Article Nov 07, 2016

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Garth Brooks named Entertainer of the Year at 2016 CMA Awards

Garth Brooks reclaimed his crown as the king of country music on Wednesday night (02Nov16) after picking up the coveted Entertainer of the Year prize at the CMA Awards in Nashville, Tennessee.

The veteran's big win prevented Luke Bryan from claiming the trophy for a third successive year.

It was also a big night for double winner Chris Stapleton, who was named Male Vocalist of the Year, and the ceremony's co-host Carrie Underwood, who took home the Best Female Vocalist of the Year award.

And there were also tributes to Kenny Chesney and Dolly Parton, who picked up the Pinnacle Award and Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, respectively.

The big event kicked off with a salute to 50 years of country classics, performed by the likes of Vince Gill, co-host Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Reba McEntire and Underwood, who belted out her rendition of Tammy Wynette's Stand By Your Man.

Dwight Yoakam, Alabama, Alan Jackson, and Charlie Daniels were also part of the 50th anniversary hits retrospective, which closed with Randy Travis taking the stage for his first major appearance since suffering a stroke in 2013. All the hitmakers joined him for an emotional performance of his hit Forever and Ever, Amen.

Other performance highlights included the reunited Brooks & Dunn's collaboration with Jason Aldean, and singer-songwriter Kelsea Ballerini wowed the crowd at the Bridgestone Arena with her hit Peter Pan. Meanwhile, Entertainer of the Year winner Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood recalled some of the genre's most famous duets, beginning with Johnny and June Carter Cash's Jackson and including Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty's Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man, and George Jones and Tammy Wynette's Golden Ring.

Other highlights included Elle King and Dierks Bentley's performance of their Musical Event of the Year-winning tune Different For Girls, and Little Big Town's live debut of their Taylor Swift-penned song Better Man.

But Beyonce stole the show as she performed her country-themed tune Daddy Lessons with the Dixie Chicks.

The R&B superstar's appearance was rumoured earlier in the day and confirmed via tweet by Paisley, but the Dixie Chicks were a big surprise. The trio has been performing a cover of Beyonce's track live.

The full list of 2016 CMA Awards winners is:

Entertainer of the Year

Garth Brooks

Album of the Year

Mr. Misunderstood - Eric Church

Single of the Year

Die a Happy Man - Thomas Rhett

Song of the Year

Humble and Kind - Tim McGraw

Male Vocalist of the Year

Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist of the Year

Carrie Underwood

New Artist of the Year

Maren Morris

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brothers Osborne

Vocal Group of the Year

Little Big Town

Music Video of the Year

Fire Away - Chris Stapleton

Musical Event of the Year

Different For Girls - Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King

Musician of the Year

Dann Huff (Guitar)

Pinnacle Award

Kenny Chesney

Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award

Dolly Parton