Garth Brooks, who lost entertainer of the year at last year's Country Music Association Awards when he returned to music after a 13-year break, won the top prize at the show Wednesday, the AP reports. Brooks beat out Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, and last year's winner, Luke Bryan. "We are so damn lucky to be part of this thing called country music," Brooks yelled loudly at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Taylor Swift presented Brooks the award, but she wasn't the only pop star in the building: In a surprise duet with the Dixie Chicks, Beyonce sang her twangy song "Daddy Lessons" on a night celebrating the CMA Awards' 50th anniversary.
Dolly Parton, who earned the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, was honored by Reba McEntire, Underwood, Martina McBride, and Kacey Musgraves, who all sang a rousing rendition of "I Will Always Love You." "I would have cried, but I didn't want to mess up my eyelashes," said Parton. Stapleton, who won big at last year's show, was the night's top winner with two: He took home male vocalist and music video of the year. Underwood won female vocalist of the year, ending Miranda Lambert's six-year consecutive winning streak since 2010. Eric Church won album of the year for "Mr. Misunderstood" and Maren Morris picked up new artist of the year. Click for a full list of winners. (Read more Country Music Association Awards stories.)