Luke Bryan won Entertainer of the Year for the second year in a row at the 49th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday night, November 4, during a music-filled ceremony that aired on ABC and was hosted for the eighth time by past CMA champs Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.
However, breakout singer Chris Stapleton was unexpectedly the big winner of the night, sweeping all three of his categories. We anticipated his win for New Artist of the Year, but he also pulled off upsets for Album of the Year ("Traveller"), where we had ranked him last with odds of 22/1, and Male Vocalist of the Year, where we had him trailing in fourth place with odds of 14/1. Between those wins and his show-stopping duet with Justin Timberlake, Stapleton had arguably the best night of any artist in attendance.
Meanwhile, Little Big Town won two of their five nominations: Single of the Year ("Girl Crush") for the second time and Vocal Group of the Year for the fourth year in a row. "Girl Crush" also won Song of the Year, which was awarded to songwriters Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose.
Miranda Lambert already held the record for most Female Vocalist of the Year victories at the CMAs, but she broke it again with her sixth straight win.
Florida Georgia Line continued their CMA domination of the Vocal Duo race, taking it for the third year in a row. They bested Maddie and Tae in that contest, but Maddie and Tae didn't go away empty handed: the newcomers won Music Video of the Year for "Girl in a Country Song."
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