Garth Brooks win top prize at Country Music Awards

Legendary country stars Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks are among the big honorees at the Country Music Awards in Nashville, with Brooks taking home the top award Entertainer of the Year, presented by Taylor Swift.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 2, 2016) (COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION AND AMERICAN BROADCASTING COMPANIES, INC) – It’s billed as country music’s biggest night, but it was pop-R&B queen Beyonce who commanded the spotlight at the 50th annual Country Music Awards on Wednesday (November 2) with a thumping performance of “Daddy Lessons,” accompanied by the Dixie Chicks.

Co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood mined the presidential campaign in their opening banter, singing a song with the lyrics, “We’re so freakin’ sick of politics, we don’t even care who wins.”

Legendary country stars Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks were among the big honorees, with Brooks taking home the top award Entertainer of the Year, presented by Taylor Swift.

Parton was lauded with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. The crowd roared with appreciation at Parton’s observing that her Willie Nelson Award “is an absolute high for me,” as she emphasized the word ‘high’ in a nod to Nelson’s well-documented marijuana use.

Kenny Chesney was presented the special Pinnacle Award, only the third time the honor has ever been presented.

Female vocalist of the year went to Carrie Underwood, her fourth win in the category.

After blurting thanks to the many legends in attendance, Underwood was seemingly at a loss for words, saying “I’ve just become suddenly stupid.”

Chris Stapleton was named male vocalist of the year and Little Big Town vocal group of the year.