Garth Brooks continued his winning streak as entertainer of the year at the 2017 Country Music Association Awards, beating out Luke Bryan and Keith Urban.
Brooks, who has won the top prize six times, also beat Chris Stapleton and Eric Church on Wednesday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
The night was marked by emotional and political moments.
The show opened with a performance by Church, Urban, Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum honoring the victims of recent mass shootings, as well as the tens of thousands of people affected by hurricanes in recent months. Carrie Underwood broke down while singing during the "In Memoriam" section after photos of the 58 people who died at a country music festival in Las Vegas were shown.
While paying tribute to Charley Pride, filmmaker Tyler Perry said now is the time we have to all "find some common ground."
Urban earned a rousing applause when he debuted a song called "Female," which he said was inspired by the dozens of allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Harvey Weinstein.
The CMA Awards also paid tribute to some of the genre's brightest stars who have passed away. Glen Campbell, who died in August, was honored during a touching performance of "Wichita Lineman" by Little Big Town and Jimmy Webb, who wrote the song.
Rascal Flatts and Dierks Bentley also paid homage to Troy Gentry, one-half of the popular country duo Montgomery Gentry, who died in a helicopter crash in September. Eddie Montgomery later joined in for the performance of "My Town," as some audience members sang along with tears in their eyes.
Spacey to be replaced in finished movie
In a wholly unprecedented move, Kevin Spacey is being cut from Ridley Scott's finished film "All the Money in the World" and replaced by Christopher Plummer just over one month before it's supposed to hit theaters. People close to the production who were not authorized to speak publicly said Wednesday that Plummer is commencing reshoots immediately in the role of J. Paul Getty. All of Spacey's scenes will be reshot, the people said. Co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams are expected to participate. Scott, who is known to be an efficient director, is intending to keep the film's Dec. 22 release date. The film was originally set to have its world premiere at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles on Nov. 16 but was pulled earlier this week amid the sexual harassment reports surrounding Spacey, who was also fired from "House of Cards."
Oscar: Whether it's his breakthrough performance in "The Dirty Dozen," his portrayal of a demented arsonist in "Backdraft" or playing a ruthless president in "The Hunger Games" films, Donald Sutherland's career spans roughly 140 films in every genre, his performances tinged with wit and charm. None, however, has earned Sutherland an Academy Award, let alone a nomination. That will change Saturday when Sutherland receives an honorary Oscar at the film academy's ninth annual Governors Awards.