Best Shoutout to Mom: Ronnie Bowman
When "Nobody to Blame" won Song of the Year, Chris Stapleton was joined onstage by his winning co-writers Barry Bales and Ronnie Bowman. In what may have been the single most country moment of the night, Bowman, wearing an irrepressible grin, reminisced about growing up in a mobile home with his mother and how, when he was 14, she turned to him and asked, "Son, would you write me a song?’ And I went back there and did that and I've been doing that ever since thanks to my mama. She's passed away, Hazel Bowman." We think Hazel would be very, very proud.