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CMA Awards: Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban Among Winners at Emotional Show

The ceremony included a tribute to those who died during the tragic Oct. 1 shooting at the Route 91 Music Festival in Las Vegas.

Loretta Lynn, Recovering From Stroke, Surprises at Country Music Hall of Fame

Lynn appeared at the ceremony to honor Alan Jackson, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.

Country Music Star Don Williams Dies at 78

The Texas native who earned him the nickname “The Gentle Giant" passed away after a short illness.

CMA Awards: Beyonce and Dixie Chicks Shine, Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks Win Big

The 50th annual show featured a diverse mix of today's country stars, the all-time legends, and yes, Beyonce, in a guest role.

Jean Shepard, Grand Ole Opry Star, Dies at 82

Shepard passed away on Sunday morning after an extended illness.

Joey + Rory’s Joey Martin Feek Dies at 40

The singer had been waging a courageous battle against cancer since 2014.

Sonny James, Country Hall of Famer and Hitmaker, Dies at 87

James struck gold with the teen anthem "Young Love" in 1957.

Charlie Dick, Widower of Patsy Cline, Dies at 81

Ed Harris portrayed Dick in 'Sweet Dreams.'

CMA Awards 2015: Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton Win Big

Stapleton nabbed three surprise victories, while Bryan repeated as entertainer of the year.

Billy Joe Royal, Veteran Country and Pop Performer, Dies at 73

His hits included "Down in the Boondocks" and "Burn Like a Rocket."

Billy Sherrill, Country Producer Behind George Jones, Dies at 78

He helped create the smooth ‘countrypolitan’ sound of the 1960s and ’70s and co-wrote Tammy Wynette's “Stand by Your Man.”

Lynn Anderson, Singer Behind the Country Hit “Rose Garden,” Dies at 67

To modern ears, she stands as a pure country legend, but her music was definitely on the cutting edge of crossover at the time.