> Album: Mr. Misunderstood
> Artist: Eric Church
Eric Church’s “Mr. Misunderstood” won the CMA Album of the Year, defeating Dierks Bentley, Maren Morris, Keith Urban, and Carrie Underwood. The album went to No. 2 on the country chart. The title track is somewhat autobiographical and tells the story of a teenage outsider.
> Album: From A Room: Volume 1
> Artist: Chris Stapleton
Two years after he won Album of the Year for his solo debut, Chris Stapleton won once again with his “From A Room: Volume 1.” The album offers a collection of well-written songs presented in a subdued, and at times even stripped-down, manner, including single “Broken Halos.” Stapleton’s second album won over nominees Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and Miranda Lambert.
> Album: Golden Hour
> Artist: Kacey Musgraves
Kacey Musgraves won her first CMA Album of the Year by topping Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, and Dierks Bentley. “Golden Hour” fuses traditional country sounds with lyrics containing a progressive sensibility. The album was the third country No. 1 for Musgraves.