Watch Carly Pearce’s Tearful Reaction To Her CMA Awards Win

Carly Pearce won her very first CMA Award this morning and her reaction was PRICELESS. Pearce and Lee Brice’s chart-topping…

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Lauren Jo Black

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November 11, 2020

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Carly Pearce; Photo by Hunter Berry/CMA

Carly Pearce won her very first CMA Award this morning and her reaction was PRICELESS.

Pearce and Lee Brice’s chart-topping duet, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” won the award for CMA Musical Event of the Year ahead of tonight’s 54th Annual CMA Awards and Pearce couldn’t contain her emotions upon hearing the good news.

The singer/songwriter was in the midst of doing a radio interview from home when she got word of her big win. Her tearful reaction was caught on camera and she later shared it to Instagram.

“GUYS I WAS SITTING DOING INTERVIEWS AND GOT THE NEWS THAT @leebrice AND I WON “MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR.” This was the moment I found out as I sobbed on the phone in my pjs,” she wrote. “Thank you, thank you, thank you. In a year that started as the hardest I’ve ever experienced, YALL are helping me see the big, bright, BEAUTIFUL light at the end of the tunnel.”


“I Hope You’re Happy Now” was also nominated for Music Video of the Year and is still in the running for Song of the Year. Pearce is also nominated for New Artist of the Year.

Pearce will perform the chart-topping hit with Charles Kelley during the CMA Awards tonight as Brice was unable to appear after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

The 54th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker, will take place live from Nashville’s Music City Center Wednesday, Nov. 11 (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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.