The CMA Awards, or Country Music Association Awards, first took place in 1967, when Eddy Arnold, Jack Greene, and Loretta Lynn won for Entertainer of the Year, Best Male Vocalist, and Best Female Vocalist, respectively. The awards have continued running uninterrupted since then, usually held at the Grand Ole Opry, except for 2007 and 2008, when they were held at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
The CMA Awards are held to recognize the best artists in the country music genre. The nominees and eventual winners are selected by professionals from the country music industry through a series of ballots that pares down the vast number of country artists into five per category and then select a winner from each category. There are twelve categories in the CMA Awards, the most coveted being Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. Other awards recognize up-and-coming new artists, duos, groups, and individual musicians. Still other categories award the best song, single, album, and music video.
While the main event of the CMA Awards are the stars of country music being recognized for their efforts, the ceremony, televised live since 1969, is also a venue for performances from the country artists of the day. Several times throughout the show, top country artists will give brief performances of a song. Thus, attendees and the television audience are themselves awarded a full opportunity to get a taste of the country genre. The public recently earned the privilege to attend the top country music awards ceremony, so find the best CMA Awards seats at TicketNetwork.