Author: Anthony Agnelli

Posted November 16th, 2020

McEntire and Rucker Host 54th Annual CMAs

          Wednesday night, November 11th, country music greats Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker hosted the 2020 Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee. The COVID-19 pandemic and the variety of performances made this award show truly unique. Featuring both live and virtual performances, this year’s show honored some of the beloved artists we lost this year. The ceremony began with a powerful tribute to the late Charlie Daniels who passed away this past July. Some of Daniels’ top hits, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “Texas,” “Trudy,” and “Long Haired Country Boy,” were performed by Dierks Bentley, Ashley McBryde, Jason Aldean, and Brothers Osborne. Jon Pardi paid homage to singer Joe Diffie, who passed from Coronavirus complications, with a performance of Diffie’s song “Pickup Man.” Even hosts McEntire and Rucker stepped up to the microphone to give a heartfelt tribute to Mac Davis, passed this past September, singing his famous song “In the Ghetto.” Wednesday night also included performances from Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, and Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber singing their song, “10,000 Hours.” 


On the awards side of the show, a couple of artists had runaway victories. Country singer, Maren Morris stole the show, winning Female Vocalist of the Year and taking Single of the Year and Song of the Year for her, Jimmy Robbins’, and Laura Veltz’s song “The Bones.”  Luke Combs also had a night of victories, snagging Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for his album, “What You See Is What You Get.” 


Other awards won include:


Morgan Wallen - New Artist of the Year

Carly Pearce and Lee Brice: “I Hope You’re Happy Now” - Music Event of the Year”

Eric Church - Entertainer of the Year

Old Dominion - Vocal Group of the Year

Dan + Shay - Vocal Duo of the Year

Miranda Lambert: “Bluebird” - Music Video of the Year

Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle: Musician of the Year