Every year, two CMA Awards are handed out several hours before the actual show, which is broadcasted on ABC on Wednesday night (Nov. 11). This year was no different, and both Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year were announced on Good Morning America Wednesday morning.
Recent Musical Event of the Year winners are Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus for “Old Town Road,” Kenny Chesney and David Lee Murphy with “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” Willie Nelson and Glen Campbell’s “Funny How Time Slips Away,” and Dierks Bentley and Elle King’s “Different For Girls.”
The nominees for Musical Event of the Year are as follows:
Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber – “10,000 Hours”
Thomas Rhet feat. Hillary Scott, Reba McEntire, Keith Urban, and Chris Tomlin – “Be A Light”
Miranda Lambert feat. Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack – “Fooled Around And Fell In Love”
Carly Pearce feat. Lee Brice – “I Hope You’re Happy Now”
Maren Morris with Hozier – “The Bones”
It was announced that Carly Pearce and Lee Brice had won the award!
Congrats to @CarlyPearce and @LeeBrice on winning the #CMAawards Musical Event of the Year for "I Hope You're Happy Now"! ? Watch the #CMAawards TONIGHT at 8|7c on @ABCNetwork to see who else takes home the trophies. pic.twitter.com/OaBoQrzz90
— CMA Country Music (@CountryMusic) November 11, 2020
This is Carly’s very first CMA Award, so after she found out, she was extremely emotional. She was in the middle of doing radio interviews and broke down in tears. This win is likely extra meaningful because it was the last song she and her producer busbee, who passed away last year, worked on together.
Carly will be performing the song at the CMA Awards on Wednesday night (Nov. 11) with Lady A’s Charles Kelley, who is stepping in for Lee because he was diagnosed with COVID-19.
Congrats, Carly and Lee!