CMA Awards 2016: The Night’s Big Winners

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(CNN) — Dolly Parton received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 50th annual County Music Association Awards Wednesday night  in Nashville.

Parton was honored as a trailblazer in the industry – she’s won nine cma awards including Entertainer Of The Year. 

Beyoncé tapped into her Southern roots at the CMA’s.  The Texas native performed “Daddy Lessons” off her album “Lemonade” and was joined on stage by the Dixie Chicks.

The country trio covered the song while on tour — and like Beyoncé — they’ve been the target of conservative critics for infusing politics into performances on occasion.

Beyoncé isn’t the first pop star to take the CMA stage. Last year, Memphis born Justin Timberlake performed with Southern rock and country star Chris Stapleton.

Rumblings of a possible Beyoncé appearance at the show began early Wednesday after she was spotted around Nashville. Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw and Kacey Musgraves were among the other stars to perform.

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley co-hosted the evening for the ninth consecutive year as the CMA Awards marked its fifth decade.

As for the night’s winners, take a glance at the complete list below:

Entertainer of the Year: Garth Brooks

Male Vocalist of the Year: Chris Stapleton

Musician of the Year: Dann Huff

Female Vocalist of the Year: Carrie Underwood

Pinnacle Award: Kenny Chesney

Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town

Vocal Duo of the Year: Brothers Osbourne

Album of the Year: Eric Church — “Mr. Misunderstood”

New Artist of the Year: Maren Morris

Song of the Year: Lori McKenna — “Humble and Kind”

Single of the Year: Thomas Rhett — “Die a Happy Man”

Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award: Dolly Parton

Music Video of the Year: Chris Stapleton and Tim Mattia — “Fire Away”

Musical Event of the Year: Dierks Bentley and Elle King — “Different for Girls”

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