The CMA Awards 50th Anniversary show kicked off with a medley of various country artists which included awards show hosts, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, in the mix.
Brad Paisley was paired up with Roy Clark, Ricky Skaggs, and Charlie Daniels to perform alongside the icons while Carrie Underwood belted out “Stand By Your Man”. Reba brought her sassy hit, “Fancy” and Alan Jackson performed “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” then all the performers ended the musical moment with “Forever and Ever Amen” with Randy Travis singing his first note on live TV. Travis has been recovering from a stroke that the singer suffered in 2013. Randy Travis and Charlie Daniels are both new inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Maren Morris scored her first CMA Award for New Artist. In an emotional speech, Morris talked about her whirlwind of a year. “Last year I sat across this street, at a bar watching this show.”
Alan Jackson performed “Remember When,” with clips of previous CMA Awards moments from George Jones, Johnny Cash and more played in the background. Jackson was then joined by George Strait to perform “Troubadour”. The combination was pretty emotional for the two icons.
Brothers Osborne also was a big surprise for Duo of the Year, as Florida Georgia Line has claimed the title previously.
But the real excitement came when Beyonce joined The Dixie Chicks on-stage to sing “Daddy Lessons” and a part of the Chicks tune, “Long Time Gone.” The mash-up and live performance execution was exactly what the show needed to bring energy back into the 50th Anniversary.
Carrie Underwood ended Miranda Lambert’s longtime streak by snagging the Female Vocalist of the Year title.
Country singers came together again for another medley, but for iconic Dolly Parton, who received Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement. Lily Tomlin opened up the segment which led into Jennifer Nettles performing with Pentatonix. Reba performed “9 to 5” and Kacey Musgraves on “Here You Come Again”; Carrie Underwood, Martina Mcbride then Reba, Jennifer Nettles and Kacey Musgraves collaborated on “I Will Always Love You,” while a teary eyed Dolly Parton looked on.
2016 CMA Awards Winners:
Entertainer of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
Album of the Year
Mr. Misunderstood, Eric Church
New Artist of the Year
Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)
“Humble and Kind,” Tim McGraw
Single of the Year
“Die a Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett
Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town
Vocal Duo of the Year
Musical Event of the Year
Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King, “Different For Girls”
Music Video of the Year
“Fire Away,” Chris Stapleton
Musician of the Year