Country Music Association Awards

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Country Music Association Awards
Awarded forAchievements in country music
CountryUnited States
Presented byCountry Music Association
First awarded1967
Television/Radio coverage
NetworkNBC (1968–1971)
CBS (1972–2005)
ABC (2006–present)
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Country Music Association Awards
Awarded forAchievements in country music
CountryUnited States
Presented byCountry Music Association
First awarded1967
Television/Radio coverage
NetworkNBC (1968–1971)
CBS (1972–2005)
ABC (2006–present)

The Country Music Association Awards, also known as the CMA Awards or CMAs (not to be confused with the ACM Awards), are presented to country music artists and broadcasters according to voting by CMA members.[1][2] The first CMA awards were presented at an untelevised ceremony in Nashville's Municipal Auditorium in 1967; the Entertainer of the Year award that night went to Eddy Arnold. The second annual CMA awards were presented in October 1968; NBC taped the ceremony and televised it a few weeks later. Since then, the awards have been televised live, usually in October or November, by NBC from 1969 through 1971, by CBS from 1972 through 2005, and by the ABC beginning in 2006. For many years they were held at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry (initially at Ryman Auditorium, and from 1974 through 2004 at the new Grand Ole Opry House). In 2005 they moved to Madison Square Garden in New York City. Since 2006 they have been held at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

Annual awards are given in the following twelve categories: Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, New Artist (previously known as the Horizon Award until 2008), Vocal Group, Vocal Duo (introduced in 1970), Single, Album, Song, Musical Event (split off from the Vocal Duo award in 1988 as Vocal Event), Music Video (introduced in 1985), and Musician.[1] The distinction between the Duo and Event awards is that the former is presented to two artists who normally perform together, while the latter was specifically created to honor one-off collaborations. Nine awards are also given to radio broadcasters for Station of the Year and Personality of the Year (divided into four categories each, based on market size), as well as National Personality of the Year to the host of a nationally syndicated show.[1] Since 2012, the ceremony features a Lifetime Achievement Award.[3]

The awards show features performances by top country music artists. Until 2002 it included snippets of hit songs by up-and-coming new artists (before going to commercial breaks).[1]

In 2013, through a partnership with Spotify, fans could predict the CMA Awards winners and enter to win a trip to the 2014 CMA Awards.[2]

Major awards[edit]

YearEntertainer of the YearMale Vocalist of the YearFemale Vocalist of the YearSong of the Year
2014Luke BryanBlake SheltonMiranda LambertKacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally, Brandy Clark – "Follow Your Arrow"
2013George StraitJessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Jimmy Yeary – "I Drive Your Truck"
2012Blake SheltonMiranda Lambert, Blake Shelton – "Over You"
2011Taylor SwiftKimberly Perry – "If I Die Young"
2010Brad PaisleyTom Douglas, Allen Shamblin – "The House That Built Me"
2009Taylor SwiftBrad PaisleyTaylor SwiftJamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller, James Otto – "In Color"
2008Kenny ChesneyCarrie UnderwoodJennifer Nettles – "Stay"
2007Bill Anderson, Jamey Johnson, Buddy Cannon – "Give It Away"
2006Keith UrbanCraig Wiseman, Ronnie Dunn – "Believe"
2005Keith UrbanGretchen WilsonBill Anderson, Jon Randall – "Whiskey Lullaby"
2004Kenny ChesneyMartina McBrideCraig Wiseman, Tim Nichols – "Live Like You Were Dying"
2003Alan JacksonAlan JacksonDoug Johnson, Kim Williams – "Three Wooden Crosses"
2002Alan Jackson – "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)"
2001Tim McGrawToby KeithLee Ann WomackLarry Cordle, Larry Shell – "Murder on Music Row"
2000Dixie ChicksTim McGrawFaith HillMark D. Sanders, Tia Sillers – "I Hope You Dance"
1999Shania TwainMartina McBrideBeth Neilsen Chapman, Annie Roboff, Rob Lerner – "This Kiss"
1998Garth BrooksGeorge StraitTrisha YearwoodSteve Wariner, Billy Kirsch – "Holes in the Floor of Heaven"
1997Matraca Berg, Gary Harrison – "Strawberry Wine"
1996Brooks & DunnPatty LovelessVince Gill – "Go Rest High on That Mountain"
1995Alan JacksonVince GillAlison KraussGretchen Peters – "Independence Day"
1994Vince GillPam TillisAlan Jackson, Jim McBride – "Chattahoochee"
1993Mary Chapin CarpenterJohn Barlow Jarvis, Vince Gill – "I Still Believe in You"
1992Garth BrooksMax D. Barnes, Vince Gill – "Look at Us"
1991Tanya TuckerTim DuBois, Vince Gill – "When I Call Your Name"
1990George StraitClint BlackKathy MatteaDon Henry, Jon Vezner – "Where've You Been"
1989Ricky Van SheltonMax D. Barnes, Vern Gosdin – "Chiseled in Stone"
1988Hank Williams, Jr.Randy TravisK. T. OslinK. T. Oslin – "80's Ladies"
1987Reba McEntirePaul Overstreet, Don Schlitz – "Forever and Ever, Amen"
1986Reba McEntireGeorge StraitPaul Overstreet, Don Schlitz – "On the Other Hand"
1985Ricky SkaggsLee Greenwood – "God Bless the USA"
1984AlabamaLee GreenwoodLarry Henley, Jeff Silbar – "Wind Beneath My Wings"
1983Janie FrickeWayne Carson Thompson, Johnny Christopher, Mark James – "Always on My Mind"
1982Ricky Skaggs
1981Barbara MandrellGeorge JonesBarbara MandrellBobby Braddock, Curly Putman – "He Stopped Loving Her Today"
1980Emmylou Harris
1979Willie NelsonKenny RogersBarbara MandrellDon Schlitz – "The Gambler"
1978Dolly PartonDon WilliamsCrystal GayleRichard Leigh – "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue"
1977Ronnie MilsapRonnie MilsapRoger Bowling, Hal Bynum – "Lucille"
1976Mel TillisDolly PartonLarry Weiss – "Rhinestone Cowboy"
1975John DenverWaylon JenningsJohn Denver – "Back Home Again"
1974Charlie RichRonnie MilsapOlivia Newton-JohnDon Wayne – "Country Bumpkin"
1973Roy ClarkCharlie RichLoretta LynnKenny O'Dell – "Behind Closed Doors"
1972Loretta LynnCharley PrideFreddie Hart – "Easy Loving"
1971Charley PrideLynn Anderson
1970Merle HaggardMerle HaggardTammy WynetteKris Kristofferson – "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down"
1969Johnny CashJohnny CashBob Ferguson – "The Carroll County Accident"
1968Glen CampbellGlen CampbellBobby Russell – "Honey"
1967Eddy ArnoldJack GreeneLoretta LynnDallas Frazier – "There Goes My Everything"

CMA Awards hosts[edit]

For a more comprehensive list, see List of Country Music Association Awards ceremonies.

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley have co-hosted the ceremonies together since 2008. Vince Gill has been the longest concurrent host from 1992 to 2003, with Reba McEntire co-hosting in 1992 and Clint Black co-hosting in 1993. The first ceremony in 1967 was co-hosted by Sonny James and Bobbie Gentry, but this ceremony was not televised.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Country dj. "Country Music Association Awards". Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b CMA Awards. "Country Music's Biggest Night". Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kenny Rogers Presented With the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award". CMA World (Country Music Association). November 8, 2013. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 

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