Here’s who took home some hardware at the CMA Awards tonight:
As we have predicted for the past couple of months Eric Church is set to finish 2014 as the top selling country artist. Since the release of his fourth studio album, The Outsiders, has been one of the best selling albums each week.
The album will finish the year with the best first week sales of any country album, beating out Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt and Brantley Gilbert’s Just As I Am. However, the commercial success of The Outsiders stretches beyond country. The record will finish the year with the fourth best opening week sales trailing only Taylor Swift, One Direction, and Coldplay – an impressive feat. It hasn’t just been commercial for Church however as the album has been consistently recognized as one of the best works of the year.
The Outsiders has been nominated for album of the year at shows such as the CMA’s, American Music Awards, and recently took home the award at the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards. For Church, both commercial and critical success, serve as vindication for his doubters; many of whom thought the album was a bit too far outside the scope of country.
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Complete list of all the winners at the 2014 CMA Awards. Congratulations to all the winners.
Musical Event of the Year
“We Were Us” – Keith Urban & Miranda Lambert
Music Video of the Year
“Drunk on a Plane” – Dierks Bentley (Directed by Wes Edwards)
Single of the Year
“Automatic” – Miranda Lambert
Song of the Year
“Follow Your Arrow” – Written by: Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark & Shane McAnally
New Artist of the Year
Vocal Duo of the Year
Florida Georgia Line
Album of the Year
Platinum – Miranda Lambert
Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town
Irving Waugh Award of Excellence
Male Vocalist of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year
Entertainer of the Year
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The CMA Awards air live on Wednesday November 5 at 8pm. Hosted, once again, by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood it’s a show that brings out the best and brightest stars in country music including some impressive performances (complete list here). The night dedicated to the best of country music over the past year will likely morph into a George Strait love fest at some point, before returning to it’s usual format. We’ve outlined all the major awards including who we think will take home each award. Winners of the awards can be found here.