2017 CMA Awards: ‘Entertainer of the Year’ Crowned

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Between five stellar country music superstars, who takes home the 2017 CMA Awards 'Entertainer of the Year' honor? Find out here!

Hands down, scoring the ‘Entertainer of the Year’ distinction at the CMA Awards is a major career achievement. Just being nominated for the honor is a big deal in itself. This year, Garth BrooksLuke Bryan, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, and Keith Urban were up for the award and now we know who reigns supreme…

The 2017 CMA Awards Entertainer of the Year is…. GARTH BROOKS! 

Congrats to this top-notch entertainer! In 2016, Garth Brooks snagged the award for the fifth time in his storied country music career. Luke Bryan has won the honor twice (2014/ 2015) and Keith Urban only once in 2005. Both Stapleton and Church have been nominated in year’s past, but neither has taken home the most coveted prize in country music.

In case you were curious about the history of the award, which was first given away in 1967, here’s a rundown of past winners!

CMA Awards ‘Entertainer of the Year’ Winners By Year 

1967 Eddy Arnold
1968 Glen Campbell
1969 Johnny Cash
1970 Merle Haggard
1971 Charley Pride
1972 Loretta Lynn
1973 Roy Clark
1974 Charlie Rich
1975 John Denver
1976 Mel Tillis
1977 Ronnie Milsap
1978 Dolly Parton
1979 Willie Nelson
1980 Barbara Mandrell
1981 Barbara Mandrell
1982 Alabama
1983 Alabama
1984 Alabama
1985 Ricky Skaggs
1986 Reba McEntire
1987 Hank Williams, Jr.
1988 Hank Williams, Jr.
1989 George Strait
1990 George Strait
1991 Garth Brooks
1992 Garth Brooks
1993 Vince Gill
1994 Vince Gill
1995 Alan Jackson
1996 Brooks & Dunn
1997 Garth Brooks
1998 Garth Brooks
1999 Shania Twain
2000 Dixie Chicks
2001 Tim McGraw
2002 Alan Jackson
2003 Alan Jackson
2004 Kenny Chesney
2005 Keith Urban
2006 Kenny Chesney
2007 Kenny Chesney
2008 Kenny Chesney
2009 Taylor Swift
2010 Brad Paisley
2011 Taylor Swift
2012 Blake Shelton
2013 George Strait
2014 Luke Bryan
2015 Luke Bryan
2016 Garth Brooks

The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the more than 6,300 industry professional members of CMA, which when established in 1958 became the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music. The first CMA Awards Banquet and Show was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on NBC television for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. Albums and songs released between July 1 of the previous calendar year and June 30 of the award show’s year are eligible for consideration.

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