Greatest Moments in CMA Awards History

Country music's biggest night never disappoints.  

The Country Music Association Awards isn’t the oldest awards show in country music  

but it’s arguably the biggest, boasting many of the most memorable collaborations of the past 50-plus years.   

Since 1967, the ceremony has honored everyone from early trailblazers (Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn) to contemporary superstars (Chris Stapleton and Lainey Wilson).  

When country stars talk about their childhood dreams, many of them talk about dreaming of winning a CMA Award the same way that actors dream of winning Oscars.  

When Trisha Yearwood won Female Vocalist of the Year in 1997, for example, she recalled watching Reba McEntire win the same award 13 years earlier  

and said it was the moment that inspired her to keep pushing for her own success. 

“This is what I have wanted ever since I saw Reba McEntire win Female Vocalist of the Year and stand on this stage and say into the TV set, ‘If you have a dream you can make it come true,’”  

Yearwood told the crowd. “I believed you Miss Reba and I’m here.”  

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