The 2019 CMA Awards took place on Wednesday, November 13 at 8pm. It was an unforgettable show with inspiring speeches, the power of friendship, and the biggest names in country music celebrating together.
Highlights from 2019 CMA Awards
There were a lot of takeaways from the 53rd Annual CMA Awards. One of the biggest highlights had to be the ode to the women of country music. Icons including Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire graced the stage with other notable women of country music from past to present to sing a medley of songs, among them “Independence Day.”
Another great highlight from the award show was the incredibly talented female fiddler, Jenee Fleenor, a long-time fiddler player for country music singer Blake Shelton and “The Voice” house band. She was the first woman ever to not only get nominated but actually win a CMA award for Musician of the Year, making history, a category the Country Music Association created in 1988.1
As the award show came to a close, actress Reese Witherspoon graced the stage to present the final award for the night, Entertainer of the Year. The winner of the category was Garth Brooks who won over 2019 CMA Awards show presenter Carrie Underwood. This came as a shock as many people hoped Underwood would win the award; she would have been the first woman to win the accolade since 2011.
Before accepting the award, Garth Brooks gave his wife, Trisha Yearwood a kiss before walking on the stage to accept the award. Brooks acknowledged the female acts during his award speech and said,
“If they gave this award for this show tonight, I’d have to give it to Reba McEntire’s performance.”2
Brooks also acknowledged other country signers such as Kelsea Ballerini and Combs, finishing his speech by thanking crew and fans while also telling his wife he loves her.
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