CMA Awards 2018: Keith Urban upsets, Chris Stapleton steamrolls

Keith Urban won his second Entertainer of the Year Award on Wednesday night at the 52nd CMA Awards, 13 years after he picked up his first trophy in the show’s most prestigious category.

“Baby girl, I Iove you so much,” Urban said to his wife, Nicole Kidman. “I’m shocked beyond shocked. God, I thank you so much for the blessings of this. I wish my dad was alive to see this, but I think he’s watching over me tonight.”

Earning a win in the category more than 10 years since the last is rare — only Garth Brooks and George Strait can say they’ve done it. But Urban’s 2017-2018 was undeniable. Urban’s “Coming Home,” a duet with Julia Michaels, launched his critically acclaimed album “Graffiti U” this spring, and he’s spent the months since selling out arenas around the country.

The night’s other top winners include Chris Stapleton, who — surprising even himself — won Single and Song of the Year for his “Broken Halos” and Male Vocalist of the Year. He used his Single of the Year acceptance speech to direct attention to the wildfire victims in California, dedicating the win to them.

“First, I’m going to say there’s so many great songs in this category, and they all should have won,” Stapleton said when he won Single of the Year. “I wrote this song with my good friend Mike Henderson and wrote it about people who have gone on before their time.”

Country music’s biggest night had a few more of country music’s biggest upsets. Brothers Osborne took Vocal Duo of the Year for the third time and said they thought Dan + Shay was going to win.

“If this was in Florida, there would definitely be a recount,” T.J. Osborne quipped from the stage. Backstage John Osborne said he’d prewritten the congratulatory tweet to Dan + Shay.

Kacey Musgraves, surprising herself, won Album of the Year for her critically acclaimed “Golden Hour.”


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