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

    CMA Awards 2020 WINNERS: Maren Morris kicks off awards show by winning first two categories during event with socially-distanced audience

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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, eight months, 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

    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'

    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, eight months, with husband Ryan Hurd, 34

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

    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.’

    This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by cohost Darius Rucker to country legend Charley Pride, whose hits include Mountain of Love, Roll On Mississippi and Kiss an Angel Good Morning.

    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.  

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

    Lucky 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

    Lucky 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'

    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’

    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. 

    McEntire and 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!’

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

    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

    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

    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

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

     

    Female Vocalist of the Year

    Miranda Lambert

    Ashley McBryde

    Maren Morris

    Kacey Musgraves

    Carrie Underwood

    Maren Morris has been honored with five nominations

    Maren Morris has been honored with five nominations 

     

    Male Vocalist of the Year

    Eric Church

    Luke Combs

    Thomas Rhett

    Chris Stapleton

    Keith Urban

    Luke Combs is up for six awards

    Luke Combs is up for six awards

     

    Vocal Group of the Year

    Lady A

    Little Big Town

    Midland

    Old Dominion

    Rascal Flatts

    Old Dominion has two nominations

    Old Dominion has two nominations 

     

    Vocal Duo of the Year

    Brooks & Dunn

    Brothers Osborne

    Dan + Shay

    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

    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

    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

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Fiddleist Jenee Fleenor is nominated for Musician of the Year

     

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