|Country Music Association Awards|
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|Awarded for||Achievements in country music|
|Presented by||Country Music Association|
|Network|| NBC (1968–1971)|
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 country music industry.The televised annual presentation ceremony features performances and award presentations by popular country music artists, with occasional appearances from pop and rock artists.
The Country Music Association (CMA) was founded in 1958 in Nashville, Tennessee. It originally consisted of 233 members and was the first trade organization formed to promote a music genre. The objectives of the organization are to guide and enhance the development of Country Music throughout the world; to demonstrate it as a viable medium to advertisers, consumers, and media; and to provide a unity of purpose for the Country Music industry. However the CMA may be best known to most country music fans for its annual Country Music Association Awards broadcast live on network television each fall.
Country music, also known as country and western, and hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s. It takes its roots from genres such as American folk music and blues.
The CMA Awards were first presented in 1967, and televised for the first time the following year. The 52nd annual ceremony was held on November 14, 2018 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee and broadcast by ABC.
The 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards, commonly known as the 52nd CMA Awards, were held on November 14, 2018, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The ceremony recognizes some of the best country music released during the eligibility period. It is the thirteenth ceremony to be held at the arena, the nineteenth to be held in November and the eleventh night to be co-hosted by country stars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. The ceremony was directed by Paul Miller.
Bridgestone Arena is a multi-purpose venue in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, that was completed in 1996, and is the home of the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League.
Nashville is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Tennessee. The city is the county seat of Davidson County and is located on the Cumberland River. The city's population ranks 24th in the U.S. According to 2018 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the total consolidated city-county population stood at 692,587. The "balance" population, which excludes semi-independent municipalities within Davidson County, was 669,053 in 2018.
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).
The Nashville Municipal Auditorium is an indoor sports and concert venue in Nashville, Tennessee, which also houses the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. Constructed in 1962, the Auditorium was the first public assembly facility in the Mid South with air conditioning.
Richard Edward "Eddy" Arnold was an American country music singer who performed for six decades. He was a Nashville sound innovator of the late 1950s, and scored 147 songs on the Billboard country music charts, second only to George Jones. He sold more than 85 million records. A member of the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame, Arnold ranked 22nd on Country Music Television's 2003 list of "The 40 Greatest Men of Country Music."
The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American English-language commercial terrestrial television network that is a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. The network is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, with additional major offices near Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. The network is one of the Big Three television networks. NBC is sometimes referred to as the "Peacock Network", in reference to its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company's innovations in early color broadcasting. It became the network's official emblem in 1979.
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.
Madison Square Garden, colloquially known as The Garden or in initials as MSG, is a multi-purpose indoor arena in New York City. Located in Midtown Manhattan between 7th and 8th Avenues from 31st to 33rd Streets, it is situated atop Pennsylvania Station. It is the fourth venue to bear the name "Madison Square Garden"; the first two were located on Madison Square, on East 26th Street and Madison Avenue, with the third Madison Square Garden (1925) further uptown at Eighth Avenue and 50th Street.
The City of New York, usually called either New York City (NYC) or simply New York (NY), is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2018 population of 8,398,748 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 19,979,477 people in its 2018 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 22,679,948 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. The city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.
Prior to 2017, the awards were generally held on the first Wednesday in November. However, since then the awards have been rescheduled for later in the month to avoid conflict with a possible game seven of Major League Baseball’s World Series, since the 2016 ceremony aired the same night as Fox’s eventual telecast of game seven of the 2016 Series, which beat the CMA Awards in the ratings.
Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization, and the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. A total of 30 teams play in the National League (NL) and American League (AL), with 15 teams in each league. The NL and AL were formed as separate legal entities in 1876 and 1901, respectively. After cooperating but remaining legally separate entities beginning in 1903, the leagues merged into a single organization led by the Commissioner of Baseball in 2000. The organization also oversees Minor League Baseball, which comprises 256 teams affiliated with the Major League clubs. With the World Baseball Softball Confederation, MLB manages the international World Baseball Classic tournament.
The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, and the winning team is awarded the Commissioner's Trophy. As the series is played during the fall season in North America, it is sometimes referred to as the Fall Classic.
The 2016 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2016 season. The 112th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion Chicago Cubs and the American League (AL) champion Cleveland Indians, the first meeting of those franchises in postseason history. The series was played between October 25 and November 2. The Indians had home-field advantage because the AL had won the 2016 All-Star Game. This was the final World Series to have home-field advantage determined by the All-Star Game results; since 2017, home-field advantage has been awarded to the team with the better record.
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.
|Year||Entertainer of the Year||Male Vocalist of the Year||Female Vocalist of the Year||New Artist of the Year / Horizon Award||Song of the Year||Album of the Year|
|2018||Keith Urban||Chris Stapleton||Carrie Underwood||Luke Combs||Chris Stapleton and Mike Henderson – "Broken Halos"||Golden Hour|
|2017||Garth Brooks||Miranda Lambert||Jon Pardi||Taylor Swift – "Better Man"||From A Room: Volume 1|
|2016||Carrie Underwood||Maren Morris||Lori McKenna – "Humble and Kind"||Mr. Misunderstood|
|2015||Luke Bryan||Miranda Lambert||Chris Stapleton||Liz Rose, Lori McKenna and Hillary Lindsey – "Girl Crush"||Traveller|
|2014||Blake Shelton||Brett Eldredge||Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally, Brandy Clark – "Follow Your Arrow"||Platinum|
|2013||George Strait||Kacey Musgraves||Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Jimmy Yeary – "I Drive Your Truck"||Based on a True Story...|
|2012||Blake Shelton||Hunter Hayes||Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton – "Over You"||Chief|
|2011||Taylor Swift||The Band Perry||Kimberly Perry – "If I Die Young"||My Kinda Party|
|2010||Brad Paisley||Zac Brown Band||Tom Douglas, Allen Shamblin – "The House That Built Me"||Revolution|
|2009||Taylor Swift||Brad Paisley||Taylor Swift||Darius Rucker||Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller, James Otto – "In Color"||Fearless|
|2008||Kenny Chesney||Carrie Underwood||Lady Antebellum||Jennifer Nettles – "Stay"||Troubadour|
|2007||Taylor Swift||Bill Anderson, Jamey Johnson, Buddy Cannon – "Give It Away"||It Just Comes Natural|
|2006||Keith Urban||Carrie Underwood||Craig Wiseman, Ronnie Dunn – "Believe"||Time Well Wasted|
|2005||Keith Urban||Gretchen Wilson||Dierks Bentley||Bill Anderson, Jon Randall – "Whiskey Lullaby"||There's More Where That Came From|
|2004||Kenny Chesney||Martina McBride||Gretchen Wilson||Craig Wiseman, Tim Nichols – "Live Like You Were Dying"||When the Sun Goes Down|
|2003||Alan Jackson||Alan Jackson||Joe Nichols||Doug Johnson, Kim Williams – "Three Wooden Crosses"||The Man Comes Around|
|2002||Rascal Flatts||Alan Jackson – "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)"||Drive|
|2001||Tim McGraw||Toby Keith||Lee Ann Womack||Keith Urban||Larry Cordle, Larry Shell – "Murder on Music Row"||O Brother, Where Art Thou?|
|2000||Dixie Chicks||Tim McGraw||Faith Hill||Brad Paisley||Mark D. Sanders, Tia Sillers – "I Hope You Dance"||Fly|
|1999||Shania Twain||Martina McBride||Jo Dee Messina||Beth Neilsen Chapman, Annie Roboff, Rob Lerner – "This Kiss"||A Place in the Sun|
|1998||Garth Brooks||George Strait||Trisha Yearwood||Dixie Chicks||Steve Wariner, Billy Kirsch – "Holes in the Floor of Heaven"||Everywhere|
|1997||LeAnn Rimes||Matraca Berg, Gary Harrison – "Strawberry Wine"||Carrying Your Love with Me|
|1996||Brooks & Dunn||Patty Loveless||Bryan White||Vince Gill – "Go Rest High on That Mountain"||Blue Clear Sky|
|1995||Alan Jackson||Vince Gill||Alison Krauss||Alison Krauss||Gretchen Peters – "Independence Day"||When Fallen Angels Fly|
|1994||Vince Gill||Pam Tillis||John Michael Montgomery||Alan Jackson, Jim McBride – "Chattahoochee"||Common Thread|
|1993||Mary Chapin Carpenter||Mark Chesnutt||John Barlow Jarvis, Vince Gill – "I Still Believe in You"||I Still Believe in You|
|1992||Garth Brooks||Suzy Bogguss||Max D. Barnes, Vince Gill – "Look at Us"||Ropin' the Wind|
|1991||Tanya Tucker||Travis Tritt||Tim DuBois, Vince Gill – "When I Call Your Name"||No Fences|
|1990||George Strait||Clint Black||Kathy Mattea||Garth Brooks||Don Henry, Jon Vezner – "Where've You Been"||Pickin' on Nashville|
|1989||Ricky Van Shelton||Clint Black||Max D. Barnes, Vern Gosdin – "Chiseled in Stone"||Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Volume II|
|1988||Hank Williams, Jr.||Randy Travis||K. T. Oslin||Ricky Van Shelton||K. T. Oslin – "80's Ladies"||Born to Boogie|
|1987||Reba McEntire||Holly Dunn||Paul Overstreet, Don Schlitz – "Forever and Ever, Amen"||Always & Forever|
|1986||Reba McEntire||George Strait||Randy Travis||Paul Overstreet, Don Schlitz – "On the Other Hand"||Lost in the Fifties Tonight|
|1985||Ricky Skaggs||Sawyer Brown||Lee Greenwood – "God Bless the USA"||Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind|
|1984||Alabama||Lee Greenwood||The Judds||Larry Henley, Jeff Silbar – "Wind Beneath My Wings"||A Little Good News|
|1983||Janie Fricke||John Anderson||Wayne Carson Thompson, Johnny Christopher, Mark James – "Always on My Mind"||The Closer You Get...|
|1982||Ricky Skaggs||Ricky Skaggs||Always on My Mind|
|1981||Barbara Mandrell||George Jones||Barbara Mandrell||Terri Gibbs||Bobby Braddock, Curly Putman – "He Stopped Loving Her Today"||I Believe in You|
|1980||Emmylou Harris||No award presented||Coal Miner's Daughter Soundtrack|
|1979||Willie Nelson||Kenny Rogers||Barbara Mandrell||Don Schlitz – "The Gambler"||The Gambler|
|1978||Dolly Parton||Don Williams||Crystal Gayle||Richard Leigh – "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue"||It Was Almost Like a Song|
|1977||Ronnie Milsap||Ronnie Milsap||Roger Bowling, Hal Bynum – "Lucille"||Ronnie Milsap: Live|
|1976||Mel Tillis||Dolly Parton||Larry Weiss – "Rhinestone Cowboy"||Wanted! The Outlaws|
|1975||John Denver||Waylon Jennings||John Denver – "Back Home Again"||A Legend in My Time|
|1974||Charlie Rich||Ronnie Milsap||Olivia Newton-John||Don Wayne – "Country Bumpkin"||A Very Special Love Song|
|1973||Roy Clark||Charlie Rich||Loretta Lynn||Kenny O'Dell – "Behind Closed Doors"||Behind Closed Doors|
|1972||Loretta Lynn||Charley Pride||Freddie Hart – "Easy Loving"||Let Me Tell You About a Song|
|1971||Charley Pride||Lynn Anderson||I Won't Mention It Again|
|1970||Merle Haggard||Merle Haggard||Tammy Wynette||Kris Kristofferson – "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down"||Okie from Muskogee|
|1969||Johnny Cash||Johnny Cash||Bob Ferguson – "The Carroll County Accident"||Johnny Cash at San Quentin|
|1968||Glen Campbell||Glen Campbell||Bobby Russell – "Honey"||Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison|
|1967||Eddy Arnold||Jack Greene||Loretta Lynn||Dallas Frazier – "There Goes My Everything"||There Goes My Everything|
Vince Gill hosted the awards from 1992 to 2003. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood have co-hosted the ceremonies together since 2008. The first ceremony in 1967 was co-hosted by Sonny James and Bobbie Gentry, but that ceremony was not televised.
The Academy of Country Music(ACM) was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California as the Country & Western Music Academy. Among the founders were Eddie Miller, Tommy Wiggins, and Mickey and Chris Christensen. They wanted to promote country music in the western 13 states with the support of artists based on the West Coast. Artists such as Johnny Bond, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard, Roger Miller and others influenced them. A board of directors was formed to govern the academy in 1965.
This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 2005.
This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 2006.
The Academy of Country Music Awards, also known as the ACM Awards, were first held in 1966, honoring the industry's accomplishments during the previous year. It was the first country music awards program held by a major organization. The Academy's signature "hat" trophy was first created in 1968. The awards were first televised in 1972 on ABC. In 1979, the Academy joined with Dick Clark Productions to produce the show. Dick Clark and Al Schwartz served as producers while Gene Weed served as director. Under their guidance, the show moved to NBC and finally to CBS, where it remains today.
The 2013 Country Music Association Awards is a music award ceremony that was held on November 6, 2013, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. It aired live on ABC at 8:00/7:00 PM Central. The show was hosted by Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood.
The 2012 Country Music Association Awards is a music award ceremony that was held on November 1, 2012, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. It aired live on ABC at 8:00/7:00 PM Central. The show was hosted by Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood.
The 2011 Country Music Association Awards is a music award ceremony that was held on November 4, 2011, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. It aired live on ABC at 8:00/7:00 PM Central. The show was hosted by Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood.
The 2010 Country Music Association Awards is a music award ceremony that was held on November 10, 2010, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. It aired live on ABC at 8:00/7:00 PM Central. The show was hosted by Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood.
The 2009 Country Music Association Awards is a music award ceremony that was held on November 11, 2009, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. It aired live on ABC at 8:00/7:00 PM Central. The show was hosted by Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood.
The 2008 Country Music Association Awards is a music award ceremony that was held on November 12, 2008, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. It aired live on ABC at 8:00/7:00 PM Central. The show was hosted by Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood.
The 2014 Country Music Association Awards was held on November 5, 2014 from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The show was hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood for a seventh year in a row.
The 51st Annual Country Music Association Awards, commonly known as the 51st CMA Awards, was held on November 8, 2017, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The ceremony recognizes some of the best country music released during the eligibility period. It is the twelfth ceremony to be held at the arena, the eighteenth to be held in November and the tenth night to be co-hosted by country stars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. The ceremony will be directed by Paul Miller.
The 49th Annual Country Music Association Awards, commonly known as the 49th CMA Awards, were held on November 4, 2015, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The ceremony recognizes some of the best country music released during the eligibility period. It was the tenth ceremony to be held at the Arena, the sixteenth to be held in November and the eighth night to be co-hosted by country stars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.