Two early winners were announced for tonight’s CMA Awards on Good Morning America this morning (11/9) ahead of the 56th Annual CMA Awards tonight. GMA’s Will Reeve was in Nashville and live outside the Bridge Stone Arena; he announced the winners of the Music Video Of The Year and Musical Event of The Year.
Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde’s “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” won Musical Event, and Cody Johnson’s “‘Til You Can’t” won for Video of the Year.
Carly already posted to Instagram about her win, writing, “WOWWWW what a way to start #cmaawards day!!! This song means everything to me & seeing the life it has had this year has been so rewarding. Thank you, @cma, for this. MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR!!!”
The CMA responded to her post with “Congratulations!!!” Lindsay Ell also responded to her friends winning, saying, “Ahhhh, CONGRATS!!!!!” A fan commented, “YESSSS! Such a powerful song!”
Ashley McBryde also commented on the CMA win on Instagram. She wrote, “I woke up to a text from Carly this morning. HOT DAMN!! That’s a helluva way to start the day! Happy CMA day y’all!! Let’s gooo!!!!”
Carly responded to the post with four red heart emojis.
Video of the Year winner Cody Johnson posted on Instagram this morning (11/9), “Great way to start the day. Thanks, @cma and all of the voters. Thanks, Dustin Haney, for bringing this song to life. Tune in tonight to see me perform it live on @abcnetwork! #CMAawards.”
Music Video Of The Year
“I Bet You Think About Me” (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault) — Taylor Swift (featuring Chris Stapleton) (Director: Blake Lively)
“Longneck Way To Go” — Midland (featuring Jon Pardi) (Director: Harper Smith)
“Never Say Never” — Cole Swindell (with Lainey Wilson) (Director: Michael Monaco)
“Never Wanted To Be That Girl” — Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde (Director: Alexa Campbell)
“‘Til You Can’t” — Cody Johnson (Director: Dustin Haney) — WINNER
Musical Event of The Year
“Beers On Me” — Dierks Bentley with BRELAND & HARDY (Producers: Dierks Bentley, Ross Copperman)
“If I Didn’t Love You” — Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood (Producer: Michael Knox)
“Longneck Way To Go” — Midland (featuring Jon Pardi) (Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
“Never Say Never” — Cole Swindell (with Lainey Wilson) (Producer: Zach Crowell)
“Never Wanted To Be That Girl” — Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde (Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne) — WINNER
Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning will co-host the 2022 CMA Awards live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville tonight, starting at 8 PM ET on ABC.