10 of the most memorable moments in CMA Award history
In 1972, Loretta Lynn was the first female to win Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards. "I'd like to say that I've won a lot of awards," she began, "and this is one that I have been nominated for, but I never did get. This, I think, is the only one that I haven't gotten. I'm real happy, but the only thing I'm kind of sad about is my husband is going hunting. He couldn't make it back in to share my happiness with me. Thank you," she famously said during her speech. Photo by Gary Settle/New York Times Co./Getty Images)
In 1975, before defending Entertainer of the Year Charlie Rich read the winner for that year's Entertainer of the Year, he set fire to the ballot. The winner, John Denver, still got his award but Rich was banned from future award shows.
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In 1978, right before Dolly Partok took the stage to accept her Entertainer of the Year Award, she split her dress sitting down. Naturally, Parton handled the whole thing in style and borrowed a jacket from Kenny Rogers' wife before taking the stage and joking, "My daddy said that’s what I get for putting 50 pounds of mud in a five-pound bag," (AP Photo)
Rock singer Sting made his Nashville debut at the 31st annual Country Music Association Awards singing a duet with Toby Keith, "I Can't Stop Crying." The performance marked the second big milestone for CMA artists bringing mainstream singers to their stage for crossover hits. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Talk about another big pop-crossover duet. In 1999, 'N Sync joined Alabama on stage for a performance of "God Must Have Spent (a Little More Time on You)." It was a massive hit. (AP Photo/Michael S. Green)
Alan Jackson commanded the stage in 2001 during his 9/11 tribute performance. His performance of his hit song "Where Were You" brought the audience to their feet and goes down as one of the most emotional moments in CMA history. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Willie Nelson and more big names hit the stage to honor country legend Johnny Cash in 2003. What was more interesting though was Johnny's big sweep of awards including Album of the Year and Single and Music Video of the Year for "Hurt." (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
The CMAs leave Nashville! In 2005, Garth Brooks performed his new single, “Good Ride Cowboy,” during the award show live from Times Square in New York City. The song was a tribute to Brooks’ friend, Chris LeDoux, who was honored posthumously with the CMA Chairman’s Award during the CBS telecast.
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2009 marked the year of what would be Taylor Swift's domination of country music for several years to come. The then 19-year-old songbird scooped up the award for Entertainer of the Year -- making her the youngest recipient o of the coveted trophy in CMA history. Swifty won for her hit album "Fairytale." (AP Photo/Josh Anderson)
Well it wasn't exactly historic, but it was memorable! in 2010 Gwyneth Paltrow overcame a set of nerves and performed music from her movie "Country Strong" at the CMA Awards. The performance was widely accepted as being better than expected.
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From dresses ripping to touching performances in honor of 9/11 to cool crossover hits, which brought big names to country music's stage -- these are the most memorable moments in CMA Award history.