Maren Morris’ Response To Eric Church’s Entertainer of the Year Win Is Priceless

When Eric Church was announced as the CMA Entertainer of the Year on Wednesday, one artist was noticeably missing from…


Lauren Jo Black

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November 13, 2020


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When Eric Church was announced as the CMA Entertainer of the Year on Wednesday, one artist was noticeably missing from the small audience: Maren Morris. That’s because she had just won Female Vocalist of the Year and was backstage doing interviews when Church’s big moment arrived. Therefore, Morris had no idea who received the top honor of the night – that is until he stepped backstage with his new hardware.

On Friday, Morris recalled the hilarious moment she found out Church had won and her reaction is absolutely priceless.

“A funny CMA moment (excuse my profanity). I was doing press when they announced EOTY so I didn’t know who won until I saw @ericchurch come to the press carpet with an award,” she explained.

“I asked ‘Wait. Did you just win Entertainer?’ He said with a sly grin, ‘Yep.’ I said ‘Fu**ing. Finally.’”

Morris wasn’t the only one rooting for Church that night.

After his name was announced, fellow EOTY nominee Luke Combs jumped out of his seat to cheer on “The Chief” while Jon Pardi was also seen jumping up and down in the background.

This was Church’s first win in the Entertainer of the Year category.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.