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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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)
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.