NOVEMBER 10, 2021
Each year, The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,300 industry professional members of the Country Music Association, which when established in 1958, became the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music.
The first CMA Awards Banquet and Show was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on NBC Television for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The show began airing on the ABC Television Network in 2006 where it still airs today.
Similar to the Oscars and the Grammys, the CMA Awards are voted on by members of the Country Music Association – meaning Awards nominees and winners are honored by their peers in the music industry. Members of the CMA are music executives, artists, publicists, songwriters, musicians, touring professionals and other industry professionals from all around the world.