Chris Stapleton wins big at CMAs, Keith Urban nabs top prize

2017 CMA Awards Red Carpet Fashion

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley returned to host the CMA Awards 2018 for 11th time.

But in a surprise result, he lost the night's biggest prize - entertainer of the year - to Keith Urban, the former American Idol judge and husband of actress Nicole Kidman.

Elsewhere at the CMAs, Stapleton cleaned house, winning four awards including male vocalist, song and single of the year.

And shortly after accepting the prize, Keith Urban celebrated his victory with his wife Nicole Kidman.

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He added: 'I want to say thank you to every person that voted. all the fans, you guys are phenomenal, you have no idea how much this award means to me.

The duo reflect on their experience hosting country music's biggest night over the last decade.

"Tonight let's celebrate their lives".

The most wins of the night went to Chris Stapleton.

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He also took home the award for Single of the Year and Song of the Year. "I feel very grateful that I get to do what I do. Thank you country music family.It's all about family around here". "Let the music unite us with love and their enduring memory". No women were among the five nominees this year for entertainer of the year.

"2018 has been a huge year for men in country music", quipped Paisley as he opened the three-hour show with Underwood. Recent Country Hall of Famer Ricky Skaggs performed alongside Brad Paisley and Keith Urban.

Underwood was overcome with emotion as she picked up her Female Vocalist trophy, telling the audience, "I have been blessed with so many things in my life, and. still haven't done anything to deserve it".

Garth Brooks debuted a brand new song called Stronger Than Me dedicated to his wife, Trisha Yearwood.

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Other winners included Luke Combs for Best New Artist and Old Dominion for Vocal Group of the Year.

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