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CMA Awards logoThe 2018 CMA Awards presentation was a star-studded 3-hour telecast that aired on ABC on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 beginning at 8PM ET live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

Hosting the 2018 show was none other than country superstars Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley who marked their 11th consecutive year co-hosting the show.

Chris Stapleton led the pack with seven nominations including Album, Male Vocalist, Song, Single and Entertainer of the Year. Following Statpleton were Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban with four nominations each.

Performers on awards night included show opener Luke Bryan singing his hit single "What Makes You Country", along with more live performances by co-host Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line with Bebe Rexha, Kacey Musgraves, Pistol Annies, Thomas Rhett, Dan + Shay, Old Dominion. Jason Aldean with Miranda Lambert, Garth Brooks, Luke Combs, Midland, and Brett Young.

carrie underwood and braid paisley host the CMA awards
And we were happy to have 'em: Brad Paisley and
and Carrie Underwood hosted the CMA Awards
for the 11th consecutive year in 2018.

Presenters for the 2018 CMA Awards included Jimmy Allen, Bobby Bones, Kane Brown, Sharna Burgess, Olivia Culpo, Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms star Mackenzie Foy, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride, Carly Pearce, Dennis Quaid, Lionel Richie, Noah Schnapp, Rita Wilson, and Trisha Yearwood.

Just up ahead, check out all the nominees and winners at the 2018 CMA Awards, along with CMA Awards trivia & fun facts and related resources around the web:


also see -> CMT Awards

For the record -- CMA Awards fun facts & trivia

CMA trophy• The CMA trophy stands 15-inches tall, weighs 7.5 lbs., and is made of hand-blown fine crystal in Florence, Italy, with final assembly by Francis & Lusky in Nashville, Tennesse. 

• The CMA awards' humble beginnings began in 1967 at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium in an untelevised ceremony. The Entertainer of the Year award went to Eddie Arnold.

• For many years the CMA's was hosted at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry and except for one year (2005 when they were held at Madison Square Garden in New York City), Music City has remained its home. Today, the CMAs are traditionally held at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

• Vince Gill still holds the record as longest concurrent host from 1992 to 2003, followed by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley who have co-hosted the ceremonies together since 2008.

• The most honored artist in CMA history is singer George Strait, with 82 nominations and a record 22 wins.

• In 1972, the legendary Loretta Lynn became the first female ever to win CMA's Entertainer of the Year award.

• Only one duo has won CMA Entertainer of the Year. It was Brooks & Dunn in 1996.

More about the CMA Awards around the Web:

Below, check out complete Web coverage of the CMA's with video and audio reports, pictures, lists of presenters, CMA trivia, and more facts and info on the superstars of country music ....

CMA Awards - The official site, with a look at this year's awards and Hall of Fame inductees, and last year's winners including behind the scenes photos, clips, red carpet appearances, presenters, performances, and a database of CMA winners, facts and info dating back to 1967. - CMA Awards - The official broadcaster with the complete schedule, list of nominees and winners, and more as awards night draws near.

Country Music Association Awards - Wikipedia entry with general background info, a complete list of winners year by year, related links.

2018 CMA Awards Nominees & * Winners

Entertainer of the Year

* Keith Urban
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist of the Year

* Carrie Underwood
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves

Male Vocalist of the Year

* Chris Stapleton
Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Keith Urban

Album of the Year

* Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves (Producers: Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian and Kacey Musgraves)
From a Room Vol. 2, Chris Stapleton (Producers: Dave Cobb and Chris Stapleton)
Graffiti U, Keith Urban (Producers: Keith Urban, Dan McCarroll, JR Rotem, Josh Kerr, Jason Evigan, Greg Wells, Benny Blanco, Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, Jesse Shatkin, Jimmy Robbins, Oscar Holter, Matt Rad, Eric Valentine, Ian Kirkpatrick, Mike Elizondo, Captain Cuts, Ross Copperman, Dann Huff and Peter Karlsson)
Life Changes, Thomas Rhett (Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Joe London and Thomas Rhett)
The Mountain, Dierks Bentley (Producers: Ross Copperman, Jon Randall Stewart and Arturo Buenahora Jr.)

New Artist of the Year

* Luke Combs

Lauren Alaina
Chris Janson
Brett Young

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)
* "Broken Halos" Chris Stapleton (Chris Stapleton, Mike Henderson)
"Body Like a Back Road," Sam Hunt (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
"Drowns the Whiskey," Jason Aldean with Miranda Lambert (Josh Thompson, Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton)
"Drunk Girl," Chris Janson (Chris Janson, Scooter Caruso, Tom Douglas)
"Tequila," Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers, Nicole Gallyon, Jordan Reynolds)

Single of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s))

* "Broken Halos" Chris Stapleton (Producers: Dave Cobb and Chris Stapleton; Mix Engineer: Vance Powell)
"Drinkin' Problem," Midland (Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne; Mix Engineer: Justin Niebank)
"Drowns the Whiskey," Jason Aldean Feat. Miranda Lambert (Producer: Michael Knox; Mix Engineer: Jeff Braun)
"Meant to Be," Bebe Rexha Feat. Florida Georgia Line (Producer: Willshire; Mix Engineer: Serban Ghenea)
"Tequila," Dan + Shay (Producer: Scott Hendricks and Dan Smyers; Mix Engineer: Jeff Juliano)

Vocal Group of the Year

* Old Dominion
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town

Vocal Duo of the Year

* Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

Musical Event of the Year

* "Everything’s Gonna Be Alright," David Lee Murphy with Kenny Chesney
"Burning Man," Dierks Bentley with Brothers Osborne
"Dear Hate," Maren Morris with Vince Gill
"Drowns the Whiskey," Jason Aldean with Miranda Lambert
"Meant to Be," Bebe Rehxa with Florida Georgia Line

Music Video of the Year

* "Marry Me," Thomas Rhett (Director: TK McKamy)
"Babe," Sugarland Feat. Taylor Swift (Director: Anthony Mandler)
"Cry Pretty," Carrie Underwood (Director: Randee St. Nicholas)
"Drunk Girl," Chris Janson (Director: Jeff Venable)
"Tequila," Dan + Shay (Director: Patrick Tracy)

Musician of the Year

* Mac McAnally
Jerry Douglas
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Derek Wells

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