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.
Every CMA Awards New Artist of the Year Winner Ever
The Horizon Award was introduced at the 1981 CMA Awards, to recognize fresh and emerging country artists.
Country Music Memories: Loretta Lynn First Woman to Win CMA EotY
On Oct. 16, 1972, Lynn became the first woman to win a CMA for Entertainer of the Year.
Country Music Memories: Johnny Cash Wins Record-Setting Five CMAs
On Oct. 15, 1969, Cash took home a record-setting five CMA Awards, including the night's highest honor, Entertainer of the Year.
Country Music Memories: Anne Murray Makes History at the CMAs
On Oct. 8, 1984, Murray was the queen of the CMA Awards.
Country Music Memories: Vince Gill Wins Three CMA Awards
Oct. 5, 1994 was a day of celebration for Gill.
Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning to Host the 2022 CMA Awards
The two have become friends over the years.