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CMA Awards 2015: Rule breakers and risk takers define the show

CMA Awards 2015: Rule breakers and risk takers define the show

Here’s something that already seems like a forgotten detail from the 49th annual Country Music Assn. Awards: Luke Bryan, that grinning superstar scamp, was named entertainer of the year.

You could argue that Bryan’s win made such little impact because it was merely a reiteration, the second year in a row he’s taken Nashville’s most prestigious title. Or perhaps it was because the presentation came at the tail end of an overstuffed show, broadcast live Wednesday night from the Bridgestone Arena, that, as always, had to race to cross the finish line.

Really, though, Bryan was overshadowed at the CMAs by a more exciting story line: the anointment of a...

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