Chris Stapleton won the most awards at the 2018 Country Music Association Awards and had the show's best performance, nearly capping a ideal night. "God bless country music".
The 51-year-old was supported by wife Nicole Kidman, who proudly watched from the audience, as he became teary while accepting the Entertainer of the Year award. She specializes in pop culture, country music, and news content.
While delivering ABC's highest rating on any night this season with entertainment programming, and its best non-sports performance on the night in just over a year, the music awards franchise's 52 annual ceremony was its lowest rated broadcast ever. I am very grateful that I get to do what I do'.
"Tonight let's celebrate their lives".
The 52nd Country Music Awards were held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, USA.
But watch Bryan, a two-time victor, leap out of his seat and raise an arm to celebrate Urban's win - it's as if he had been leading the 51-year-old's campaign for Entertainer of the Year himself! "Let the music unite us with love", Brooks said.
Kacey Musgraves, who will perform later in the show, was the only woman nominated for album of the year and won the prize for "Golden Hour".
Kelsea Ballerini also impressed with her first live performance of new track Miss Me More, and Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line hit the stage to sing their global hit Meant To Be.
Veteran bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs, 64, got an extended showcase, playing with Paisley and Urban, while Brooks, a country staple for 30 years, debuted an acoustic ballad, Stronger Than Me, dedicated to his wife, Trisha Yearwood.