What’s In a CMA Award?

CMM2012_KeyArtOctober is Country Music Month! All month long, we will celebrate our favorite genre in anticipation of “Country Music’s Biggest Night,™” which is just a few short weeks away.

Every fall during the CMA Awards, music fans far and wide tune in to see their favorite artists recognized for their talent and hard work. While the big ‘to-do’ of “Country Music’s Biggest Night™” doesn’t necessarily match the genre’s typical “kick back and take it easy” attitude, there’s definitely a reason why the men shine their boots and the ladies get dolled up for the hottest Country Music celebration of the year. We all love it, but what makes it so amazing? And how do they win those CMA Awards, anyway?  Get the scoop here so that you’ll be in the loop on Wednesday, Nov. 6 for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards,” airing LIVE at 8|7c on ABC.

The Country Music Association membership is made up of artists, musicians, songwriters, and other professionals working to support Country Music. When established in 1958, it was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music. The first CMA Awards Banquet and Show was held in 1967 at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. The next year, a taping of the CMA Awards was broadcast on national television. By its third year, the Awards show aired live across the country. The rest is history, making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. Over the years, the CMA Awards has taken place on famous stages such as the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, Bridgestone Arena, and even a year in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.


View of “The 42nd Annual CMA Awards” stage at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn. 2008

The CMA Awards program currently airs on ABC Network and has drawn as many as 16.5 million viewers, sold out arenas full of screaming fans, and featured appearances by the most influential people in music. The ceremony highlights the success of the genre as a whole, recognizing emerging artists and legendary figures alike. In addition to the red carpet, Awards presentations and acceptance speeches, the evening is packed full of unforgettable performances and moments that bring the Country Music community together.


Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton pose with their CMA Awards in 2012

The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined after three rounds of voting by over 6,500 CMA members across 40 countries. We are currently in the third round of voting for the 2013 CMA Awards. The results of this round will be presented live during the broadcast on ABC. Artists with music released within this year’s eligibility period (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013) are considered for the following 12 categories:

  • Entertainer of the Year
  • Single of the Year
  • Album of the Year
  • Song of the Year
  • Female Vocalist of the Year
  • Male Vocalist of the Year
  • Vocal Group of the Year
  • Vocal Duo of the Year
  • Musical Event of the Year
  • Musician of the Year
  • Music Video of the Year
  • New Artist of the Year

Click here to see a list of nominees for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards.”

For more information about the CMA Awards, including the criteria for each category, visit our About “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” page.

Now that you know what’s going on behind the scenes, join us on Wednesday, Nov. 6th at 8|7c for “Country Music’s Biggest Night,” and see who will walk away a winner!

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4 Responses to What’s In a CMA Award?

  1. cynthia gurchiek says:

    where is it? nashville or vegas?

  2. Grace says:

    Carrie had a great year with her new album – I’m shocked that one of her songs didn’t get nomination for song of the year i.e., SEE YOU AGAIN.

  3. Irene says:

    Can”t wait until Nov. 6th to hear who wins “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” Irene D. Simler

  4. Irene says:

    I entered your sweepstake on HGTV and hope I win. Irene

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