CMA Awards 2021: The full list of nominees and winners
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CMA Awards 2021: The full list of nominees and winners

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Country music’s biggest night crowned the best of the best in industry, but some were left singin’ the blues.

Cowboy hats were aplenty at the Country Music Association Awards Wednesday, delighting fans after the coronavirus pandemic forced the show to be canceled last year.

Musician Luke Bryan hosted the festivities and 20 singers took the stage at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville in celebration. Bryan played double duty as host and performer.

“The pressure that comes along with that can be overwhelming, but knowing I get to help honor and celebrate so many of my friends, I knew it was something I couldn’t turn down,” the 45-year-old crooner said in a statement ahead of the show.

Along with Bryan, A-list performers for the eclectic evening included Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban, Eric Church, Kane Brown, Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood.

Host Luke Bryan speaks on stage during the 55th annual Country Music Association awards.
Host Luke Bryan speaks on stage during the 55th annual Country Music Association awards.
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Here’s a full list of nominees and the winners!

Entertainer of the Year

Eric Church
WINNER: Luke Combs
Miranda Lambert
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood

Luke Combs performs during the 55th Annual Country Music Association Awards.
Luke Combs performs during the 55th Annual Country Music Association Awards.
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Female Vocalist of the Year

Gabby Barrett
Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Maren Morris
WINNER: Carly Pearce

Carly Pearce wins Female Vocalist of the Year award.
Carly Pearce wins Female Vocalist of the Year award.
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Male Vocalist of the Year

Dierks Bentley
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
WINNER: Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton accepts the award for male vocalist of the year at the 55th annual CMA Awards.
Chris Stapleton accepts the award for male vocalist of the year at the 55th annual CMA Awards.
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Single of the Year

“Famous Friends,” Chris Young with Kane Brown
“The Good Ones,” Gabby Barrett
“Hell of a View,” Eric Church
“One Night Standards,” Ashley McBryde
WINNER: “Starting Over,” Chris Stapleton

Miranda Lambert performs performs during the 55th annual Country Music Association awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Miranda Lambert performs during the 55th annual Country Music Association awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
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Album of the Year

29, Carly Pearce
Dangerous: The Double Album, Morgan Wallen
Heart, Eric Church
Skeletons, Brothers Osborne
WINNER: Starting Over, Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton performs "Cold" at the 55th annual CMA Awards.
Chris Stapleton performs “Cold” at the 55th annual CMA Awards.
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Song of the Year

“Forever After All,” Luke Combs
“The Good Ones,” Gabby Barrett
“Hell of a View,” Eric Church
“One Night Standards,” Ashley McBryde
WINNER: “Starting Over,” Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton and Jennifer Hudson perform during the 55th Annual Country Music Association Awards.
Chris Stapleton and Jennifer Hudson perform during the 55th Annual Country Music Association Awards.
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Vocal Group of the Year

Lady A
Little Big Town
Midland
WINNER: Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brooks & Dunn
WINNER: Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

Jimmie Allen poses with his award for New Artist of the Year.
Jimmie Allen poses with his award for New Artist of the Year.
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New Artist of the Year

WINNER: Jimmie Allen
Ingrid Andress
Gabby Barrett
Mickey Guyton
Hardy

Musician of the Year

WINNER: Jenee Fleenor — fiddle
Paul Franklin — steel guitar
Aaron Sterling — drums
Ilya Toshinskiy — banjo
Derek Wells – guitar

Jimmie Allen performs "Freedom Was a Highway" at the 55th annual CMA Awards.
Jimmie Allen performs “Freedom Was a Highway” at the 55th annual CMA Awards.
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Musical Event of the Year

“Buy Dirt,” Jordan Davis and Luke Bryan
“Chasing After You,” Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris
“Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” Elle King and Miranda Lambert
“Famous Friends,” Chris Young with Kane Brown
WINNER: “Half of My Hometown,” Kelsea Ballerini (featuring Kenny Chesney)

Kelsea Ballerini poses with her awards for Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year.
Kelsea Ballerini poses with her awards for Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year.
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Music Video of the Year

“Chasing After You,” Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris
“Famous Friends,” Chris Young with Kane Brown
“Gone,” Dierks Bentley
WINNER: “Half of My Hometown,” Kelsea Ballerini (featuring Kenny Chesney)
“Younger Me,” Brothers Osborne