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CMA Awards Down Over 30 Percent From 2017, Hit All-Time Low

16 November 2018

Urban also expressed how shocked he was to win the coveted award during his acceptance speech.

All five nominees sat still as presenter Lionel Richie added a dramatic pause to his presentation - a pause that allowed for shouts of "Chris Stapleton!" and "Eric Church!" from the crowd.

Hosts Brad Paisley, left, and Carrie Underwood appear at the 52nd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. Seriously, Carrie give me a little baby hint.

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

"Tonight let's celebrate their lives". "I feel very grateful that I get to do what I do. Let the music unite us with love", Brooks said.

Cristiano Ronaldo is 'engaged'
Novak Djokovic was watched by the Juventus Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo , during his opening match of the ATP World Tour Finals. Alexander Zverev, who is placed second, also has one win to his name but is behind Djokovic on the game conceded ratio.

On a male-dominated night, Kacey Musgraves, 30, won her first big CMA prize, taking home album of the year for Golden Hour. "Thank you country music family.It's all about family around here".

There was also a tribute to late movie star Burt Reynolds by country group Midland, who performed a cover of Jerry Reed's East Bound & Down from the soundtrack to 1977's Smokey and the Bandit.

Veteran performer Ricky Skaggs, right, was joined by a host of others, including co-host Brad Paisley, on-stage.

Underwood kept the positive and uplifting theme going when she gave a rousing performance of her song "Love Wins". "I know that you root for everybody, you're glad that everybody's there, you're glad your friends are nominated for things, but I just try to think who's killing it, who's crushing it this year".

CMA Awards Down Over 30 Percent From 2017, Hit All-Time Low