Arkansas Natives Win At 53rd CMA Awards

It was one of country music’s biggest nights as stars gathered round at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee for the 53rd Annual Country Music Awards.

The big award show was hosted by country music artist, Carrie Underwood and guest hosts that are both country music royalty, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.

Photo by Leah Puttkammer, Getty Images

While there was a variety of winners from the big night, there was a couple of Arkansas natives that were thrilled to become new CMA award winners!

Shay Mooney, who is well known for being from the country music duo, Dan + Shay and is from the natural state, brought home an award with Dan Smyers for Vocal Duo Of The Year!

Ashley McBryde. Photo by Terry Wyatt, Getty Images

Along with them, a upcoming country music female artist, Ashley McBryde who is originally from Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, won the award for New Artist Of The Year!

Although there’s one particular artist from Arkansas that completely dominated the country music industry at the show. This talented woman would be a fiddle player, Jenee Fleenor from Springdale, who was not only the first woman to ever be nominated for the Musician Of The Year award at the CMA’s, but extraordinarily WON in her category!

“My little country heart is so happy!!!” says Jenee Fleenor on her CMA award. Check out her Instagram post talking about winning the award and a new song she just released called Fiddle & Steel below or by clicking HERE!

The CMBeat just wanted to highlight these amazing country music artists from Arkansas and their incredible wins from the 53rd Annual CMA Awards! You are making your state very proud! Congratulations to Dan + Shay, Ashley McBryde, Jenee Fleenor and ALL the winners from the awards!

You can check out a full list of winners from the 53rd Annual CMA Awards by clicking HERE. Be sure to follow the Country Music Association on their social media including on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Also be sure to follow all of these great country music artists on their social media as well!

Dan + Shay – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Ashley McBryde – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Jenee Fleenor – Twitter, Instagram

What did you think of these winners at the 53rd Annual CMA Awards? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so leave me a comment below or on social media!


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