The CMA Awards, often touted as "country's biggest night", took place in Nashville Wednesday night and brought together some of the biggest stars in the genre to toast the past year in music.
Underwood referenced mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas, fatal auto attacks in NY and Virginia, plus deadly storms that hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Church began the sombre number by singing the hymn Amazing Grace. "So tonight, we're going to do what families do: come together, pray together, cry together, and sing together, too". Meanwhile, Underwood was overcome with emotion as she performed during the In Memoriam segment of the night, which featured photos of the Route 91 victims. Paisley dedicated the show to "all those we've lost and to all those who are still healing".
Underwood hosted the show alongside Brad Paisley for an astounding 10th time in a row, and the duo dedicated a significant portion of their opening monologue to encourage people to lighten up and enjoy the show for as long as they can-despite all of the bad things going on in the world. His Montgomery Gentry bandmate, Eddie Montgomery, joined in for the performance, which left many members of the crowd in tears. Keith Urban seems to be nominated for CMA Awards year after year.
Female Vocalist of the Year went to Miranda Lambert while Chris Stapleton was again named Male Vocalist of the Year.