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Taylor Swift Reacts to Winning Her First Song of the Year CMA Award for “Better Man”

I don’t know what’s more emotional, seeing Taylor Swift win her first CMA Award for Song of the Year category for “Better Man”, or seeing her in a plaid shirt and curly hair like it’s 2008 again! The whole thing combined just hit us all right in the feels!


Just two days before her much anticipated 6th studio album, Reputation drops and she is really out there winning awards! Swift is also gearing up to perform on SNL on Saturday night!

Karlie Kloss was there to present the award and Little Big Town who recorded the song, accepted on Swift’s behalf since she couldn’t be there. The award for Song of the Year is only awarded to the Songwriter, not the artist who recorded it, so they said in their acceptance speech that they, of course, didn’t write it, and Taylor couldn’t be there tonight.

“Hey um, we didn’t write this. Um, we’re really grateful that Philip checked his email one night and that song was in that email because he doesn’t check his emails. So we wanna say thanks to Taylor Swift. She couldn’t be with us tonight. But Taylor, wherever you are, thank you for this beautiful song, for loving songs and loving Nashville.”


Swift was tuning into the show and posted a video of her reaction to winning! She turns around shocked, wearing a plaid shirt and curly hair. Safe to say we all lost it!


If there’s one thing Swift does well, it’s write amazing songs. Congratulations Taylor on your first Song of the Year CMA Award!


Taylor Swift Presents Garth Brooks with the EOTY Award at the 50th CMA Awards. – Watch

The 50th annual CMA Awards just wouldn’t seem complete without Taylor Swift, who is the second most award winner in CMA Awards history! Swift’s return to the CMA Awards stage, was long over-due. Country Music has been waiting for her to come back, and she made her return in more ways than one.

Swift show up to present Garth Brooks with the Entertainer of the Year award!



Swift has also been a part of CMA’s Vocal Group of the Year, Little Big Town‘s newest single “Better Man” which they performed at the awards!

Watch the incredible performance below!!

Check out all the fun photos!

I watched the CMAs in sweatpants last year. This year was better.

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Recap of the 50th Annual CMA Awards and Complete Winners List!

Then. Now. Forever Country, Has been the catch phrase used to describe the CMA Awards for most of this year and they delivered tonight! The 50th annual broadcast kicked off with stars of the past and present joining together on legendary songs.

Vince Gill started the show off on a sober note  singing a tribute to Merle Haggard who passed away earlier this year with Haggard’s son Ben Haggard on guitar.

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Then came host Brad Paisley with Roy Clark from Hee Haw fame. They launched into “Pickin’ and Grinning.” CMA award host Carrie Underwood belted out the Tammy Wynette classic “Stand By Your Man.” Charlie Pride joined Paisley for Pride’s song “Kiss An Angel Good Morning.” Alabama kept the nostalgia going with their song “Mountain Music.”

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Paisley and Charlie Daniels team up on Daniels’s hit “Devil went down to Georgia.” Following Paisley and Daniels were Reba McEntire , Dwight Yoakam and Clint Black all singing their own songs! Wrapping up the opening performances was Ricky Skaggs and Paisley dueling guitars on Skaggs’s Song “Country Boy At Heart” then Alan Jackson brought 90’s country back to life with his hit “Don’t Rock The Juke Box.”

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All through the opening numbers as an artist finished they stayed on the stage but moved to the background which led to the magical moment that took place at the end of the opening number. Paisley and Underwood brought Randy Travis to the stage and sang his hit song “Forever and Ever Amen” with Travis finishing the song out with the very last word Amen which was a miracle in its self since just a few months ago it was believed Travis would never sing again because of a stroke he suffered in 2013.

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The opening performance set the stage for the entire show which was an amazing walk down memory lane as well as a look what the future  holds. The 50th annual CMA Awards from Nashville, TN saw many amazing team ups and moments that will for sure be remembered for years to come. The show featured performances by Brooks & Dunn with Superstar Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line with Tim McGraw, and Dierks Bentley and Elle King with their hit song “Different for Girls.”

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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood sang a melody of hits from years past including some iconic duets from some of country music’s greatest couples! Also Joining forces were Alan Jackson and George Strait who sang their songs “Remember When” and “Troubadour” which were used for the in memoriam portion of the awards show, which honored the memories of the stars that have passed on. Tonight’s award show also saw superstar Beyoncé joining The Dixie Chicks on the CMA Awards Stage!

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As always there was plenty of jokes and songs from hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, as always no topic was off-limits. There was jokes about the election, drinks named after artists, Willie Nelson‘s hobbies and of course there was some Tim McGraw and Faith Hill jokes.
While the night revolved around the country music of past, present and future it was also a night of honoring the accomplishments of many of the artist in attendance! This year’s awards saw a lot of artists taking home their first or second CMA awards as well as a country legend returning to the top!
The Winners of the 50th CMA Awards:

  • Single of the Year –Thomas Rhett “Die A Happy Man”
  • Song of the Year-“Humble and Kind” Lori McKenna
  • Musical Event of the Year- “Different For Girls” — Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King
  • New Artist of the Year- Maren Morris
  • Musician of the Year- Dann Huff (guitar)
  • Music Video of the Year- “Fire Away” — Chris Stapleton; directed by Tim Mattia
  • Album Of The Year-Eric ChurchMr. Misunderstood.
  • Vocal Duo Of The Year –Brothers Osbourne 
  • Vocal Group Of The Year- Little Big Town. 
  • Pinnacle Award-Kenny Chensey 
  • Female Vocalist Of The Year-Carrie Underwood
  • Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award –Dolly Parton 
  • Male Vocalist of The Year- Chris Stapleton
  • Entertainer Of They Year- Garth Brooks 

The Entertainer of The Year Award was presented to Brooks by Taylor Swift who returns to the CMA Awards stage after being absent from the awards show since 2014 when she crossed over to Pop music full-time!

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The 50th annual award show was truly a magical night full of memories of the past and Excitement of the future! Congratulations to all of the winners!

Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini and More to Perform at CMA Awards!


More performers have been officially revealed for the 2016 CMA Awards! Make sure tune in because it is a night you will not want to miss!

Kelsea BalleriniGarth BrooksTrisha Yearwood, Miranda LambertLuke BryanFlorida Georgia LineKacey MusgravesTim McGraw and Little Big Town will all be taking to the stage at the upcoming show. They join the list of already announced performers, which is shaping up to be a night full of star studded-talent!

The newly announced performers are also all nominated (with the exception of Yearwood) for a CMA Award this year.  Country fans are in for a real treat, as this year marks the CMA’s 50th anniversary and who knows what surprises will be in store.

Be sure to tune into the 50th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, November 2nd at 8/7c on ABC! For more information about the CMA Awards visit

First Round of CMA Awards Performers Announced!

The 50th annual CMA Awards are fastly approaching and the first round of performers were announced! Hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are performing along with their hosting duties. Joining them as performers are Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Keith Urban and Maren Morris! This is just the first round of performers, with many more to come. Since it’s the 50th anniversary of the CMA Awards it promises to be one of the biggest shows ever!

The Nominees were announced in late August By Bentley, Urban and newcomer Cam at the Grand Ole Opry! It has also been announced that Dolly Parton will receive the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award!

Since it’s the 50th anniversary the Country Music Association is going all out! They recently released what is one of the most Unique things ever done they gathered Country super stars from the past, present and the future. The project is called Forever Country and it is a mashup of multiple country classics sang by the legends and superstars of country music!


The 50th annual CMA Awards will air Wednesday November 2nd at 8/7c on ABC! For more information about the CMA Awards visit cmaworld.con