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Country Music Association Awards




The Country Music Association Awards (better known as the CMA Awards or the CMA's), are voted on by members of the Country Music Association. The first CMA awards were presented at in Nashville's Municipal Auditorium in 1967. The 2nd annual CMA awards were presented in October 1968.

Beginning 1969, the awards were broadcasted live on television, usually during October/November of each year. They continued to be broadcasted on NBC they switched to CBS in 1972, where they remained until 2005. Starting in November 2006, the Annual CMA Awards are broadcasted on television on ABC.

The CMA Awards, for many years, were held at the home of Nashville's Grand Ole Opry; initially at the Ryman Auditorium, and from 1974 to 2004 at the Grand Ole Opry House. The 2005 ceremonies took place in New York City at Madison Square Garden. The awards show has been held at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena since the year of 2006.

The awards are given in the following twelve categories: Male Vocalist, Entertainer, Female Vocalist, New Artist (previously known as the Horizon Award until 2008), Vocal Duo (introduced in 1970), Vocal Group, Single, Album, Song, Musical Event, Music Video (introduced in 1985), and Musician.

9 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.

The show featured performances from top country music Stars as well as up-and-coming new artists who perform 'snippets' of their (hit) songs before going to a commercial (the new artist bumpers were discontinued in 2002).

More information about the CMA Awards can be found here


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