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Maren Morris lands a triple win at CMA Awards

New mom Maren Morris tripled up at the 2020 CMA Awards on Wednesday night (November 11, 2020), landing top honors.

The singer claimed Single of the Year and Song of the Year for The Bones, and was crowned Female Vocalist of the Year over the likes of Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

Eric Church was another big winner, taking home the coveted Entertainer of the Year title after seven-time honoree Garth Brooks requested the withdrawal of his name to give someone else a shot at picking up the prestigious prize.

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During his acceptance speech, Church urged musicians to come together and unite fans to overcome the coronavirus crisis.

“I believe this: it’s gonna be music that brings us out of this. That is the one thing that is gonna save the entire world,” he told his socially-distanced peers at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee as he reflected on the tough year.

“Politicians are about division, and music is about unity, and I promise you it’s gonna take everybody in this room to unite.”

Meanwhile, Luke Combs was a double winner after landing Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for What You See Is What You Get, and Morgan Wallen received a career boost with the New Artist of the Year award weeks after he was forced to pull out of a Saturday Night Live appearance following an ill-advised mask-less appearance at a party.

Dierks Bentley opened the ceremony with a Charlie Daniels tribute, which also featured the Brothers Osborne, Ashley McBryde, and Jason Aldean, who covered the late legend’s The Devil Went Down to Georgia, while Little Big Town remembered Kenny Rogers, and Jon Pardi delivered a tribute to Joe Diffie, who lost his coronavirus battle in March.

Other performance highlights came from Lifetime Achievement honoree Charley Pride and Jimmie Allen, Vocal Duo of the Year winners Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber, and co-hosts Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker, who teamed up for a rendition of Elvis Presley’s In the Ghetto in memory of songwriter Mac Davis, who passed away in September.

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The list of winners at the 54th Annual Country Music Association Awards is:

Entertainer of the Year:
Eric Church

Single of the Year:
The Bones – Maren Morris

Album of the Year:
What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs

Song of the Year:
The Bones – Maren Morris

Female Vocalist of the Year:
Maren Morris

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Male Vocalist of the Year:
Luke Combs

Vocal Group of the Year:
Old Dominion

Vocal Duo of the Year:
Dan + Shay

Musical Event of the Year:
I Hope You’re Happy Now – Carly Pearce and Lee Brice

Musician of the Year:
Jenee Fleenor, fiddle

Music Video of the Year:
Bluebird – Miranda Lambert

New Artist of the Year:
Morgan Wallen

2020 Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award:
Charley Pride

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