(WATCH!) CMA Awards Live: 2020 TV Show Full Coverage HD

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Country strong! The 2020 Country Music Awards honored top acts with the help of
cohosts Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker at the Music City Center in Nashville on Wednesday, November 11.xx

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Miranda Lambert earned the most nominations in seven categories, including Female Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year and Album of the Year. The “Bluebird” singer, 36, is officially the most-nominated female artist in CMA history with 55 total nominations. McEntire, 65, previously held the record and earned her 51st nod this year.xx

Lambert will also face off against Luke Combs, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban in the coveted Entertainer of the Year category.

Garth Brooks made headlines in July when he opted to withdraw himself from the category, which he has woss seven times. The “Friends in Low Places” singer, 58, sparked backlash in 2019 when he won the award, beating out Underwood, 37, Church, 43, Urban, 53, and Chris Stapleton. Some fans had high hopes that Underwood would take home the award as the first woman to be nominated in the category in three years.xx

Brooks told the Tennessean in July that one particular tweet helped him make the decision.

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“There’s one tweet in there that really stuck indd my head,” he explained. “It said, ‘Why doesn’t he step down and have entertainer of the year be for the next generation.’ I 100 percent agreed. So with all the love in the world and all the gratefulness, because the last thing I want to do is seem ungrateful to tsshe CMAs and everyone who’s voted for us, we’re officially pulling ourselves out of entertainer of the year.”