Country Music’s Biggest Night @CMAs 2021!


Luke Combs won entertainer of the year at The 55th Annual CMA Awards and Chris Stapleton took him six trophies including male vocalist of the year. Chris Stapleton proved why Adele called him her “dream collaborator” with his soulful performance with Jennifer Hudson.

Country music’s biggest night was hosted by American Idol judge Luke Bryan LIVE from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on ABC.  All eyes were on Carrie Underwood after her side-eye reaction to Luke Bryan’s ‘immunized’ joke went viral. 

Carrie Underwood performed the hit love song “If I Didn’t Love You” with Jason Aldean, but one of the sweetest performances was four-time CMA Awards nominee Gabby Barrett singing her chart-topping hit “The Good Ones” with her husband Cade Foehner playing guitar.  They met on American Idol and he’s been supporting her rise to country stardom.  

Another show-stopping moment was Mickey Guyton’s empowering performance of her song “Love My Hair” featuring Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards all rocking natural hair.  They were introduced by a young girl Faith Fennidy who inspired the song after being sent home from school in Louisiana because her braided hair violated school policy.

Jimmie Allen’s and Carly Pearce both got emotional  after winning best Male and Female Vocalist.  

Brothers Osborne won Best Vocal Duo and T. J. Osborne kissed his Boyfriend on his way to his acceptance speech after coming out earlier this year. 

New Artist BRELAND and HARDY, performed with Dierks Bentley as well as Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban also performing on the CMA stage.  

Here’s a look at the top winners:

Entertainer of the Year: Luke Combs

Female Vocalist of the Year: Carly Pearce

Male Vocalist of the Year: Chris Stapleton

Vocal Group of the Year: Old Dominion

Vocal Duo of the Year: Brothers Osborne

New Artist of the Year: Jimmie Allen

Musician of the Year: Jenee Fleenor

The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television.  

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Check out our special new episode of California Life where we get all the fashion insights plus a look at the top winners and a special performance by our very own Avalynn straight from Grammy camp. See why Dolly’s coat of many colors still resinates today, and finally, find out the latest on Clay Walker and Lee Brice. All of this now airing on California Life!