Garth Brooks Has Been Named Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards

Garth Brooks Has Been Named Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards
From TIME - November 8, 2017

Garth Brooks continued his winning streak as entertainer of the year at the 2017 Country Music Association Awards, beating out Luke Bryan and Keith Urban.

Brooks, who has won the top prize six times, also beat Chris Stapleton and Eric Church on Wednesday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

Were a family, he said about the country music community when accepting the honor.

Though he ended the awards show on a happy note, the night was marked by emotional and political moments.

Carrie Underwood broke down while singing during the In Memoriam section after photos of the 58 people who died at a country music festival in Las Vegas were shown. Little Big Towns Kimberly Schlapman quoted Maya Angelou when the foursome won vocal group of the year, while bandmate Karen Fairchild told the audience, Kindness is an attractive quality.

Tonight should be about harmony, about what we can do together to change things, Fairchild said.

That sentiment was present throughout the three-hour show, which aired on ABC.

While paying tribute to Charley Pride, filmmaker Tyler Perry said now is the time we have to all find some common ground. And the show opened with a performance by Church, Urban, Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum honoring the victims of the recent mass shootings, as well as the tens of thousands of people affected by hurricanes in recent months.

Keith Urban earned a rousing applause when he debuted a song called Female, which he said was inspired by the dozens of allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Harvey Weinstein.

The CMA Awards also paid tribute to some of the genres brightest stars who have passed away. Glen Campbell, who died in August, was honored during a touching performance of Wichita Lineman by Little Big Town and Jimmy Webb, who wrote the song.

Rascal Flatts and Dierks Bentley also paid homage to Troy Gentry, one-half of the popular country duo Montgomery Gentry, who died in a helicopter crash in September. Eddie Montgomery later joined in for the performance of My Town, as some audience members sang along with tears in their eyes.

This has been a year marked my tragedyTonight were going to do what families do, come together, pray together, cry together and sing together, too, said Underwood, who co-hosted the show.


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