49th Annual Country Music Association Awards

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49th Annual Country Music Association Awards
DateNovember 4, 2015
LocationBridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Hosted byBrad Paisley
Carrie Underwood
Most awardsChris Stapleton (3)
Most nominationsMiranda Lambert (4)
Television/radio coverage
Viewership13.62 million
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The 49th Annual Country Music Association Awards were held on November 4, 2015, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and was hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, marking their eighth year as co-hosts.

The nominations for the 49th CMA Awards were announced on September 9, 2015, on Good Morning America by Steven Tyler and Kelsea Ballerini.[1]

Winners and nominees

The winners are in Bold.

Entertainer of the Year Album of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year Female Vocalist of the Year
Vocal Group of the Year Vocal Duo of the Year
Single of the Year Song of the Year
New Artist of the Year Musician of the Year
Music Video of the Year Musical Event of the Year

Special Recognition Awards

Award Recipient Ref
Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award Johnny Cash (posthumus) [2]
Joe Talbot Award George Jones (posthumus) [2]


Performer(s) Song(s)
Keith Urban "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16"
Little Big Town "Girl Crush"
Chris Stapleton
Justin Timberlake
"Tennessee Whiskey"
"Drink You Away"
Maddie & Tae "Girl in a Country Song"
Miranda Lambert "Bathroom Sink"
Blake Shelton "Gonna"
Kacey Musgraves Dime Store Cowgirl
Eric Church Mr. Misunderstood
Carrie Underwood "Smoke Break"
Thomas Rhett
Fall Out Boy
"Crash And Burn"
"Uma Thurman"
Brooks & Dunn
Reba McEntire
"Why Haven't I Heard From You?"
"Play Something Country"
Sam Hunt "Take Your Time"
Jason Aldean "Gonna Know We Were Here"
Luke Bryan "Strip It Down"
John Mellencamp
Keith Urban
"Pink Houses"
Kelsea Ballerini "Love Me Like You Mean It"
Kenny Chesney "Save It For a Rainy Day"
Hank Williams, Jr
Eric Church
"Are You Ready For the Country?"
Dierks Bentley
Lindsey Stirling
Pentatonix Tribute to Oak Ridge Boys
Zac Brown Band "Beautiful Drug"
Florida Georgia Line "Confession"
Brad Paisley "Country Nation"


Presenter(s) Award
Edie Brickell and Steve Martin Single of the Year
Betty Cantrell and Darius Rucker Song of the Year
Cole Swindell, Heather O'Reilly, and Megan Rapinoe Vocal Duo of the Year
Pentatonix Vocal Group of the Year
Lee Ann Womack and Keifer Sutherland Album of the Year
Brett Eldredge and Cam New Artist of the Year
Charles Kelley and Hannah Davis Female Vocalist of the Year
Erika Christensen and Jennifer Nettles Male Vocalist of the Year
Reba McEntire Entertainer of the Year


  1. ^ "2015 CMA Awards Nominees Revealed in Full: See the Complete List". Billboard. 9 September 2015.