51st Annual Country Music Association Awards
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|51st Annual Country Music Association Awards|
|Date||November 8, 2017|
|Location||Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.|
|Hosted by||Brad Paisley |
|Most awards||Chris Stapleton (2)|
|Most nominations||Miranda Lambert (5)|
The 51st Annual Country Music Association Awards, commonly known as the 51st CMA Awards, was held on November 8, 2017, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee and was hosted for the tenth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.
Winners and nominees
Note: The winners are shown 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
The CMA Special Recognition Award recipients were announced on 4 April 2017.
|International Country Broadcaster Award||Bob Harris|
|Jo Walker-Meador International Award||Rob Potts|
|Jeff Walker Global Country Artist Award||The Shires|
|International Artist Achievement Award||Carrie Underwood|
|Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award||Richard Wootton|
The 51st Annual CMA Awards received 14.29 million viewers, the highest ratings since 2014 (which received 16.1 million. Among adults 18–49, the show received a 3.2 rating, up from the 2.9 rating of the previous year.
The ceremony was noted for its parody of political subject matter in awards shows, specifically in the opening monologue by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, who told jokes referencing both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Paisley also performed a parody song about Trump's tweeting habits to the tune of Underwood's hit "Before He Cheats."
Underwood's performance during the in memoriam segment, in which she broke down crying, received acclaim, with many citing it as one of the best and most moving and emotional performances of the night and some declaring it one of the best CMA performances of all time. People.com referred to the performance as "heartbreaking," before describing how Underwood took to the stage to honor country music legends (such as Don Williams, Glen Campbell, Troy Gentry, and Jo Walker-Meador) and the 58 victims of the Las Vegas shooting. In addition, ET called Underwood's performance "beautiful" and "gorgeous," mentioning a statement made by Paisley at the opening of the show about coming together in the face of tragedy.
Garth Brooks, who won the prestigious Entertainer of the Year award, was heavily criticized for lip-syncing during his performance. Of his decision, Brooks stated that "we made a game-time call on whether to sing to a track or lip-sync and we decided to lip-sync it. My voice just isn't going anywhere, and we wanted to represent country music as best we can."
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