The Best Moments from the 2017 Country Music Awards in Las Vegas

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It was a star-studded event as the biggest names in country music descended on Las Vegas for the 2017 Country Music Awards. Here are some of the best moments from the show.

2017 Country Music Awards in Las Vegas

The best moments from the 2017 Country Music Awards in Las Vegas included some very emotional moments, some funny moments, and some very memorable performances. One of the most emotional moments was when Carrie Underwood won the award for Entertainer of the Year. She was very surprised and very happy to win the award. One of the funniest moments was when Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan were joking around with each other on stage. And one of the most memorable performances was when Miranda Lambert sang her new song, “Tin Man.”

Opening performance by Jason Aldean

The night began with a moment of silence for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting, which occurred just weeks prior at the Route 91 Harvest festival. Jason Aldean, who was onstage when the shooting occurred, then took the stage to open the show with a stirring performance of “Walk Away.”

The initial moments of the show were heavy, but they lightened up as the night went on. There were many memorable performances, including one by Maren Morris and her husband, Ryan Hurd. The couple sang their duet, “Craving You,” while standing in front of a burning car. Another stand-out performance was Keith Urban’s cover of Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man.” He was joined onstage by Carrie Underwood, and the two sang Wynette’s classic country hit with conviction.

Other notable moments from the evening included Miranda Lambert winning Female Vocalist of the Year (for the seventh time), Little Big Town taking home Vocal Group of the Year (for the fourth time), and Thomas Rhett winning both Single of the Year and Song of the Year for “Die a Happy Man.”

Keith Urban wins Male Vocalist of the Year

Keith Urban took home the Male Vocalist of the Year award at the 2017 Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Wednesday night (Nov. 8).

The 52-year-old Australian singer-songwriter and judges on American Idol was up against Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban.

This is the fourth time that Urban has won the award. He previously won in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Miranda Lambert wins Female Vocalist of the Year

After a rocky few years, Miranda Lambert is back on top. The 32-year-old singer took home the award for Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2017 Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.

Lambert, who was up against Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Reba McEntire and song of the year nominee Little Big Town, won the coveted prize for the seventh time.

“I just want to say how honored I am to be in a room with so many incredible women making music today, all different styles of country music,” Lambert said during her acceptance speech.

Best Moments

The best moments from the 2017 Country Music Awards in Las Vegas were when Keith Urban won Male Vocalist of the Year and when Carrie Underwood won Female Vocalist of the Year. These were two of the biggest awards of the night.

Carrie Underwood’s acceptance speech

After winning the award for Female Vocalist of the Year, Carrie Underwood took to the stage to deliver an emotional acceptance speech.

“First off, I have to thank my husband, Mike. You are my rock, you are my protector, you make sure that I’m happy and always taken care of. And you make sure that our son has a good role model,” she said, before breaking down in tears.

“I love country music. It’s been a part of my life since I was a little girl. And I’m so thankful to each and every one of you for making this night possible,” she continued. “Thank you so much.”

Keith Urban’s acceptance speech

Upon winning the award forVocal Event of the Year for “Don’t Let the Darkness in,” Keith Urban gave an emotional speech dedicated to his wife, Nicole Kidman.

“My wife Nicole is up there, and our little girls Sunday and Faith. I love you guys so much. This is just as much yours as it is mine,” he said through tears. “I just want to say thank you to the CMAs, thank you to country music, thank you Lord.”

Jason Aldean’s acceptance speech

“First off, I want to say how sorry I am for everyone who was injured and for the families of those who lost loved ones,” the singer said. “This has been a tough year for everyone. So many disasters and tragedies. I think that tonight, instead of remembering how bad things can be, let’s remember how good we can be.”

He continued: “Let’s celebrate all the good people in this room tonight doing great things. Let’s think about all the victims and survivors of all these tragedies and let them know that we’re thinking about them tonight.”

Aldean then addressed the Las Vegas crowd, some of whom may have been in attendance at his show on Sunday night.

“And to anyone who was in this audience that night, you are part of our family and you are forever connected to us and to everyone in this room tonight,” he said. “And we hurt for you and with you.”

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