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Stapleton, Bentley win early CMA honors

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 – Chris Stapleton and Dierks Bentley were early winners at the 50th Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday morning.

Stapleton won CMA Music Video of the Year along with director Tim Mattia for "Fire Away."

Bentley and Elle King took Musical Event of the Year for "Different for Girls."

In the video, Stapleton plays a supporting role as a bartender as the video follows a young couple from happy times through anguish as the woman makes two suicide attempts. The video was designed to promote mental health awareness and ends with the web address of the Campaign to Change Directions, which aims to change the culture of mental health in America.

This is Stapleton's first win in this category and adds another trophy to his four previous wins (Stapleton took home a second trophy for producing 2015 Album of the Year "Traveller"). He also is nominated for Entertainer, Male Vocalist, and Single of the Year for "Nobody To Blame."

"Different for Girls" comes from Bentley's disc "Black." He and producer Ross Copperman flew to Austin in a rainstorm to capture King's vocals. The song peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in September.

This marks Bentley's third CMA Award and King's first. His previous wins include the Horizon Award in 2005 (now New Artist of the Year) and Music Video of the Year in 2014 for "Drunk on a Plane." One of the top nominees this year, he is also nominated for Male Vocalist and Album of the Year for "Black."

The early winners were announced live on ABC News' "Good Morning America" from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, the site of the CMAs.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host the CMAs tonight from 8-11 p.m. on ABC.

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