Country Music Association Awards 53rd Annual Country Music Association Awards50th anniversary logoAwarded forAchievements in country musicCountryUnited StatesPresented byCountry Music AssociationFirst awarded1967Websitewww.cmaawards.comTelevision/radio coverageNetworkNBC (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 CMA Awards were first presented in 1967, and televised for the first time the following year. The 52nd annual ceremony will be held on November 13, 2019 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee and broadcast by ABC in the US and BBC Four in the UK.Contents
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.
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.Eligibility and voting
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.Awards
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 For a more comprehensive list, see List of Country Music Association Awards ceremonies § Categorical winners. 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 2019 Garth Brooks Luke Combs Kacey Musgraves Ashley McBryde Luke Combs, Wyatt B. Durrette III, Robert Williford - "Beautiful Crazy" Girl 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 CMA Awards hosts For a more comprehensive list, see List of Country Music Association Awards ceremonies.
The first ceremony in 1967 was co-hosted by Sonny James and Bobbie Gentry, but that ceremony was not televised. Vince Gill hosted the awards from 1992 to 2003. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood have co-hosted the ceremonies from 2008 to 2018. For the 2019 ceremony, Carrie Underwood will host alongside Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.See also