> Album: Chief
> Artist: Eric Church
Eric Church has been a country music juggernaut since winning as Top New Solo Vocalist at the Academy of Country Music Awards for 2010. “Chief” was the first of his three country chart-toppers, and he won CMA Album of the Year over Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, and Luke Bryan. Church co-wrote 10 of the 11 songs on the album. Among the more notable songs about loss and loneliness are “I’m Gettin’ Stoned” and “Springsteen.”
> Album: Based On A True Story …
> Artist: Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton won his sole Album of the Year award to date for his seventh studio album, “Based On A True Story..” Shelton’s modern take on country, stood out among fellow nominees Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves, and Little Big Town. The singer — at this point a judge on singing competition show “The Voice” — also won the 2013 award for Male Vocalist of the Year.
> Album: Platinum
> Artist: Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert won the CMA Album of the Year with “Platinum,” defeating Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, and Eric Church. “Platinum” was Lambert’s fifth country No. 1 album and held the top spot for six weeks. “Somethin’ Bad” was one of her five overall country No. 1 hits that came from the album.
> Album: Traveller
> Artist: Chris Stapleton
After working as a Nashville songwriter for years, Chris Stapleton took the industry by storm with his debut solo album “Traveller.” The collection of soulful country-rock songs won Album of the Year over releases from Jason Aldean, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town, and Kenny Chesney. Stapleton was also honored with awards for Male Vocalist and New Artist of the Year in 2015.