2015 CMA Awards Winners

Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton perform during the Country Music Association Awards. Photo: CMA/Instagram

Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton perform during the Country Music Association Awards. Photo: CMA/Instagram

Luke Bryan takes home his second Entertainer of the Year trophy at the Country Music Association awards. Photo: CMA

Luke Bryan takes home his second Entertainer of the Year trophy at the Country Music Association awards. Photo: CMA

Chris Stapleton was the man of the evening tonight (Nov. 4), earning Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (for his Dave Cobb-produced project Traveller), and New Artist of the Year. He also had one of the evening’s most sterling performances, a duet with Justin Timberlake.

Luke Bryan earned the Entertainer of the Year honor for a second time at this year’s awards.

The ceremony’s first televised award went to Little Big Town‘s “Girl Crush” in the Single of the Year category, and later in the evening, the song took the Song of the Year honor as well (the award went to writers Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose and Lori McKenna). The quartet picked up a third trophy during the evening, for Vocal Group of the Year.

Little Big Town wins Vocal Group of the Year. Photo: CMA

Little Big Town wins Vocal Group of the Year. Photo: CMA

Duo of the Year went to Florida Georgia Line,while Miranda Lambert was honored with Female Vocalist of the Year. This marks Lambert’s 12th Country Music Association award.

Earlier today on ABC’s Good Morning America, several honors were announced, including Musical Event of the Year, which went to Urban and Church for “Raise ‘Em Up.” Maddie & Tae’s video clip for “Girl in a Country Song” earned Music Video of the Year. TK McKamy directed the video.

On the CMA Awards red carpet, musician Mac McAnally won his eighth straight Musician of the Year honor.

In October the winners of the CMA Broadcast Awards were announced.

Chris Stapleton wins CMA New Artist of the Year. Photo: CMA

Chris Stapleton wins CMA New Artist of the Year. Photo: CMA

Miranda Lambert performs during the CMA awards. Photo: CMA

Miranda Lambert performs during the CMA awards. Photo: CMA

Eric Church performed "Mr. Misunderstood" during the CMA Awards. Photo: CMA

Eric Church performed “Mr. Misunderstood” during the CMA Awards. Photo: CMA

Carrie Underwood performs "Smoke Break" during the CMA Awards. Photo: CMA

Carrie Underwood performs “Smoke Break” during the CMA Awards. Photo: CMA

Full list of 49th Annual CMA Award Nominees (Winners in bold):

Entertainer of the Year
Garth Brooks
Winner: Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Miranda Lambert

Album of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))

Old Boots, New Dirt
Jason Aldean
Produced by Michael Knox
Broken Bow

Pageant Material
Kacey Musgraves
Produced by Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally
Mercury Nashville

Pain Killer
Little Big Town
Produced by Jay Joyce
Capitol Records Nashville

The Big Revival
Kenny Chesney
Produced by Buddy Cannon and Kenny Chesney
Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville

Winner: Traveller
Chris Stapleton
Produced by Dave Cobb and Chris Stapleton
Mercury Nashville

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Winner: Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Winner: Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood
Lee Ann Womack

New Artist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Sam Hunt
Maddie & Tae
Thomas Rhett
Winner: Chris Stapleton

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Winner: Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Winner: Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
Thompson Square

Single of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))

“American Kids”
Kenny Chesney
Produced by Buddy Cannon and Kenny Chesney
Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville

Winner: “Girl Crush”
Little Big Town
Produced by Jay Joyce
Capitol Records Nashville

“I Don’t Dance”
Lee Brice
Produced by Lee Brice
Curb Records

“Take Your Time”
Sam Hunt
Produced Zach Crowell and Shane McAnally
MCA Nashville

“Talladega”
Eric Church
Produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.
EMI Records Nashville

Song of the Year
(Award goes to Songwriter(s))

“American Kids”
Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally

Winner: “Girl Crush”
Liz Rose, Lori McKenna, and Hillary Lindsey

“Like a Cowboy”
Randy Houser and Brice Long

“Like a Wrecking Ball”
Eric Church and Casey Beathard

“Take Your Time”
Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne

Musical Event of the Year
(Award goes to each artist)

Django and Jimmie
Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
Legacy Recordings

“Lonely Tonight”
Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe
Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville

Winner: “Raise ‘Em Up”
Keith Urban featuring Eric Church
Hit Red Records/Capitol Records Nashville

“Smokin’ and Drinkin’”
Miranda Lambert featuring Little Big Town
RCA Nashville

“Wild Child”
Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter
Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville

Video of the Year

“Biscuits”
Kacey Musgraves
Directed by Marc Klasfeld

“Girl Crush”
Little Big Town
Directed by Karla Welch and Matthew Welch

Winner: “Girl in a Country Song”
Maddie & Tae
Directed by TK McKamy

“Little Red Wagon”
Miranda Lambert
Directed by Trey Fanjoy

“Something in the Water”
Carrie Underwood
Directed by Raj Kapoor

Musician of the Year
Sam Bush (Mandolin)
Jerry Douglas (Dobro)
Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
Dann Huff (Guitar)
Winner: Mac McAnally (Guitar)

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