Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, and Chris Stapleton are just some of the biggest winners of the 2017 Country Music Association Awards. Apart from that, there were some shocking and unforgettable moments caught on camera that surely made the night more extraordinary.
This year’s CMA Awards was all about unity. Straying away from all the nasty politics (but save for the occasional President Trump jokes), the artists present in the event joined forces in encouraging the everybody to stand together. This was done particularly in remembrance of the recent and tragic Las Vegas shootout that took hundreds of innocent lives and injured 58 individuals.
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley co-hosted the awarding night once again and did not fail to deliver pure, satisfying entertainment to the audience. Having hosted the CMAs for over a decade now, the amusing duo has perfected their comedic timing and delivery. They have formed a unique kind of chemistry that kept the whole show together in sync, even after shifting from a solemn Las Vegas homage to the traditional exchange of country song parodies, exciting performances, and heart-stopping awarding moments.
At the start of the show, Carrie Underwood remarked how 2017 was filled with so many tragic events that left a huge impact on countless lives, specifically in country music.
“Tonight, we’re going to do what families do. Come together, pray together, cry together and sing together, too.“
Meanwhile, Karen Fairchild from Little Big Town reiterated Underwood’s call for unity during her band’s acceptance speech for winning Vocal Group of the Year.
“Kindness is an attractive quality. We actually could change the way things are going, we just have to step out and be together.”
Below is the complete list of all the winners of the 2017 CMA Awards:
From A Room: Vol. 1
Produced by Dave Cobb and Stapleton
- Entertainer of the Year
- Female Vocalist
- Male Vocalist
- Musical Event
“Funny How Time Slips Away”
Glen Campbell featuring Willie Nelson
- Music Video
“It Ain’t My Fault”
Directors: Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver
- New Artist
- Single of the Year
“Blue AIn’t Your Color”
Produced by Dann Huff
Mix Engineered by Chris Lord-Alge
- Song of the Year
- Vocal Duo
- Vocal Group
Little Big Town
Aside from the big wins, there was also a huge dose of unexpected performances, both good and bad. Among the good ones are Carrie Underwood’s compellingly stunning Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling for the show’s In Memoriam segment. The segment featured a slideshow of country artists who passed this year, including photos of the Las Vegas murder victims. Brothers Osborne also rocked the house and electrified the audience as they sang Tulsa Time, and It Ain’t My Fault. They were insanely good onstage that Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, and Keith Urban all couldn’t help but get up from their seats and start dancing. Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, and Keith Urban collaborated during the opening medley to sing Hold My Hand, followed by the breathtaking Amazing Grace performance by Eric Church. Miranda Lambert left the audience in owe with the ballad To Learn Her, while Dierks Bentley and the Rascal Flatts combined their talents to deliver a stunning tribute to Glen Campbell and Troy Gentry.
As for the huge shockers and head-shakers, we start with Taylor Swift not attending the awards night due to a rehearsal for Saturday Night Live. The globally renowned singer later tweeted a video of her watching the awarding for Song of the Year on TV.
Another big let-down during the event is something that has mostly been a miss during prestigious awards nights for country artists: the presence of pop stars performing onstage. Yes, Pink is such an awesome and solid artist and she even had a number one hit this year with Kenny Chesney. But she really should have opted to step down the country music stage and instead let other Nashville singers and budding country musicians take the spotlight.
The third and final shocker for the event is Garth Brooks, 2017 Country Music Awards winner for Entertainer of the Year, being caught lip-syncing on cam! Really, after winning Entertainer of the Year, he resorts to mouthing empty words to a vocal track and even fails to let things run smoothly throughout his performance? Big let-down there Mr. Garth!
So much entertainment and unexpected twists have taken place, and our heads are honestly still spinning from all the big and small CMA Awards surprises. Cheers to all the winners, and here’s to hoping the next CMAs will only get better and more meaningful.