Chris Stapleton and Dierks Bentley were early winners.
By LESLEY MESSER
November 3, 2016, 12:22 AM
• 3 min read
-- The CMA Awards have been touted as "Country Music's Biggest Night" and A-list stars were all hoping to leave as winners.
Two stars were guaranteed to make acceptance speeches from the start: It was announced in advance that Kenny Chesney would receive the the Pinnacle Award and Dolly Parton would be honored with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.
Meanwhile Chris Stapleton took home two trophies and Garth Brooks nabbed the big award of the night, Entertainer of the Year.
For the complete list of winners (indicated in bold), see below.