At the end of the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night, presenter Lionel Richie paused dramatically before he announced entertainer of the year, the show's biggest prize. In the audience, someone yelled "Chris Stapleton!" Everyone laughed, because Stapleton is an industry favorite, and would probably win.
But then Richie opened the envelope and read the name: "Keith Urban!"
No one looked more stunned than Urban, who is approaching the fourth decade of his career, and last won entertainer of the year in 2005. Urban immediately became emotional and wiped his eyes as he approached the microphone in disbelief.
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