This Is What the CMA Awards Looked Like 10 Years Ago, in 2009
Ten years ago, the 43rd Annual Country Music Association Awards were held on Nov. 11, 2009. The show was hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, back for their second year as co-hosts, at the Bridestone Arena (known then as the Sommet Center) in Nashville, Tenn.
Back then, Taylor Swift was still very much a country star; in fact, she walked away with four awards, including Entertainer of the Year. She beat out Paisley, Kenny Chesney, George Strait and Keith Urban to become the youngest-ever winner in that category in 2009. Another notable win included Darius Rucker taking home New Artist of the Year, after spending past decades rocking out with Hootie & the Blowfish. Sugarland won for Vocal Duo of the Year, and Lady Antebellum's "I Run to You" was named Single of the Year.
Click through the photo gallery below to travel back to the 2009 CMA Awards. These pictures will remind you not only about the past fashion trends (some of which now seem a little questionable) but also of the artists who dominated country music in the late 2000s.
The 2019 CMA Awards are set for Nov. 13 at Bridgestone Arena; the ceremony will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 8PM ET. Underwood is returning to co-host the event for the 12th consecutive year, with Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton as her guest co-hosts.
The Boot will be staying up late covering the most buzzed-about winners, fashion and moments at the 2019 CMA Awards. Readers can watch along with us by checking back to TheBoot.com for the latest CMAs headlines, liking The Boot on Facebook and following The Boot on Twitter.
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