Ratings for 2018 CMA Awards - Country Music Association Awards

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The 2018 CMA Awards posted a new all-time low in the overnight ratings, shedding a massive chunk of the show's audience from previous year. They then performed "I'll Take You There", jamming onstage along with a choir.

Garth Brooks, who opened the ceremony by dedicating the show to the 12 victims of the Borderline Bar & Grill massacre in Thousand Oaks, California "a week ago tonight", also wowed by performing Stronger Than Me, a love song he wrote for his wife Trisha Yearwood.

Underwood worked triple-duty as co-host, performer and nominee at the CMAs.

He was referring to the 12 people who were killed at a Southern California country music bar last week - who were also honored at the top of the show held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. "Make some noise for those boys". "I feel very grateful that I get to do what I do".

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On a male-dominated night, Kacey Musgraves, 30, won her first big CMA prize, taking home album of the year for Golden Hour.

"If this was in Florida there definitely would be a recount", added T.J. Osborne, which earned laughs from the crowd. "That's so insane", she said. She specializes in pop culture, country music, and news content. "God bless you all", Urban said.

Besides an array of estimable side men, Skaggs tapped into the elastic talents of Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Marty Stuart and bluegrass diva Sierra Hull.

Since Underwood is pregnant with her second child with husband Mike Fisher, everyone expected some sort of reveal going into Wednesday's 52nd Annual CMA Awards.

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