The CMAs also took time to honor the victims of the Thousand Oaks shooting and the California wildfires.
Darius Rucker, Jana Kramer and Chris Young all had their say.
The brightest stars of country music came out to celebrate.
If you weren't at Pop's Farm in Axton, Virginia, the home of Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival, under the stars on Saturday, Aug. 20, you missed an incredible high-energy performance by the incomparable Southwest Virginia native Josh Shilling and his band, Mountain Heart.
The country singer is clearly only in it for the music.
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More big-name musicians must step forward and say: "There's always more money, but I only have one name. And I won't have people shouting my name in states where there are citizens who have no rights."
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The video, released Monday, stars Ben Foster and Margarita Levieva.
Caudle's also featured on the Country Fried Rock podcast here, Saving Country Music named "Carolina Ghost" an album to look forward to in 2016 and both American Songwriter and Paste Magazine have debuted tracks.
Charles Kelley's new album "The Driver" features his gritty tone, heartfelt lyrics and a Chris Stapleton song.