Sony Music Nashville Scores Big Wins At The 50th Annual CMA Awards!

Sony Music Nashville had a big night Tuesday! It was a celebration five decades in the making when winners were announced during “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” co-hosted by Arista Nashville’s Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley live from Nashville.

Columbia Nashville’s Maren Morris was named CMA New Artist of the Year – her first CMA award. Maren is Sony Music Nashville’s first artist to win this award since Carrie Underwood a decade ago. The “My Church” firebrand was emotional as she thanked the audience and recounted how just one year ago, she watched the broadcast from a bar down the street. Morris moved to Nashville at 20 with a goal of becoming a working songwriter. She eventually changed her mind and spent 2016 touring with Keith Urban.

Carrie Underwood won her fourth CMA Female Vocalist of the Year trophy. She won the Female Vocalist category in 2006-2008. After thrilling fans across the U.S. with her “The Storyteller Tour” this year, Underwood will do the same for fans in Australia and New Zealand when she joins Keith Urban’s world tour in December.

During the broadcast Dolly Records/RCA Nashville’s Dolly Parton was presented the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in a moving tribute introduced by “9 to 5” co-star Lily Tomlin, with Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves, Jennifer Nettles, Pentatonix, Reba and Underwood.

Kenny Chesney received the CMA Pinnacle Award in a presentation hosted by retired NFL favorite Peyton Manning. The Pinnacle Award has only been presented three times in CMA history. Previous recipients include Brooks and Swift.

Said Randy Goodman, Chairman & CEO, Sony Music Nashville, “From Day 1 we all agreed we had two urgent goals; break new acts while driving our superstars as far and wide as we could. Last night we did just that with our Carrie and Maren wins. Getting on the board with key nominations for Cam and Old Dominion was just as exciting and important to our goals as well. And the prestigious award recognition for Kenny Chesney and Dolly Parton was the icing on the cake for what was a great night for this new Sony Team.

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