Church wins CMA Entertainer of the Year; Morris takes three awards
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Church wins CMA Entertainer of the Year; Morris takes three awards

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 – Eric Church won the biggest award of the night at the Country Music Association awards on Wednesday in Nashville - Entertainer of the Year.

"If there was ever a year not to win this award," he joked. "This award this year, at least for me, has been about the loss of this year. the loss of life. The loss of playing shows. The Loss of freedom. The loss of kids being in schools. The win is that we were all here person, not on Zoom. I believe this, I really believe this. Music is going to bring us out of this...Politicians are about division. Music is about unity, and I promise you it's going to take everybody in this world to unite."

Luke Combs took home the Album of the Year for "What You See Is What You Get."

"Wow," Combs said."I have watched a lot of incredible people win this award, and I have a lot of incredible people to thank for this award."

Maren Morris won three awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year. "I love you so much - all the women in this category," Morris said, adding kudos to black female country singers, "I'm just a fan of their music, and they're as country as they can, and I just want them to know - Linda Martell, Yola, Mickey Guyton, Brittney Spencer, Rissi Palmer...There are so many Black women who pioneer and continue to pioneer this genre. I know they're gonna come after me. They've come before me. You've made this genre so, so beautiful. I hope you know that we see you. Thank you for making me so inspired to be a singer in this genre."

She also won the first two awards handed out with Single of the Year and Song of the Year for "Bones."

"I had a baby eight months ago, so being out tonight is a win in and of itself," Morris said in taking the Single of the Year honor. She said the song, a love, "was kind of like a medicine for this year."

Morris song of the year with fellow writers Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz. "I'm proud to be a songwriter in Nashville, Tenn. I grew up obsessing over all your YouTube videos...This is such an honor," Morris said.

New Artist of the Year went to Morgan Wallen. "Well, I did not expect to get this," he said. "I'd like to thank my mama for always being the one to push me to sing...It's been a great five years since I've moved here."

Vocal group of the Year went to Dan + Shay. "Thank you for this. It means the world," said Dan Smyers.

Old Dominion won Vocal Group of the Year, their third win. "This is obviously a strange year, but this's just very humbling, so humbling to be here," said lead singer Matthew Ramsey. "What an amazing gift - the life we have. So thanks for this."

The awards show usually has been held at Bridgestone Arena, but was staged at the Music City Center in Nashville. The small crowd was unmasked.

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