BLOG: Dolly Parton honored with Lifetime Achievement award; Garth Brooks named Entertainer of the Year at CMA’s

(Courtesy: ABC)
(Courtesy: ABC)

(WJHL) – The CMA Awards is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in Nashville.

11:18 p.m.- Taylor Swift presented the Entertainer of the Year award to Garth Brooks.

11:14 p.m.- Brad Paisley takes the stage at the CMA’s

11:06 p.m.- Sharon Stone presents Male Vocalist of the Year award to Chris Stapleton.

11:03 p.m.- Dolly Parton accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award. “I would’ve cried, but I didn’t want to mess up my eyelashes.”

10:54 p.m.- Lily Tomlin is presenting Dolly Parton with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. Jennifer Nettles and Pentatonix sang Parton’s song “Jolene.” Reba follows up that performance with “9 to 5.” Kasey Musgraves now performing “Here you come again.” Carrie Underwood,Martina McBride, Reba, Jennifer Nettles and Kasey Musgraves performing “I will always love you.”

10:45 p.m.- Carrie Underwood wins Female Vocalist of the Year.

10:39 p.m.- Florida Georgia Line joined by Tim McGraw on the CMA stage singing “May We All”

10:29 p.m.- Luke Bryan performing now.

10:27 p.m.- Dwight Yoakam and Chris Stapleton singing now at the CMA’s

10:19 p.m.- Thomas Rhett performing “Die a Happy Man.” Rhett earlier Wednesday night took home Single of the Year.

10:11 p.m.- Peyton Manning presents the Pinnacle Award to Kenny Chesney.

10:06 p.m.- Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks have taken the stage at the CMA’s.

10:01 p.m.- Vocal Group of the Year goes to Little Big Town.

9:52 p.m.- Keith Urban performing now at the CMA’s

9:46 p.m.- Brothers Osborne win Vocal Duo of the Year at the CMA’s

9:40 p.m.- Alan Jackson performing “Remember When.” George Strait joins Alan Jackson on-stage.

9:30 p.m.- Tim McGraw performs “Humble and Kind.”

9:27 p.m.- Miranda Lambert takes the stage.

9:15 p.m.- Little Big Town performing now at the CMA’s

9:13 p.m.- Album of the Year goes to Eric Church for “Mr. Misunderstood.”

9:09 p.m.- Carrie Underwood takes the stage.

8:59 p.m.- Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks singing a medley of classic Country songs.

8:57 p.m.- Maren Morris wins New Artist of the Year.

8:50 p.m.- Maren Morris just finished up singing “My Church, ” which brought many in the audience to their feet to sing-along.

8:43 p.m.- Dierks Bentley and Elle King performing at the CMA’s

8:33 p.m.- Songwriter/sing Lori McKenna won Song of the Year for “Humble and Kind,” which was recorded by Tim McGraw.

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are hosting the show. Both classic and contemporary perfomers will hit the stage S ome of the performers include Randy Travis, George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and Beyonce.

So you may ask: Does Beyonce sing country? Well, she actually has a country tune out called “Daddy’s Lessons” that’s a part of her 2016 album.

Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, and Keith Urban are all up for Entertainer of the Year. Bryan is hoping to win for a third time, having won the most coveted award for the last two years.

Chris Stapleton, Eric Church and Maren Morris  all have five nominations each.

Good Morning America announced two winners: Dierks Bentely won Musical Event of the Year for his song “Different with Girls” featuring Elle King and Chris Stapleton won Music Video of the Year for his song “Fire Away.”

Country legend and east Tennessee-native Dolly Parton will be honored with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. She’s won nine CMA Awards.

It’s also a big night for east Tennessee-native Kenny Chesney. The four-time winner of the CMA’s  Entertainer of the Year will receive the “Pinnacle Award.” It’s considered the CMA’s highest honor. The award has only been presented twice before to Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift.

Knoxville-native Kelsea Ballerini has two nominations: Female Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year.

The show airs live on ABC beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. We’ll live stream red carpet events beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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WATE and WKRN contributed to this report. 

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