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25 Memorable CMA Awards Acceptance Speeches

With almost 50 years of shows in the books, the CMA Awards have boasted some pretty memorable moments; from epic onstage performances to hilarious host monologues, viewers never quite know what surprises are in store on Country Music’s Biggest Night. But of course, the biggest surprises always come when the winners are announced — the CMAs are about the awards after all — and country’s biggest stars never disappoint when they take the stage to accept their statues.

Whether it’s Dolly Parton busting out of her dress (literally!), Blake Shelton paying homage to his late father or Willie Nelson just happy to be alive to see his award, CMA winners’ acceptance speeches are often the highlights in a show that’s full of them.

As the CMA Awards get set to turn a half-century old, flip through the photo gallery above to look back at some of the most unforgettable acceptance speeches from throughout the years. Some made us laugh so hard we cried, while others brought real tears to our eyes!

This story was originally written by Deborah Evans-Price, and revised by Carrie Horton.

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