Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Chris Stapleton wins big at 2018 CMA Awards

Chris Stapleton wins big at 2018 CMA Awards

Garth Brooks performed his new song "Stronger Than Me" at the 2018 CMA Awards on Wednesday, which marked the first time not only fans got to hear the track, but also his wife of nearly 13 years and fellow country star Trisha Yearwood.

Kelsea Ballerini also impressed with her first live performance of new track Miss Me More, and Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line hit the stage to sing their worldwide hit Meant To Be. I am very grateful that I get to do what I do'.

Garth Brooks remembered those who lost their lives in the deadly mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California, one week ago.

On a male-dominated night, Kacey Musgraves, 30, won her first big CMA prize, taking home album of the year for Golden Hour. "It's inspired by this attractive universe, and all of you, and mostly love".

The 51-year-old actress wrote the sweet congratulatory note on Instagram shortly after Urban won Entertainer of the Year. "Make some noise for those boys".

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Brooks performed a touching new song dedicated to his wife, Trisha Yearwood, who was teary-eyed and was hearing the song for the first time.

Underwood and Paisley returned as CMA hosts for the 11th time this year, telling jokes at the top of the show, which ranged from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's "A Star Is Born" to Underwood's pregnancy.

Since Underwood is pregnant with her second child with husband Mike Fisher, everyone expected some sort of reveal going into Wednesday's 52nd Annual CMA Awards.

"When I vote, I legitimately try to look at who deserves it", she said.

Continuing his tribute, Keith said: 'I think he's watching over me tonight.

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