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50 Greatest CMA Awards Moments Ever

The greatest moments at the CMA Awards leave fans and viewers talking about them for days or weeks. In 2015, that moment was all night — Chris Stapleton‘s unbelievable night. Two years earlier, it was the King’s historic CMA win. Fifty years ago, it was all about Eddy Arnold.

Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan all make this list of the 50 best CMA Awards moments, but so do legendary acts like Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell and Dolly Parton (multiple times!). Alan Jackson‘s music and daring statement both crack the Top 50, as do Reba McEntire‘s famous outfit, Garth Brooks‘ first major win and that time the president of the United States … well, we’ll get there.

The best acceptance speeches, the most historic wins and the most poignant tributes to fallen heroes all make this list. Country Music’s Biggest Night has been honoring the genre’s best stars and most brilliant musicians for half a century. We think that adds up to a pretty great highlight reel!

The Records, the Controversies, the Drama … 

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