2021 CMA Awards: Complete List of Winners

Chris Stapleton, Luke Combs, and Carly Pearce were among the big winners at the 2021 CMA Awards.  Here is a complete list of winners in all categories.


Entertainer of the Year

Eric Church

Luke Combs

Miranda Lambert

Chris Stapleton

Carrie Underwood


Male Vocalist of the Year

Dierks Bentley

Eric Church

Luke Combs

Thomas Rhett

Chris Stapleton


Female Vocalist of the Year

Gabby Barrett

Miranda Lambert

Ashley McBryde

Maren Morris

Carly Pearce


Vocal Group of the Year

Lady A

Little Big Town


Old Dominion

Zac Brown Band


Vocal Duo of the Year

Brooks & Dunn

Brothers Osborne

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Maddie & Tae


New Artist of the Year

Jimmie Allen

Ingrid Andress

Gabby Barrett

Mickey Guyton



Album of the Year

Brothers Osborne, Skeletons

Eric Church, Heart

Carly Pearce, 29

Chris Stapleton, Starting Over

John Tyler Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album


Single of the Year

“Famous Friends” – Chris Young & Kane Brown

“The Good Ones” – Gabby Barrett

“Hell of a View” – Eric Church

“One Night Standards” – Ashley McBryde

“Starting Over” – Chris Stapleton


Song of the Year

“Forever After All” – Luke Combs, Drew Parker, and Robert Williford

“The Good Ones” –  Gabby Barrett, Zach Kale, Emily Landis, and Jim McCormick

“Hell of a View” – Casey Beathard, Eric Church, and Monty Criswell

“One Night Standards” – Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally, and Ashley McBryde

“Starting Over” – Mike Henderson and Chris Stapleton

Music Video of the Year

“Chasing After You” – Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris; Director: TK McKamy

“Famous Friends” – Chris Young with Kane Brown; Director: Peter Zavadil

“Gone” – Dierks Bentley; Directors: Wes Edwards, Travis Nicholson, Ed Pryor, Running Bear and Sam Siske

“Half of My Hometown” – Kelsea Ballerini featuring Kenny Chesney; Director: Patrick Tracy

“Younger Me” – Brothers Osborne; Director: Reid Long


Musical Event of the Year

“Buy Dirt” – Jordan Davis and Luke Bryan

“Chasing After You” – Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris

“Drunk (and I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” – Elle King & Miranda Lambert

“Famous Friends” – Chris Young with Kane Brown

“Half of My Hometown” – Kelsea Ballerini featuring Kenny Chesney


Musician of the Year

Jenee Fleenor (Fiddle)

Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)

Aaron Sterling (Drums)

Ilya Toshinsky (Banjo/Guitar)

Derek Wells (Guitar)



  1. I didn’t watch the show, as I have very little to no interest in these things anymore with how far the mainstream part of the genre has fallen, but I just wanted to say that I’m so happy for Carly Pearce winning FVOTY! She has become my favorite modern mainstream female country artist thanks to her latest album, and her success with it so far provides a little glimmer of hope that things might slowly but surely be heading in the right direction.

    I also loved her reaction to winning (just saw it on YouTube), and I love how she was genuinely shocked and thankful to get it. And having Ashley McBryde show what a good friend she is by coming up and helping her out when she was speechless was the icing on the cake!

  2. Jamie, I agree that Carly Pierce’s 19: Written in Stone album is very good. I think it’s the only album by a current mainstream radio country artist that I’ve bought this year.

  3. Leeann – Both Carly and Alan Jackson’s new ones are easily my favorite mainstream country albums of the year, so far (Though it seems a bit of a stretch to still consider Alan mainstream these days).

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