Winners In Two CMA Awards Categories Announced Live From Nashville On ABC News’ “Good Morning America”

"Raise 'Em Up" by Keith Urban featuring Eric Church was named CMA Musical Event of the Year live on "Good Morning America" Wednesday from the Bridgestone Arena Plaza in Nashville. Photo Credit: John Peets
"Raise 'Em Up" by Keith Urban featuring Eric Church was named CMA Musical Event of the Year live on "Good Morning America" Wednesday from the Bridgestone Arena Plaza in Nashville. Photo Credit: John Peets
“Raise ‘Em Up” by Keith Urban featuring Eric Church was named CMA Musical Event of the Year live on “Good Morning America” Wednesday from the Bridgestone Arena Plaza in Nashville.
Photo Credit: John Peets

Winners in two of the 12 CMA Awards categories were announced live on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” this morning from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, which is the site of “The 49th Annual CMA Awards.”

The news was delivered by GMA anchor Lara Spencer and welcomed by cheers from the thousands of fans gathered on the plaza at the Bridgestone Arena waiting to see three-time CMA Awards nominee Chris Stapleton, and a performance by Country superstar Tim McGraw.

“For a decade, ‘Good Morning America’ has set the tone for Country Music’s Biggest Night by jump starting the day with superstar performances from Nashville,” saidSarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Announcing the winners in two of our categories is a great way to generate excitement and celebrate our artists and their music with fans across the country.”

Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” airs tonight (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Winning CMA Musical Event of the Year was Keith Urban and Eric Church for “Raise ‘Em Up.” This is Urban’s fourth win in the category. Previous wins include “Start A Band” with Paisley (2009); “Highway Don’t Care” with McGraw and Taylor Swift (2013); and We Were Us” with Miranda Lambert (2014). This win ties him with Vince

"Raise 'Em Up" by Keith Urban featuring Eric Church was named CMA Musical Event of the Year live on "Good Morning America" Wednesday from the Bridgestone Arena Plaza in Nashville. Photo Credit: Courtesy PFA
“Raise ‘Em Up” by Keith Urban featuring Eric Church was named CMA Musical Event of the Year live on “Good Morning America” Wednesday from the Bridgestone Arena Plaza in Nashville.
Photo Credit: Courtesy PFA

Gill, McGraw, and Paisley for the most wins in the category. Urban is the only artist to win three years in a row.

“I’ve been real fortunate to get to collaborate with some great artists, but doing this song with Eric was truly magical,” said Urban. “It’s an incredible piece of songwriting, and we’re both so grateful it’s resonated the way it has! Big shout out to our fans and to Country radio and TV for all the support we’ve had along the way!”

One of the top nominees in 2015, this is Church’s second CMA Award – his first was for Album of the Year for Chiefin 2012. His nominations include Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Single of the Year for “Talladega,” and Song of the Year for “Like A Wrecking Ball,” which he co-wrote with Casey Beathard.

Winning CMA Music Video of the Year was Maddie & Taeand director TK McKamy for “Girl In A Country Song,” which generated widespread talk about gender role reversals, turning the tables on male/female lyrical stereotypes. Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye, who recently turned 20, were just 17 when they penned the song. The pair received two additional nominations in 2015 including Vocal Duo and New Artist of the Year.

Maddie & Tae's "Girl In A Country Song" (directed by TK McKamy) was named CMA Music Video of the Year live on "Good Morning America" Wednesday from the Bridgestone Arena Plaza in Nashville. Photo Credit: Allister Ann
Maddie & Tae’s “Girl In A Country Song” (directed by TK McKamy) was named CMA Music Video of the Year live on “Good Morning America” Wednesday from the Bridgestone Arena Plaza in Nashville.
Photo Credit: Allister Ann

“I can’t even believe this!” said Marlow. “Last year, we were just excited to be going and being on the red carpet – and now we’ve got our first CMA Award?! That’s crazy, and awesome, and wow!”

Dye added, “This video was so much fun, but it also go a lot of people talking – and it says some stuff about what makes girls matter. I’m honored people saw it as we meant it: more than a joke, but proof you can speak your mind and not be mean.”

This marked the fourth year the categories were announced on “Good Morning America.” In previous years, the winners were announced in pre-televised activities and acknowledged during the CMA Awards broadcast. Frankie Ballard will host pre-tel ceremonies tonight and will present the trophies to the winners as well as Musician of the Year. In addition, Ballard will present two special industry honors and the CMA Broadcast Awards for Personality and Radio Station of the Year. The recipients will be acknowledged during the broadcast and participate in backstage media interviews.

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About “Good Morning America”: Emmy Award-winning “GMA,” is a two-hour, live program anchored by Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, and Lara Spencer. Amy Robach is the news anchor and Ginger Zee is the chief meteorologist. The morning news program airs live Monday through Friday, (7:00-9:00 AM/ET), on the ABC Television Network. Michael Corn is the senior executive producer.

About the CMA Awards: The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC will be the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA’s other two television properties, “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” and “CMA Country Christmas,” through 2021.