Here’s the Shortlist for Tonight’s CMA Awards (Updated with Winners)

Some decent americana-y musicians in here including Jerry Douglas.  Good luck Jerry!  Rolling Stone reports: “The 50th annual CMA Awards are set to award country’s top artists later this evening, but two trophies have already been presented this morning: Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year. After performing on Good Morning America in downtown Nashville, Dierks Bentley was announced as the winner of Musical Event of the Year along with Elle King in recognition of their duet Different for Girls.”  GMA anchor Lara Spencer delivered the news during Wednesday’s telecast, inviting Bentley to the stage to accept the trophy. The singer then briefly introduced the song’s co-writer, CMA Award winner Shane McAnally, who penned the thought-provoking tune with J.T. Harding. Now a three-time CMA winner, Bentley goes into tonight’s live telecast with three additional nominations, including Male Vocalist and Album of the Year for Black. The win is King’s first.

Chris Stapleton’s “Fire Away” was named Music Video of the Year. Directed by Tim Mattia, the video’s challenging storyline depicts a young couple in crisis, as the woman twice attempts suicide.

Stapleton is also up for Entertainer, Male Vocalist and Single of the Year for “Nobody to Blame.”

The 50th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, air live from Nashville tonight, beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC. (Winners in bold below)

Entertainer of the Year
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban

Album of the Year
Black – Dierks Bentley
Hero – Maren Morris
Mr. Misunderstood – Eric Church
Ripcord – Keith Urban
Storyteller – Carrie Underwood

Single of the Year
“Die a Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett
“Humble and Kind” – Tim McGraw
“My Church” – Maren Morris
“Nobody to Blame” – Chris Stapleton
“Record Year” – Eric Church

Song of the Year
“Burning House”- Cam
“Die a Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett
“Humble and Kind” – Tim McGraw
“My Church” – Maren Morris
“Record Year” – Eric Church

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Eric Church
Tim McGraw
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

New Artist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Brothers Osborne
Maren Morris
Old Dominion
Cole Swindell

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Joey + Rory
Maddie & Tae

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

Music Video of the Year
“Burning House” – Cam
“Fire Away” – Chris Stapleton
“Humble and Kind” – Tim McGraw
“Record Year” – Eric Church
“Somewhere on a Beach” – Dierks Bentley

Musical Event of the Year
“Different For Girls” – Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King
“Home Alone Tonight” – Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild
“The Fighter” – Keith Urban (featuring Carrie Underwood)
“Think of You” – Chris Young (duet with Cassadee Pope)
“You Are My Sunshine” – Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton

Musician of the Year
Jerry Douglas (Dobro/Lap Steel Guitar)
Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
Dann Huff (Guitar)
Brent Mason (Guitar)
Derek Wells (Guitar)

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