Male Vocalist of the Year: Chris Stapleton
Musician of the Year: Dann Huff
Female Vocalist of the Year: Carrie Underwood
Pinnacle Award: Kenny Chesney
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
Vocal Duo of the Year: Brothers Osbourne
Album of the Year: Eric Church, Mr. Misunderstood
New Artist of the Year: Maren Morris
Song of the Year: Lori McKenna, "Humble and Kind"
Single of the Year: Thomas Rhett, "Die a Happy Man"
Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award: Dolly Parton
Music Video of the Year: Chris Stapleton and Tim Mattia, "Fire Away"
Musical Event of the Year: Dierks Bentley and Elle King, "Different for Girls"
For the first time, Miranda Lambert didn't win any awards and Carrie Underwood came through as Female Vocalist Of The Year on the strength of her last album which might have been her best.
But the surprise might have been Luke Bryan not winning the awards as Garth Brooks took home entertainer of the year and the Brothers Osborne upset bro country Florida Georgia Line for Vocal Duo Of The Year. Chris Stapleton got two awards including Male Vocalist Of The Year instead of Bryan. Perhaps the CMAs are tired of the bro country acts and Luke Bryan or Sam Hunt. I heard good things about Maren Morris, who had a sizeable hit with My Church.
It's debatable Beyonce stole the CMA's with her performance, and I can't verify that. I was at work and paid more attention to the Cubs/Indians WS game 7 (which that blog will be coming out soon) but you can read more about the happenings here: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/country/7564871/cma-awards-2016-performances-ranked
But give Beyonce credit for giving the CMA's the return of the Dixie Chicks. Probably is the number 1 rated highlight of an evening that may have been the beginning of the end of the bro country FGL and Mr. Bryan.
Or one could only hope.