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. In 2016, it was the return of Randy Travis.
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!
What will the 2022 CMA Awards add to the canon? The introduction is always a candidate, as is any tribute performance. Tune in Nov. 9 at 8PM ET on ABC! Scroll through these and then let us know which moments we missed.
Here Are the 50 Greatest Moments in CMA Awards History: