53rd Annual Country Music Association Awards

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53rd Annual Country Music Association Awards
DateNovember 13, 2019
LocationBridgestone Arena
Nashville, Tennessee
Hosted byCarrie Underwood
Reba McEntire (Special Guest)
Dolly Parton (Special Guest)
Most awardsLuke Combs
Kacey Musgraves (2 each)
Most nominationsMaren Morris (6)
Television/radio coverage
Viewership11.27 million[1]
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Garth Brooks, Entertainer of the Year, the highest honor of the ceremony.
Album of the Year recipient, Maren Morris.
Luke Combs, recipient of Male Vocalist and Song of the Year.
Kacey Musgraves, Female Vocalist of the Year.
Dan + Shay, Vocal Duo of the Year.
Old Dominion, Vocal Group of the Year.
Single of the Year recipient, Blake Shelton.
Ashley McBryde, New Artist of the Year.

53rd Annual Country Music Association Awards were held on November 13, 2019, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.[2] The ceremony recognizes some of the best country music released during the eligibility period. Carrie Underwood hosted the event with special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, celebrating legendary women in country music.[3] "In addition to awarding the year's best and brightest in the genre, the 53rd Annual CMA Awards will celebrate the legacy of women within country music, and we couldn't think of a more dynamic group of women to host the show." said CMA CEO Sarah Trahern.[4] For the first time in CMA history, women were nominated in every category, except Male Vocalist of the Year. However, when all was said and done, the sole female Entertainer of the Year nominee, Carrie Underwood, lost the top honor to Garth Brooks; upsetting fans and leading to Garth Brooks stepping down from the category the following year.[5]

Winners and nominees[edit]

The CMA Awards nominees were announced live on Good Morning America by Jimmie Allen, Ashley McBryde, Midland and Morgan Wallen.[6] For the 53rd CMA Awards, an artist must have released work in the eligibility period which ran from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019.[7] On November 6, 2019, Kris Kristofferson was revealed to be the recipient of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.[8]

Winners were denoted in Bold.[3][9]

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
Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award

International Awards[edit]

Award Recipient
International Artist Achievement Award Kacey Musgraves
International Country Broadcaster Award Baylen Leonard
Jo Walker-Meador International Award Susan Heymann
Jeff Walker Global Country Artist Award Travis Collins and Ward Thomas


Artist(s) Song(s)
Carrie Underwood
Gretchen Wilson
Reba McEntire
Dolly Parton
Karen Fairchild
Kimberly Schlapman
Jennifer Nettles
The Highwomen
Tanya Tucker
Crystal Gayle
Terri Clark
Sara Evans
Martina McBride
Tribute to the Women of Country
"Those Memories of You"
"You're Lookin' at Country"
"Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad"
"Delta Dawn"
"Redneck Woman"
"Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue"
"Better Things to Do"
"Born to Fly"
"Independence Day"
Dan + Shay "Speechless"
Miranda Lambert "It All Comes Out in the Wash"
Reba McEntire "Fancy"
Chris Stapleton
"Love Me Anyway"
Old Dominion "One Man Band"
Carrie Underwood "Drinking Alone"
Luke Combs "Beer Never Broke My Heart"
Kelsea Ballerini "Homecoming Queen?"
Kelsea Ballerini
Lindsay Ell
Runaway June
Maddie & Tae
Ashley McBryde
Carly Pearce
Little Big Town
"Girl Crush"
Lady Antebellum
"What If I Never Get Over You"
Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
"Hard Workin' Man"
Maren Morris "Girl"
Blake Shelton
Jenee Fleenor
"God's Country"
Thomas Rhett "Remember You Young"
Dolly Parton
For King & Country
Zach Williams
"God Only Knows"
"There Was Jesus"
Keith Urban "We Were"
Dierks Bentley
Sheryl Crow
Chris Janson
John Osborne
Joe Walsh
Tribute to Kris Kristofferson
"Me and Bobby McGee"
Eric Church "Some of It"
Kacey Musgraves
Willie Nelson
"Rainbow Connection"
Garth Brooks
Blake Shelton
"Dive Bar"


Presenter(s) Award
Lara Spencer and Deana Carter Single of the Year
Jennifer Nettles and Kristin Chenoweth Song of the Year
Blanco Brown and Jim Gaffigan New Artist of the Year
Jimmie Allen and Midland Vocal Duo of the Year
Hannah Brown, Cody Johnson and Morgan Wallen Vocal Group of the Year
Bobby Bones and Joe Walsh Album of the Year
Trisha Yearwood Male Vocalist of the Year
Janie Fricke, Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride and Pam Tillis Female Vocalist of the Year
Reese Witherspoon Entertainer of the Year


  • Carrie Underwood returned as host for her twelfth time; however, she was not joined by Brad Paisley for this year's show. Following the broadcast, Underwood announced that she would be stepping down as the host for the 54th CMA Awards.[10]
  • Jenee Fleenor was the first female ever to be nominated for Musician of the Year and subsequently became the first female to win the award.[11]
  • Kris Kristofferson was unable to accept his Lifetime Achievement Award in person because he had a prior commitment to play a show on the same night.[12]


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