Yamaha Entertainment Group of America was thrilled to lend gear for Country Music’s Biggest Night™, “The 49th Annual CMA Awards.” The star-studded award show took place at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN the evening of Wednesday, November 4 and was aired on ABC Television Network. Four Yamaha artists graced the sought-after CMA stage and even more Yamaha instruments were featured throughout the show.
Carrie Underwood not only served as co-host alongside Brad Paisley for the eighth consecutive year, but she also rocked the house with a performance of “Smoke Break” from her new album Storyteller with Yamaha keyboardist Jonathan Hamby.
Songwriter turned country singer Chris Stapleton was the true star of the evening winning three CMA Awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Traveller and the ever so coveted New Artist of the Year Award. He took to the stage with legendary pop vocalist and Yamaha artist, Justin Timberlake. The crowd was in awe with the duo’s soulful performance of “Tennessee Whiskey” and “Drink You Away” which ended in a standing ovation.
Superstar entertainer Reba McEntire reunited with country duo Brooks & Dunn in Nashville for an unforgettable performance that started off with Reba’s vivacious hit, “Why Haven’t I Heard From You.” Brooks & Dunn followed with their 2005 single, “Play Something Country.” Both pieces were accompanied with a Yamaha C3S Grand Piano.
YouTube sensation and Yamaha violinist Lindsey Stirling shared the stage with CMA nominated Dierks Bentley to perform his uplifting single, “Riser.” Dierks gave an impassioned vocal performance while Lindsey lent her incredible string talents to the violin heavy intro giving the song a dramatic feel.
Yamaha artist Zac Brown Band hit the CMA stage for a performance of their newest single, “Beautiful Drug” which added a hint a pop to the country heavy evening. The tune is off their fourth album, Jekyll + Hyde.
“Yamaha Entertainment Group is so proud to see our artists rewarded for their continuous hard work and dedication to country music right here in our very own backyard,” said Chris Gero, founder and vice president of Yamaha Entertainment Group which is based just outside of Nashville in Franklin, TN.