10 Country Music Awards Moments to Remind Us It Didn’t Always Suck

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Remember when Loretta Lynne won CMA Awards with Loretta Lynn announced as Entertainer of the Year? How about when johnny Cash hosted the event.

Of course you don’t. It was decades ago and most of you weren’t even born yet.

There was a time that the Country Music Awards, like the industry and culture itself, had an edge and a spirit of danger. Performers would roll off a couch in a studio somewhere in town to accept their award. Sometimes they were drunk and looking for a fight. Below find some great moments from CMA history to help us steel through the glitter-choked tailgate party it’s become.

The one video I wanted o find most of all was one of Charlie Rich burning the piece of paper announcing John Denver as the Country Music Association “Entertainer of the Year” at the 1975 CMA Awards. Alas that little gem of industry spontaneity has been shut down.

Dolly Parton sneaks up on Randy Travis

Waylon Jennings performs “America” on what looks like an ’80’s CMA

CMA’s hosted by Johnny Cash in 1978

Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge perform Me and Bobby McGee at the 1974 CMA Awards

Sonny James and Bobby Goldsboro present the award for the Country Music Association Instrumentalist to Jerry Reed in 1971.

1974 CMA Awards with Loretta Lynn announced as Entertainer of the Year

Willie Nelson Induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame by Johnny Cash at the 27th CMA Awards 1993

Alison Krauss & Union Station performs ‘My Poor Old Heart’ on the 2005 CMA

1968 Country Music Awards with an induction of Bob Wills into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Skip over the insipid performance by Bobby Goldsboro.

In 1999 George Jones, recovering from a near-fatal car accident, was nominated for Single of the Year for his autobiographical ballad “Choices.”
CMA executives asked Jones to sing a shortened version of the nominated song, but he opted to stay home as a sign of his protest against the request.
Alan Jackson showed class and reverence for Jones worked “Choices” into the last portion of his scheduled performance of his current single, “Pop A Top.”

3 thoughts on “10 Country Music Awards Moments to Remind Us It Didn’t Always Suck

  1. Country fan
    November 9, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Can not watch the cma shows any more, the songs are all the same, rotten. The singers all want to do rap and/or hip hop. There is no respect for tradition. Most of them wouldn’t know a good country song if they heard one. It’s a damm shame. Come back Charlie Rich!

  2. sam
    June 14, 2015 at 10:49 am

    charlie rich burning the card is on youtube now

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXgiCr-V9HM

  3. David Heavrin
    May 9, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Country music has gone straight to hell since all these new “artists” have taken over the industry. All the interest, it seems, is in this new genre of country/rap (cunt/rap, crap). This is the worst thing that has ever happened to ANY form of music since the beginning of time. I have been a music snob all of my adult life- “If it ain’t country, it ain’t music!” has been my motto for decades. Now I can not tolerate what they want to pass off as country music. Blake Shelton, Jason Aldeen, Sam Cunt, Old Dominion, Luke Bryan, Florida-Georgia Line, and ANYBODY who collaborates with ANY RAP “artist” should be kicked out of the business of coutry music. I realize there is a market for this “crap music”, so just start another genre of music-Crap Music! It’s so simple. Leave Country Music alone and stop polluting it with this sh*t. Some of us long for the days when Country Music was worth listening to.

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