Garth Brooks, Luke Combs & More Record-Setters at the 2019 CMA Awards

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Garth Brooks accepts an award onstage during the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 13, 2019 in Nashville.

Blake Shelton's "God's Country" took single of the year. The smash references Charlie Daniels Band's "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," which won in this category 40 years ago.

Garth Brooks won entertainer of the year at the 53rd annual CMA Awards on Wednesday (Nov. 13) for a record-extending seventh time. No one else has won in this category more than four times. This brings Brooks' career total of CMA Awards to 14.

Brooks wasn't the only artist to make history, or at least make news, at the CMA Awards. Take a look.

Luke Combs and Kacey Musgraves won male vocalist of the year and female vocalist of the year. Both singers won a second award during the night. Combs also took song of the year for "Beautiful Crazy" (which he co-wrote with Wyatt B. Durrette III and Robert Williford). Musgraves also took music video of the year for "Rainbow."

Combs, 29, is the youngest male vocalist of the year winner since Clint Black, who was 28 when he won in 1990. Musgraves' win for female vocalist of the year ends a 13-year lock on the award by three superstars—Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift.  

Maren Morris's GIRL is the second album of the year winner in a row by a female artist. Musgraves' Golden Hour won last year. This is the first time that female artists have won back-to-back awards in this category since 2009-10, when Swift's Fearless and Lambert's Revolution were back-to-back winners. Morris co-produced her album with Greg Kurstin and the late busbee. It is the first CMA Award for both producers.

Jenee Fleenor, a fiddle player, became the first woman to receive musician of the year. She was the first woman ever nominated in this category, which was introduced in 1988.

Blake Shelton's "God's Country" took single of the year. It's his 10th CMA Award. Fun Fact: The smash references Charlie Daniels Band's classic "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," which won in this category 40 years ago. This year's award also went to producer Scott Hendricks. It was his second win in this category. Hendricks produced John Michael Montgomery's "I Swear," which took single of the year 25 years ago.

Dan + Shay took vocal duo of the year for the first time, unseating three-time champs Brothers Osborne.

Old Dominion won vocal group of the year for the second year in a row. The quintet is the first all-male group to win this award since Rascal Flatts had a six-year hold on the award from 2003-08.

Ashley McBryde took new artist of the year, in an upset win over Midland. McBryde is the third female solo artist to win in this category since its 2008 name change from the horizon award. She follows Musgraves (2013) and Morris (2016).

Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road (Remix)" (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) took musical event of the year. Lil Nas X is the first hip-hop artist to win in this category. Several other non-country artists, namely Robert Plant, Kelly Clarkson and Elle King, have won CMA Awards in this category over the years. This is Cyrus' second CMA Award. His 1992 smash "Achy Breaky Heart" won single of the year.

Since musical event of the year is presented to both artist and producer, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails are now CMA winners. Reznor and Ross have both co-writing and co-production credits on "Old Town Road (Remix)" because the smash samples Nine Inch Nails' track "34 Ghosts IV" from their 2008 studio album Ghosts I–IV.

The award for music video of the year went to both Musgraves and Hannah Lux Davis, who directed the video. Davis is just second female director to win in this category. Trey Fanjoy was the first. She directed back-to-back winners, Swift's "Love Story" (2009) and Lambert's "The House That Built Me" (2010).


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