Maren Morris’ ‘The Bones’ Nabs Single of the Year Trophy at 2020 CMA Awards

Maren Morris and producer/mix engineer Greg Kurstin took home a win in the Single of the Year category for “The…


Lauren Jo Black

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November 11, 2020


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Maren Morris and producer/mix engineer Greg Kurstin took home a win in the Single of the Year category for “The Bones” during The 54th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday (Nov. 11).

Multi-media personality Bobby Bones was on hand to present the trophy to Morris, who celebrated her first win in the Single of the Year category.

“Thank you so much. This is very weird, but I love this kind of set up so we can hang out with each other,” Morris shared looking out at the mostly empty room.

“Thank you country music and my peers for nominating us and for voting for us,” she went on to say.

Morris, who is set to perform “The Bones” later in the show, also shared her gratitude for the success of the song, saying it has “kind of been a medicine for this crazy year.”

Other singles nominated in the category included Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)’s “10,000 Hours,” Luke Combs’ “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” Miranda Lambert’s “Bluebird,” and Gabby Barrett’s “I Hope.”

The 54th Annual CMA Awards featured performances from Chris Stapleton, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Morgan Wallen, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Luke Combs, Eric Church, Jon Pardi, Keith Urban, Jimmie Allen, Ingrid Andress, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Old Dominion and Kelsea Ballerini.

Additionally, the show included star-studded collaborations by Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber, Reba McEntire featuring Darius Rucker, Gabby Barrett and Charlie Puth, Carly Pearce with Charles Kelley, Thomas Rhett together with McEntire and Chris Tomlin. The show opener featured an all-star performance from Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, and Ashley McBryde paying tribute to the late Charlie Daniels.

Hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker, “Country Music’s Biggest Night” aired on Wednesday, November 11 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET) on ABC.

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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.