Country Music Association Awards

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Not to be confused with Academy of Country Music Awards.
Country Music Association Awards
Awarded for Achievements in country music
Country United States
Presented by Country Music Association
First awarded 1967
Official website
Television/Radio coverage
Network NBC (1968–1971)
CBS (1972–2005)
ABC (2006–present)

The Country Music Association Awards, also known as the CMA Awards or CMAs, are presented to country music artists and broadcasters to recognize outstanding achievement in the county music industry.[1][2] The televised annual presentation ceremony features performances and award presentations by popular country music artists.[1]


The first CMA awards were presented at an untelevised ceremony at the Nashville 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 ABC beginning in 2006. Starting in 1968 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 the awards show was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Since 2006, they have been held at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

Eligibility and voting[edit]

Albums and songs released between July 1 of the previous calendar year and June 30 of the award show's year are eligible for consideration.[3] More than 7,400 individuals from the Country Music Association trade group vote for the nominees and winners through three rounds of balloting.[3]


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.[4]

Major awards[edit]

Year Entertainer of the Year Male Vocalist of the Year Female Vocalist of the Year Song of the Year
2014 Luke Bryan Blake Shelton Miranda Lambert Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally, Brandy Clark – "Follow Your Arrow"
2013 George Strait Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Jimmy Yeary – "I Drive Your Truck"
2012 Blake Shelton Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton – "Over You"
2011 Taylor Swift Kimberly Perry – "If I Die Young"
2010 Brad Paisley Tom Douglas, Allen Shamblin – "The House That Built Me"
2009 Taylor Swift Brad Paisley Taylor Swift Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller, James Otto – "In Color"
2008 Kenny Chesney Carrie Underwood Jennifer Nettles – "Stay"
2007 Bill Anderson, Jamey Johnson, Buddy Cannon – "Give It Away"
2006 Keith Urban Craig Wiseman, Ronnie Dunn – "Believe"
2005 Keith Urban Gretchen Wilson Bill Anderson, Jon Randall – "Whiskey Lullaby"
2004 Kenny Chesney Martina McBride Craig Wiseman, Tim Nichols – "Live Like You Were Dying"
2003 Alan Jackson Alan Jackson Doug Johnson, Kim Williams – "Three Wooden Crosses"
2002 Alan Jackson – "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)"
2001 Tim McGraw Toby Keith Lee Ann Womack Larry Cordle, Larry Shell – "Murder on Music Row"
2000 Dixie Chicks Tim McGraw Faith Hill Mark D. Sanders, Tia Sillers – "I Hope You Dance"
1999 Shania Twain Martina McBride Beth Neilsen Chapman, Annie Roboff, Rob Lerner – "This Kiss"
1998 Garth Brooks George Strait Trisha Yearwood Steve Wariner, Billy Kirsch – "Holes in the Floor of Heaven"
1997 Matraca Berg, Gary Harrison – "Strawberry Wine"
1996 Brooks & Dunn Patty Loveless Vince Gill – "Go Rest High on That Mountain"
1995 Alan Jackson Vince Gill Alison Krauss Gretchen Peters – "Independence Day"
1994 Vince Gill Pam Tillis Alan Jackson, Jim McBride – "Chattahoochee"
1993 Mary Chapin Carpenter John Barlow Jarvis, Vince Gill – "I Still Believe in You"
1992 Garth Brooks Max D. Barnes, Vince Gill – "Look at Us"
1991 Tanya Tucker Tim DuBois, Vince Gill – "When I Call Your Name"
1990 George Strait Clint Black Kathy Mattea Don Henry, Jon Vezner – "Where've You Been"
1989 Ricky Van Shelton Max D. Barnes, Vern Gosdin – "Chiseled in Stone"
1988 Hank Williams, Jr. Randy Travis K. T. Oslin K. T. Oslin – "80's Ladies"
1987 Reba McEntire Paul Overstreet, Don Schlitz – "Forever and Ever, Amen"
1986 Reba McEntire George Strait Paul Overstreet, Don Schlitz – "On the Other Hand"
1985 Ricky Skaggs Lee Greenwood – "God Bless the USA"
1984 Alabama Lee Greenwood Larry Henley, Jeff Silbar – "Wind Beneath My Wings"
1983 Janie Fricke Wayne Carson Thompson, Johnny Christopher, Mark James – "Always on My Mind"
1982 Ricky Skaggs
1981 Barbara Mandrell George Jones Barbara Mandrell Bobby Braddock, Curly Putman – "He Stopped Loving Her Today"
1980 Emmylou Harris
1979 Willie Nelson Kenny Rogers Barbara Mandrell Don Schlitz – "The Gambler"
1978 Dolly Parton Don Williams Crystal Gayle Richard Leigh – "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue"
1977 Ronnie Milsap Ronnie Milsap Roger Bowling, Hal Bynum – "Lucille"
1976 Mel Tillis Dolly Parton Larry Weiss – "Rhinestone Cowboy"
1975 John Denver Waylon Jennings John Denver – "Back Home Again"
1974 Charlie Rich Ronnie Milsap Olivia Newton-John Don Wayne – "Country Bumpkin"
1973 Roy Clark Charlie Rich Loretta Lynn Kenny O'Dell – "Behind Closed Doors"
1972 Loretta Lynn Charley Pride Freddie Hart – "Easy Loving"
1971 Charley Pride Lynn Anderson
1970 Merle Haggard Merle Haggard Tammy Wynette Kris Kristofferson – "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down"
1969 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash Bob Ferguson – "The Carroll County Accident"
1968 Glen Campbell Glen Campbell Bobby Russell – "Honey"
1967 Eddy Arnold Jack Greene Loretta Lynn Dallas 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, co-hosting with Reba in 1992 and Clint Black 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. ^ CMA Awards. "Country Music's Biggest Night". Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "It's Balloting Season at CMA!". CMA World (Country Music Association). May 18, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  4. ^ "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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