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|Country Music Association Awards|
|52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards|
50th anniversary logo
|Awarded for||Achievements in country music|
|Presented by||Country Music Association|
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 was held on November 14, 2018 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee and broadcast by ABC.
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).
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.
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|
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood have co-hosted the ceremonies together since 2008. Vince Gill has been the longest consecutive host from 1992 to 2003, co-hosting with Reba McEntire in 1992 and Clint Black in 1993. The first ceremony in 1967 was co-hosted by Sonny James and Bobbie Gentry, but that ceremony was not televised.