The artists honored had been Chris Stapleton, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini and Luke Combs, alongside “Breakout Artist of the Yr” Mickey Guyton and “Artist of a Lifetime” Randy Travis.
The present kicked off with Combs performing “Ceaselessly After All,” accepting his award from Eric Church. Combs thanked the followers and his spouse, and gave a particular name out to Randy Travis for his affect.
Barrett sang “The Good Ones,” backed by her husband and a guitarist.
Presenter Misty Copeland launched Guyton who, alongside Yola, acquired a standing ovation after singing “Bear in mind Her Identify.” When Guyton accepted her award, she instructed the gang “nation music is de facto everybody’s music” and thanked her dad and mom.
At one level, Garth Brooks launched Travis with and offered him with the “Artist of a Lifetime” award. Travis’ spouse Mary Davis joined Brooks onstage to just accept and she or he thanked the viewers, saying, “Randy’s stroke might have taken his voice, however did not take the person or the center, and it did not take the music.”
Boys II Males, joined by Pentatonix’s Kevin Olusola, honored Chris Stapleton with efficiency of his music, “Chilly.”
Ballerini accepted her award from Nick Jonas, thanking followers for his or her assist.