The CMA Awards were hosted by country stars Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. 

They opened the show with a heartfelt message to the Las Vegas victims, those who lost their lives in last weekend's church shooting in Texas and honored victims from hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico.

Carrie Underwood then delivered an emotional performance paying tribute to artists who died in the past year.

She sang "Softly and Tenderly" while a video played on a large screen behind her.

Underwood began to choke up as the screen showed photos of the 58 people who were killed last month at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.

She stated "The list goes on and on. This has been a year marked by tragedy, impacting countless lives, including so many in our country music family,” Underwood said. “So tonight, we’re going to do what families do. Come together, pray together, cry together and sing together, too.”

Last night Garth Brooks took home the award for entertainer of the year for the second consecutive year and for the sixth time overall.

He stated "The most important thing other than God…is you [fans]. …I love you guys. We’re a family.”

He later admitted that the Twitter rumors of him lip-syncing his performance of "Ask Me How I Know" were true...

Brooks explained that there were in the middle of 12 shows in 10 days, they did a game-time call on whether to sing or lip-sync but made the decision to lip sync.  He mentioned how the voice just isn't there anymore and you always want to represent country music as best you can!


Here's a list of the other winners from the CMA Awards 2017:


Entertainer of the Year: Garth Brooks

Male Vocalist of the Year: Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert

Vocal Duo of the Year: Brothers Osborne

Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town

New Artist of the Year: Jon Pardi

Album of the Year: "From a Room: Volume 1", Chris Stapleton

Song of the Year: " Better Man", Little Big Town ( songwriter's award so they shared it with Taylor Swift)

Single of the Year: "Blue Ain't Your Color", Keith Urban

Musical Event of the Year: "Funny How Time Slips Away", Willie Nelson and Glen Campbell

Music Video of the Year: It Ain't My Fault", Brothers Osborne