Each year, the Country Music Association Awards ceremony -- known as the CMA Awards -- is one of the genre's most-anticipated events of the year. It began in 1967 as an un-televised ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., as a way of honoring the biggest achievements in country music for recording artists and broadcasters. Since then, the ceremony has grown to include a live TV aspect and a bevy of live performances in addition to the presentation of trophies. The CMA Awards have also doled out its coveted Entertainer of the Year trophy each year, with iconic acts like George Strait, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn and Willie Nelson all becoming recipients of the coveted honor in the show's early years. Garth Brooks holds the record for artist with the most Entertainer trophies, having won the award seven times.
Chris Stapleton: 'A Really Fun Time' Is What Makes a Great Collab
Stapleton's got a knack for being a part of memorable CMAs performances, like his duet with Jennifer Hudson at the 2021 show.
Luke Combs' Wife Had the Best Reaction to His CMA Awards Win
Often the best moments from the CMA Awards (or any live broadcast, really) happen just left of the action.
Brothers Osborne's CMAs Win Means Even More This Year
After T.J. Osborne came out as gay in early 2021, the duo's newest Vocal Duo of the Year win is more special than ever.
2021 CMA Awards Performances: Full List + Pictures
Photos from country music's biggest night show plenty of tears and jubilation.
Carly Pearce's Message to Herself One Year Ago: 'Hold On, Sister'
The newly-crowned CMA Female Vocalist of the Year looks back on her "amazing redemption story."
2021 CMA Awards: Top 5 Moments From an Unpredictable Show
It was a night full of surprises. What was your favorite?
TJ Osborne's Boyfriend on Hand to Celebrate Brother Osborne's Win
After giving boyfriend Abi Ventura a quick kiss, the singer and his older brother took to the stage to accept the Vocal Duo of the Year award.
Luke Combs Crowned 2021 CMA Awards Entertainer of the Year
It's the biggest award of the night.
Jennifer Hudson Makes Her CMA Awards Performance Debut
The actor and singer took the CMAs stage in 2021 for the first time ever.