With a modern ball gown and the love of her life on her arm, Maren Morris stepped onto the red carpet with six nominations and the admiration of country music fans young and old. Just minutes before the award for CMA Album of the Year was announced, Morris belted the album’s title track amongst a stage filled with flowers. A cheer erupted as GIRL (Maren Morris Producers: busbee, Maren Morris, Greg Kurstin) was announced as the CMA Album of the Year.
During its first week, GIRL far surpassed any album for the largest-ever debut streaming week for a country album by a woman with 23.96 million streams. And GIRL continues to be a favorite amongst country music fans and critics.
With tears in her eyes, Maren was overcome with gratitude and emotions as she addressed her husband Ryan Hurd, “The love of my life, Ryan, thank you for always being in the seat next to me.” As she continued, Maren turned to one of her producers, “And Greg, thank you so much for making this record with me.”
Overcome with tears, Maren when on to share the honor with the album’s other producer and beloved music industry staple the late busbee. Who’s recent passing shook the country music industry.
Speaking to busbee’s wife about his daughter, “I hope when they listen to this record or any of the songs he made, that made us all better, they know how amazing their father was. Thank you, country music! Thank you to the fans! Thank you!”
The following albums were also nominated for Album of the Year: Center Point Road – Thomas Rhett, Cry Pretty – Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay – Dan + Shay, Desperate Man – Eric Church.