52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards
|52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards|
|Date||November 14, 2018|
|Location||Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.|
|Hosted by||Brad Paisley |
|Most awards||Chris Stapleton (3)|
|Most nominations||Chris Stapleton (5)|
The 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards, commonly known as the 52nd CMA Awards, were held on November 14, 2018, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The ceremony recognizes some of the best country music released during the eligibility period. It is the thirteenth ceremony to be held at the arena, the nineteenth to be held in November and the tenth ceremony to be co-hosted by country stars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. The ceremony was directed by Paul Miller.
This is the last ceremony to be co-hosted with Paisley after it was revealed that he would not be returning as co-host for the 2019 ceremony.
Winners and nominees
The winners are shown in Bold.
|Entertainer of the Year||Album of the Year|
|Male Vocalist of the Year||Female Vocalist of the Year|
|Vocal Group of the Year||Vocal Duo of the Year|
|Single of the Year||Song of the Year|
|New Artist of the Year||Musician of the Year|
|Music Video of the Year||Musical Event of the Year|
- Lady Antebellum – presented Song of the Year
- Mackenzie Foy and Noah Schnapp – presented New Artist of the Year
- Jimmie Allen, Dustin Lynch and Carly Pearce – presented Single of the Year
- Kane Brown and Olivia Culpo – presented Vocal Group of the Year
- Little Big Town – presented Album of the Year
- Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess – presented Vocal Duo of the Year
- Rita Wilson – introduced Chris Stapleton's performance
- Martina McBride and Lara Spencer – presented Male Vocalist of the Year
- Trisha Yearwood and Dennis Quaid – presented Female Vocalist of the Year
- Lionel Richie – presented Entertainer of the Year
Underwood and Pasley's monologue was praised for ignoring the subject of politics, with Fox News stating that "despite avoiding controversial topics, Underwood and Paisley still delivered a joke-filled opening monologue that left many in the audience in stitches".
In their review of the best and worst moments of the telecast, The Washington Post praised Stapleton's performance with Morris and Staples, Brooks' "sweet" and "adorable" tribute to Trisha Yearwood, Bryan's opening number, the "firey" Pistol Annies performance and the Ricky Skaggs tribute and celebrated Musgraves' Album of the Year win as well as the performances on newer artists such as Combs and Dan + Shay. However, they were critical of Paisley and Underwood's monologue, calling it "flat", "lame" and claiming that it "didn't make sense", leaving audience members "confused". Lauren Alaina's tribute to Dottie West was criticised for being too short and Midland's tribute to Burt Reynolds was described as being too confusing and unexplained.
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- "CMA Awards announces 2018 hosts, will reveal nominees on August 28".
- "2018 CMA Awards nominations announced".
- "Brad Paisley Not Returning to 2019 CMA Awards As Co-Host".
- "Everything You Need to Know About the 52nd CMA Awards Show, Including Performers, Presenters, Nominees & More". The Ty Bentli Show. 13 November 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
- Savitsky, Sasha (14 November 2018). "CMA Awards: Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley praised for leaving politics out, Keith Urban wins top award". Fox News. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
- "CMA Awards: 10 things you missed, from Keith Urban's big win to the awkward monologue jokes". The Washington Post. 2018-11-15. Retrieved 2019-01-23.