A Throwback to Some of the More Memorable CMA Performances

By Emily Wagner

It’s CMA day!

As everyone likes to say, it’s country music’s biggest night. A night filled with more cowboy hats and boots, sparkly dresses and fake eyelashes. But more than anything, we will be completely entertained for 3 hours tonight. Nobody puts on an awards show like Nashville.

We get a night full of amazing performances, collaborations, jokes, tears, and heartfelt moments.

Country music knows how to honor the ones that came before and champion the ones yet to come. For just a few hours you get to forget about life, about the laundry that needs folding, or the check engine light going off in your car. The show helps us escape, makes us feel part of a larger county music community. (Just stay off Twitter and avoid those people claiming this isn’t country music).

Throughout the years the CMA’s have had some of the best opening musical numbers, from 2017’s tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas Route 91 attack, to Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Eric Church ushering in a new era of country music in 2012 with their hit “The Only Way I Know.”

Nothing will hold a candle to 2016’s 50th anniversary tribute that saw the likes of Ricky Skaggs, Clint Black, Dwight Yoakam, and Randy Travis. Later in that same show we had a Dolly Parton tribute, thanks to Reba, Carrie, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles and Kacey Musgraves. All while Dolly is sitting in the front row singing along.

Goodness. How do people not love country music?