CMA Award Winners 2016: Complete List

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Carrie Underwood accepts and award onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tenn.

The 50th annual CMA Awards have all been handed out!

Garth Brooks was the night’s biggest winner, taking home entertainer of the year from surprise presenter Taylor Swift, but he was hardly the night’s only champ. See below for the full list:

Entertainer of the Year:
WINNER: Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban

Maren Morris performs on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on June 6, 2016.


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Male Vocalist of the Year:
Dierks Bentley
Eric Church
Tim McGraw
WINNER: Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year:
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
WINNER: Carrie Underwood

Vocal Group of the Year:
Lady Antebellum
WINNER: Little Big Town
Old Dominion
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

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Vocal Duo of the Year:
WINNER: Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Joey + Rory
Maddie & Tae

Album of the Year:
Black — Dierks Bentley
WINNER: Mr. Misunderstood — Eric Church
Ripcord — Keith Urban
Storyteller — Carrie Underwood
Hero — Maren Morris

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New Artist of the Year:
Kelsea Ballerini
Brothers Osborne
WINNER: Maren Morris
Old Dominion
Cole Swindell

Song of the Year:
“Burning House” — Cam, Tyler Johnson and Jeff Bhasker
“Die a Happy Man” — Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett and Joe Spargur
WINNER: “Humble and Kind” — Lori McKenna
“My Church” — Busbee and Maren Morris
“Record Year” — Eric Church and Jeff Hyde

Single of the Year:
WINNER: “Die a Happy Man” — Thomas Rhett
“Humble and Kind” — Tim McGraw
“My Church” — Maren Morris
“Record Year” — Eric Church
“Nobody to Blame” — Chris Stapleton

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Musical Event of the Year:
WINNER: “Different For Girls” — Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King
“Home Alone Tonight” — Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild
“The Fighter” — Keith Urban (featuring Carrie Underwood)
“Think of You” — Chris Young (duet with Cassadee Pope)
“You Are My Sunshine” — Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton

Musician of the Year:
Jerry Douglas (dobro/lap steel guitar)
Paul Franklin (steel guitar)
WINNER: Dann Huff (guitar)
Brent Mason (guitar)
Derek Wells (guitar)

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood perform during the opening monologue at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tenn.


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Music Video of the Year:
“Burning House” — Cam; directed by Trey Fanjoy
WINNER: “Fire Away” — Chris Stapleton; directed by Tim Mattia
“Humble and Kind” — Tim McGraw; directed by Wes Edwards
“Record Year” — Eric Church; directed by John Peets and Reid Long
“Somewhere on a Beach” — Dierks Bentley; directed by Wes Edwards

Frank Ocean Ineligible for 2017 Grammy Race Due to Missed Filing Deadline

As per the Billboard News Board,

‘Blonde’ and the “visual album” ‘Endless’ were not submitted for consideration, says a source.

When the Grammy nominees are revealed on Dec. 8, one surefire contender will not be on the list: Frank Ocean, who released two albums — Blonde and the “visual album” Endless — in August. A source confirms to Billboard that neither album was submitted for consideration by Ocean’s labels, management or other reps, even though both were released well before the 2017 Grammy eligibility cutoff date of Sept. 30, 2016.

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Blonde (also known as Blond) — which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the week ending August 25 with 276,000 equivalent-album units, the third-largest total of the year — was released on Ocean’s own Boys Don’t Cry imprint, although many traditional label functions for the still digital-only release were handled by Apple Music. Whether the album was intentionally not submitted for the Grammys or an oversight took place — which may have been the case last year with Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” which also was not submitted — was unclear at press time, although a source close to the situation tells Billboard that Ocean’s team was aware of the deadlines and made the decision.

Reps for Ocean were not immediately available for comment or had not responded to Billboard‘s requests for comment at press time. A rep for the Grammys confirmed that Ocean’s albums had not been submitted for consideration.

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Ocean’s “visual album” Endless, his last release through Def Jam, was not submitted either, but its eligibility is uncertain: It is only available as a long-form streaming video through Apple Music (which renders it ineligible for Billboard’s charts). While it conceivably could have been nominated in a video category, the famously undynamic footage consists entirely of Ocean building a staircase while the album plays, making any sort of visual award unlikely. After an update of Grammy rules in June, streaming-only releases are now eligible for awards, although Endless‘ unusual “visual album” status may complicate that; the Recording Academy had not clarified that question at press time.

The albums were Ocean’s first full-length releases in more than four years. His previous release, Channel Orange, was nominated for five 2013 Grammy Awards and won two: one for Best Urban Contemporary Album, and another for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, for the album track “No Church in the Wild.”  He was also nominated for Album of the Year and Best New Artist, and Record of the Year for “Thinkin Bout You.”

The Grammy Awards will air on Feb. 12, 2017 on CBS.

Andra Day to Receive ‘Powerhouse’ Award at Billboard Women In Music 2016

Andra Day, a vital voice in the singer-songwriter scene and dynamic live performer, will be honored as the recipient of the ‘Powerhouse’ award at Billboard’s 2016 Women In Music event. As per the news by the Billboard Music Board, Day will accept the award for her breathtaking vocal prowess and perform at the Dec. 9 event in New York City, which will be broadcast on Lifetime on Dec. 12.

Inspired by the raw, honest vocal greats of music history (everyone from Billie Holiday to Lauryn Hill), Day saw her 2015 debut album Cheers to the Fall nominated for Best R&B Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards and its single, “Rise Up,” nominated for Best R&B Performance. The motivational “Rise Up” hit No. 6 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart and No. 10 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart, and serves as the theme song for the film We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World, which also stars Meryl Streep, Frieda Pinto and CNN’s Isha Sesay. In addition to performing at the Democratic National Convention in 2016, Day appeared with the legendary Stevie Wonder in an ad for Apple TV last year, performing “Someday at Christmas,” which topped the Billboard & Clio Music Top Commercials chart. Day also earned three BET Awards and an NAACP Award this year.

“Andra Day’s voice, style, stage presence, music and lyrics combine in a way that makes her the very definition of a music powerhouse,” said Janice Min, president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group. “From ‘Rise Up’ to her chart-topping collaboration with Stevie Wonder, she continues to prove her seemingly limitless talent.”

Pandora Jewelry, the official jewelry sponsor of Billboard’s Women in Music, is also partnering with Day for an event to celebrate the singer.

2016’s Women in Music will also honor Madonna, Shania Twain and Halsey. Aside from Day, Halsey will also perform at the 11th annual ceremony. The star-studded event is held in conjunction with the publication of Billboard’s Women in Music list, which identifies the 50 most powerful female executives in the industry each year.