CMA Awards begin with moment of silence


Nevertheless, the CMA Awards were the highest-rated and most-watched program on broadcast last night.

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.

The 51-year-old actress wrote the sweet congratulatory note on Instagram shortly after Urban won Entertainer of the Year.

"We send our love to you", said co-host Carrie Underwood, also mentioning the "brave firefighters".

"God, I love country music, man", said Combs. Thank all of you for coming out and God bless country music. Mike [Fisher], we're all rooting for you, buddy. She noted the "crazy timing" of the win: "I just realized this morning".

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Up against some of the best in the industry, Keith's name was called and the tears were already flowing as he and Nicole shared a long embrace where she said "I love you". They then performed "I'll Take You There", jamming onstage along with a choir.

Dan + Shay, who lost in all four categories they were nominated in, gave an impressive performance of their hit "Tequila". "News" Carissa Culiner on the red carpet before the award ceremony. "I wanna thank my wife for always being my wife and taking care of me and. helping me find the right thing to be and the right thing to do".

Wow. We're still drying our eyes after hearing Garth Brooks' latest song, "Stronger Than Me".

Underwood and Paisley, in their 11th CMA co-hosting gig, steered clear of politics, focusing instead on the proliferation of restaurants opened by country artists and Underwood's accident following last year's awards telecast.

After much pressure from Bradley, Underwood revealed she was expecting a baby boy, commenting, "Oh, my gosh, Willie!"