The duo that consists of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney accepted the award via telecast from Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, where they previously graced the audience with a performance of their track 10,000 Hours, for which they were joined by Justin Bieber. 

It was noted prior to their speech that this show marks the 50th year of this category, which first went to Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton back in 1970.

This year’s Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by Jimmie Allen to country legend Charley Pride, whose hits include Mountain of Love and Roll On Mississippi.

Allen took to the stage with a musical tribute to the Black country icon, before Pride himself joined the rising artist, as they sang his song Kiss an Angel Good Morning. 

The 86-year-old then gave his speech: ‘You might not believe it, but I’m as nervous as I can be. First of all, I wanna thank CMA for this award. Like I said, I’m a little nervous, but I put a little something down I have to say.

‘Of all the people who’ve been influenced by what my life has been influenced by, I got to say something about some of them. The first one is Jack Johnson, Jack Clement. These are the people that have influenced my whole life in this business. And this man, I’ve been awed by him, and I still am. 

‘My wife Rozene and I would go and visit him. In fact, the last time we visited him, before he passed away, he would always say, “Rozene, you so pretty.” And I never have forgotten that. Jerry Bradley, I worked with him a lot, give him a nice round of applause. 

‘And we got John Daines, about 37 years he was with me. He booked me everywhere I went. He was from England, and he was a fine fellow. Bless his heart, he’s got that Alzheimer’s. All my fans, I wanna say thank you… and well, I’m through talking, I guess. Just gonna thank everybody again. Like I said, I’m nervous.’

The late Charlie Daniels, immortalized by his song Devil Went Down to Georgia was also honored in song, along with country greats Joe Diffie and Kenny Rogers.  

Lifetime Achievement: This year’s Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by Jimmie Allen to country legend Charley Pride, whose hits include Mountain of Love and Roll On Mississippi 

Beautiful duet: Allen took to the stage with a musical tribute to the Black country icon, before Pride himself joined the rising artist, as they sang his song Kiss an Angel Good Morning

Nervous speaker: The 86-year-old then gave his speech: ‘You might not believe it, but I’m as nervous as I can be. First of all, I wanna thank CMA for this award. Like I said, I’m a little nervous, but I put a little something down I have to say’

Biggest influences: He continued: ‘Of all the people who’ve been influenced by what my life has been influenced by, I got to say something about some of them. The first one is Jack Johnson, Jack Clement. These are the people that have influenced my whole life in this business. And this man, I’ve been awed by him, and I still am’

Fan favorite: He also thanked Jerry Bradley and John Daines, before concluding: ‘All my fans, I wanna say thank you… and well, I’m through talking, I guess. Just gonna thank everybody again. Like I said, I’m nervous’

Following Miranda Lambert, Luke Combs and Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers racked up some of the most nominations, with six nods each.

In addition to earning five nominations for the duo, Smyers also earned recognition as a producer, while Justin Bieber was able to earn three nominations for their collab 10,000 Hours.  

The evening featured a star-studded lineup of both in-person and pre-taped performances, while taking precautions against COVID-19.

Nominees and their guests made up a sparse, socially-distanced audience, while other recent awards shows have gone ahead with no spectators at all.

It came after Lee Brice and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard dropped out of their appearances, testing positive for the coronavirus. 

Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker took over the reins from 12-time host Carrie Underwood, emceeing the live socially-distanced event from the Music City Center in Nashville.  

The Fancy artist said in a statement: ‘I’m thrilled to be back hosting the CMA Awards and even more thrilled that I get to share the stage with Darius Rucker. We’re looking forward to a night of celebrating great country music and hope you’ll tune in and watch!’

Rucker echoed the sentiment: ‘I look forward to the CMA Awards every year because of the incredible performances and the opportunity to celebrate the year in country music. 

‘To be invited to host this year’s awards alongside Reba — are you kidding me?! — it is an absolute honor. Even though this year will look a little different than normal, I know that we’re all eager for a night of musical celebration, and this year’s show definitely won’t disappoint!’

Hosts with the most: Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker hit the stage Wednesday to cohost the 2020 Country Music Association Awards

Hot date: Maren Morris spent some alone time together in her trailer before the awards show kicked off

Gal pals: Morris also caught up with pal Miranda Lambert, who led the evening with seven nominations

Playing it safe: They took precautions against COVID-19, carrying plastic face shields until they took their seats

CMA Awards Winners 2020

Entertainer of the Year

Eric Church

Miranda Lambert

Carrie Underwood

Keith Urban

Luke Combs

Miranda Lambert earned seven nods, the most of the entire awards

Female Vocalist of the Year

Miranda Lambert

Ashley McBryde

Maren Morris – WINNER

Kacey Musgraves

Carrie Underwood

Maren Morris has been honored with five nominations 

Male Vocalist of the Year

Eric Church

Luke Combs – WINNER

Thomas Rhett

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

Luke Combs is up for six awards

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady A

Little Big Town

Midland

Old Dominion – WINNER

Rascal Flatts

Old Dominion has two nominations 

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brooks & Dunn

Brothers Osborne

Dan + Shay – WINNER

Florida Georgia Line

Maddie & Tae

Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers (left) has six nominations. In addition to earning five nominations for the duo, Smyers earned extra recognition as a producer

New Artist of the Year

Jimmie Allen

Ingrid Andress

Gabby Barrett

Morgan Wallen – WINNER

Carly Pearce

Morgan Wallen earned one nod

Album of the Year

Jon Pardi – Heartache Medication

Ashley McBryde – Never Will

Old Dominion – Old Dominion

Miranda Lambert – Wildcard

Luke Combs – What You See Is What You Get – WINNER

Ashley McBryde is nominated for Album Of The Year and four other honors

Song of the Year

Bluebird – Miranda Lambert

The Bones – Maren Morris – WINNER

Even Though I’m Leaving – Luke Combs

I Hope You’re Happy Now – Carly Pearce and Lee Brice

More Hearts Than Mine – Ingrid Andress

Ingrid Andress has two nominations

Single of the Year

I Hope – Gabby Barrett

Beer Never Broke My Heart – Luke Combs

10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber

Bluebird – Miranda Lambert

The Bones – Maren Morris – WINNER

Justin Bieber secured three nominations this year

Musical Event of the Year

10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber

Be a Light – Thomas Rhett with Reba McEntire, Lady A, Chris Tomlin and Keith Urban

The Bones – Maren Morris feat. Hozier

Fooled Around and Fell in Love – Miranda Lambert with Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack and Elle King 

I Hope You’re Happy Now – Carly Pearce and Lee Brice – WINNER  

Carly Pearce and Lee Brice won Musical Event Of The Year for I Hope You’re Happy Now

Music Video of the Year

10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay and 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

Lambert won Music Video of the Year for her song Bluebird

Musician of the Year

Jenee Fleenor (Fiddle)

Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)

Rob McNelley (Guitar)

Ilya Toshinsky (Guitar)

Derek Wells (Guitar)

Fiddleist Jenee Fleenor is nominated for Musician of the Year

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