The CMA Award Nominees For Musical Event of the Year & First Winners

Of all the CMA Awards categories, none is more intriguing or possibly confusing than “Musical Event of the Year." Essentially, the category is any song or performance featuring a duo who either collaborated on a song or performance together.

This morning, November 8, in a special broadcast of Good Morning America live streamed from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, the same venue as tonight's awards show, the winners of two categories were announced. Kelsea Ballerini, who is up for Female Vocalist of the Year, joined by actress Laura Spencer, presented the award for Music Video of the Year and Musical Event of the Year. Music Video of the Year was awarded to Brothers Osborne and their video accompanying fourth single “It Ain't My Fault" from their debut album Pawn Shop.

An entertaining video no doubt, check it out below:


This year, the five songs nominated for Musical Event of the Year have a total of ten performers, including Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris, Glen Campbell, Willie Nelson, Eric Church, Rhiannon Giddens, Kenny Chesney, Pink, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

Below are the five performances nominated for the award, which would you predict to win today's trophy?

Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris “Craving You":


Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson “Funny How Time Slips Away":


Eric Church featuring Rhiannon Giddens “Kill A Word":


Kenny Chesney featuring Pink “Setting the World on Fire":


Tim McGraw and Faith Hill “Speak to a Girl":


And the winner was…the late, great, Glen Campbell, who teamed up with living legend Willie Nelson. An especially meaningful award, given the country legacy's passing earlier this year.

Congratulations to the first winners of the night! The remainder of the awards will be presented at tonight's (November 8) 51st annual CMA Awards at 8 PM EST on ABC.