Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus and Kacey Musgraves Take Home Early CMA Award Wins

Kacey Musgraves Billy Ray Cyrus Lil Nas X win early CMA Award
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Hours before country’s biggest night—The 53rd Annual CMA Awards—takes place in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena, Maddie & Tae appeared on Good Morning America to announce two early winners.

The country duo stood front and center to share the winners of the Video of the Year and Musical Event of the Year categories.

Maddie took to the first award revealing that Kacey Musgraves’ “Rainbow” video, directed by Hannah Lux Davis was the winning video, beating out Dierks Bentley’s “Burning Man,” Maren Morris’ “Girl,” Blake Shelton’s “God’s Country” and Eric Church’s “Some of It.”

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“I’m so happy for her,” Maddie said after revealing the winner. “Yeah she’s taking over, I’m so proud of her.”

Next, Tae took the envelope to reveal the Musical Event of the Year. The winner is… “Old Town Road” by Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus.

Congratulations to the winners.

You can tune into the 53rd Annual CMA Awards Wednesday night (Nov.13) to see more winners when it airs on ABC at 8pm ET/7pm CT.

Music Video of the Year (Artist and Director)

“Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne; Director: Wes Edwards

“Girl” – Maren Morris; Director: Dave Meyers

“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton; Director: Sophie Muller

“Rainbow” – Kacey Musgraves; Director: Hannah Lux Davis – WINNER

“Some of It – Eric Church; Director: Reid Long

Musical Event of the Year

“All My Favorite People” – Maren Morris feat. Brothers Osborne

“Brand New Man” – Brooks & Dunn with Luke Combs

“Dive Bar” – Garth Brooks & Blake Shelton

“Old Town Road” (Remix) – Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus – WINNER

“What Happens in A Small Town” – Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell