Keith Urban accepts the award for single of the year for "Blue Ain't Your Color" at the 51st annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo)
While paying tribute to Charley Pride, filmmaker Tyler Perry said now is the time we have to all "find some common ground."
And the show opened with a performance by Keith Urban, Eric Church, Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum honoring the victims of the recent mass shootings, as well as the tens of thousands of people affected by hurricanes in recent months.
Urban took things a step further 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. He earned a rousing applause after the performance.