, also known as the Country Music Association Awards CMA Awards or CMAs, are presented to country music artists and broadcasters to recognize outstanding achievement in the country music industry.  The televised annual presentation ceremony features performances and award presentations by popular country music artists.  
History [ edit ]
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.
More than 7,300 individuals from the Country Music Association trade group vote for the nominees and winners through three rounds of balloting.  
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.
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.  Since 2012, the ceremony features a  Lifetime Achievement Award. 
Major awards [ edit ]
Entertainer of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year New Artist of the Year
Song of the Year
Album of the Year
Lori McKenna – " Humble and Kind"
Miranda Lambert Chris Stapleton
Liz Rose, Lori McKenna and Hillary Lindsey – " Girl Crush"
Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally, Brandy Clark – " Follow Your Arrow"
George Strait Kacey Musgraves
Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Jimmy Yeary – " I Drive Your Truck"
Based on a True Story...
Hunter Hayes Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton – "
The Band Perry
Kimberly Perry – " If I Die Young"
My Kinda Party
Zac Brown Band
Tom Douglas, Allen Shamblin – " The House That Built Me"
Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller, James Otto – " In Color"
Kenny Chesney Carrie Underwood
Jennifer Nettles – " Stay"
Bill Anderson, Jamey Johnson, Buddy Cannon – " Give It Away"
It Just Comes Natural
Keith Urban Carrie Underwood
Craig Wiseman, Ronnie Dunn – " Believe"
Time Well Wasted
Bill Anderson, Jon Randall – " Whiskey Lullaby"
There's More Where That Came From
Gretchen Wilson Craig Wiseman,
Tim Nichols – " Live Like You Were Dying"
When the Sun Goes Down
Alan Jackson Alan Jackson
Joe Nichols Doug Johnson, Kim Williams – "
Three Wooden Crosses"
The Man Comes Around
Rascal Flatts Alan Jackson – "
Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)"
Lee Ann Womack Keith Urban
Larry Cordle, Larry Shell – " Murder on Music Row"
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Dixie Chicks Tim McGraw
Brad Paisley Mark D. Sanders, Tia Sillers – "
I Hope You Dance"
Shania Twain Martina McBride
Jo Dee Messina
Beth Neilsen Chapman, Annie Roboff, Rob Lerner – " This Kiss"
A Place in the Sun
Trisha Yearwood Dixie Chicks
Steve Wariner, Billy Kirsch – " Holes in the Floor of Heaven"
Matraca Berg, Gary Harrison – " Strawberry Wine"
Carrying Your Love with Me
Brooks & Dunn
Vince Gill – " Go Rest High on That Mountain"
Blue Clear Sky
Alison Krauss Alison Krauss
Gretchen Peters – " Independence Day"
When Fallen Angels Fly
John Michael Montgomery Alan Jackson, Jim McBride – "
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Mark Chesnutt John Barlow Jarvis, Vince Gill – "
I Still Believe in You"
I Still Believe in You
Suzy Bogguss Max D. Barnes, Vince Gill – "
Look at Us"
Ropin' the Wind
Travis Tritt Tim DuBois, Vince Gill – "
When I Call Your Name"
Kathy Mattea Garth Brooks
Don Henry, Jon Vezner – "
Where've You Been"
Pickin' on Nashville
Ricky Van Shelton Clint Black
Max D. Barnes,
Vern Gosdin – " Chiseled in Stone"
Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Volume II
Hank Williams, Jr.
K. T. Oslin
Ricky Van Shelton K. T. Oslin – "
Born to Boogie
Paul Overstreet, Don Schlitz – " Forever and Ever, Amen"
Always & Forever
Randy Travis Paul Overstreet, Don Schlitz – "
On the Other Hand"
Lost in the Fifties Tonight
Lee Greenwood – " God Bless the USA"
Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind
Alabama Lee Greenwood
Larry Henley, Jeff Silbar – " Wind Beneath My Wings"
A Little Good News
Wayne Carson Thompson, Johnny Christopher, Mark James – " Always on My Mind"
The Closer You Get...
Always on My Mind
George Jones Barbara Mandrell
Bobby Braddock, Curly Putman – " He Stopped Loving Her Today"
I Believe in You
Emmylou Harris No award presented
Coal Miner's Daughter Soundtrack
Kenny Rogers Barbara Mandrell
Don Schlitz – "
Richard Leigh – " Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue"
It Was Almost Like a Song
Ronnie Milsap Ronnie Milsap
Roger Bowling, Hal Bynum – " Lucille"
Ronnie Milsap: Live
Dolly Parton Larry Weiss – "
Wanted! The Outlaws
Waylon Jennings John Denver – "
Back Home Again"
A Legend in My Time
Charlie Rich Ronnie Milsap
Olivia Newton-John Don Wayne – "
A Very Special Love Song
Roy Clark Charlie Rich
Kenny O'Dell – " Behind Closed Doors"
Behind Closed Doors
Freddie Hart – " Easy Loving"
Let Me Tell You About a Song
I Won't Mention It Again
Merle Haggard Merle Haggard
Kris Kristofferson – " Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down"
Okie from Muskogee
Johnny Cash Johnny Cash
Bob Ferguson – " The Carroll County Accident"
Johnny Cash at San Quentin
Glen Campbell Glen Campbell
Bobby Russell – " Honey"
Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison
Jack Greene Loretta Lynn
Dallas Frazier – " There Goes My Everything"
There Goes My Everything
CMA Awards hosts [ edit ]
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood 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.
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