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).
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