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Thomas Rhett, Kenny Chesney & David Lee Murphy Take Home CMA Awards

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  • November 14, 2018
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To help kick off the exciting day, Thomas Rhett, Kenny Chesney and David Lee Murphy are announced the first official winners of the 2018 CMA Awards!

Written by: MegaCountry Staff. Photo Credit: Jason Kempin/ACMA2018, Getty Images


To help kick off festivities for the 52nd Country Music Awards, the first winners were announced on Good Morning America, early Wednesday morning, November 14.



The announced winners include David Lee Murphy and Kenny Chesney, who won for the Musical Event of the Year for their collaboration on “Everything’s Going To Be Alright,” and Thomas Rhett, who won for Music Video of the Year for his emotional single “Marry Me." The remaining awards will be announced during tonights CMA Awards, airing live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena at 8PM ET. on ABC.

Check out the full list on nominees and winners is below!

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Single of the Year

“Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton
Producer(s): Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
Mix Engineer(s): Vance Powell

“Drinkin’ Problem” – Midland
Producer(s): Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
Mix Engineer(s): Justin Niebank

“Drowns the Whiskey” – Jason Aldean (Feat. Miranda Lambert)
Producer(s): Michael Knox
Mix Engineer(s): Jeff Braun

“Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
Producer(s): Willshire
Mix Engineer(s): Serban Ghenea

“Tequila” – Dan + Shay
Producer(s): Scott Hendricks, Dan Smyers
Mix Engineer(s): Jeff Juliano

Male Vocalist of the Year

Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year

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

New Artist of the Year

Lauren Alaina
Luke Combs
Chris Janson
Midland
Brett Young

Album of the Year 

“From A Room: Volume 2” – Chris Stapleton
Producer(s): Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton  

“Golden Hour” – Kacey Musgraves
Producer(s): Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian, Kacey Musgraves

“Graffiti U” – Keith Urban
Producer(s): Keith Urban, Dan McCarroll, J.R. 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, Peter Karlsson

“Life Changes” – Thomas Rhett
Producer(s): Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett

“The Mountain” – Dierks Bentley
Producer(s): Ross Copperman, Jon Randall Stewart, Arturo Buenahora Jr.

Song of the Year 

“Body Like A Back Road”
Songwriter(s): Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

“Broken Halos”
Songwriter(s): Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton

“Drowns the Whiskey”
Songwriter(s): Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton, Josh Thompson

“Drunk Girl”
Songwriter(s): Scooter Carusoe, Tom Douglas, Chris Janson

“Tequila”
Songwriter(s): Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers

Vocal Group of the Year 

Lady Antebellum  
LANCO
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion

Musical Event of the Year 

“Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley Feat. Brothers Osborne
“Dear Hate” – Maren Morris (Feat. Vince Gill)
“Drowns the Whiskey” – Jason Aldean (Feat. Miranda Lambert)
(WINNER) “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” – David Lee Murphy (with Kenny Chesney)
“Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

Musician of the Year 

Jerry Douglas (Dobro)
Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
Dann Huff (Guitar)
Mac McAnally (Guitar)
Derek Wells (Guitar)

Music Video of the Year 

“Babe” – Sugarland (featuring Taylor Swift)
Director(s): Anthony Mandler

“Cry Pretty” – Carrie Underwood
Director(s): Randee St. Nicholas

“Drunk Girl”– Chris Janson
Director(s): Jeff Venable

(WINNER) “Marry Me” – Thomas Rhett
Director(s): TK McKamy

“Tequila” – Dan + Shay
Director(s): Patrick Tracy

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