Country Music Association Award for Musical Event of the Year

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Country Music Association Award for Musical Event of the Year
CountryUnited States
Presented byCountry Music Association
First awarded1988
Currently held byHardy and Lainey Wilson (2023)

The Country Music Association Awards is a major awards show in country music. Originally presented in 1988 as the Vocal Event of the Year Award, the Musical Event of the Year honor received its current name in 2004. The award recognizes a collaboration of two or more people, either or all of whom are known primarily as country artists, who don't regularly work together as part of a duo or group.[1]

The inaugural recipients of the award were Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris in 1998 for their collaborative Trio album. Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Vince Gill hold the record for most wins in the category, with four each, while Chesney has a leading thirteen nominations. Johnny Cash and Maren Morris hold the record for most nominations without a win, with six. The current holders of the award are Hardy and Lainey Wilson, who won for their duet "Wait in the Truck" at the 57th Annual Country Music Association Awards in 2023.

Recipients[edit]

2020 recipient Lee Brice and two-time winner Carly Pearce.
2015 winners Dierks Bentley and Elle King.
Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, who won for their song "Don't You Wanna Stay", have three and two additional nominations in this category respectively.
Four-time winners Brad Paisley and Keith Urban won together in 2009 for their hit "Start a Band".
One of three wins by Alison Krauss was in 2008 with British singer Robert Plant.
Husband and wife duo Tim McGraw and Faith Hill hold the record for most collaborations, having been nominated together for this award six times, winning once in 1997.
1992 winners Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart were also nominated together two additional times.
Inaugural recipients Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris won for their iconic Trio album. Parton also has two additional wins in the category.
Year Winner Work Nominees
2023 Blue ribbon Hardy
Blue ribbon Lainey Wilson
"Wait in the Truck"
2022[2] Blue ribbon Carly Pearce
Blue ribbon Ashley McBryde
"Never Wanted to Be That Girl"
2021 Blue ribbon Kelsea Ballerini
Blue ribbon Kenny Chesney
"Half of My Hometown"
2020 Blue ribbon Carly Pearce
Blue ribbon Lee Brice
"I Hope You're Happy Now"
2019 Blue ribbon Lil Nas X
Blue ribbon Billy Ray Cyrus
"Old Town Road"
2018[3] Blue ribbon David Lee Murphy
Blue ribbon Kenny Chesney
"Everything's Gonna Be Alright"
2017[4] Blue ribbon Glen Campbell
Blue ribbon Willie Nelson
"Funny How Time Slips Away"
2016[5] Blue ribbon Dierks Bentley
Blue ribbon Elle King
"Different for Girls"
2015[6] Blue ribbon Keith Urban
Blue ribbon Eric Church
"Raise 'Em Up"
2014[7] Blue ribbon Keith Urban
Blue ribbon Miranda Lambert
"We Were Us"
2013[8] Blue ribbon Tim McGraw
Blue ribbon Taylor Swift
Blue ribbon Keith Urban
"Highway Don't Care"
2012[9] Blue ribbon Kenny Chesney
Blue ribbon Tim McGraw
"Feel Like a Rock Star"
2011[10] Blue ribbon Jason Aldean
Blue ribbon Kelly Clarkson
"Don't You Wanna Stay"
2010[11] Blue ribbon Blake Shelton
Blue ribbon Trace Adkins
"Hillbilly Bone"
2009 Blue ribbon Brad Paisley
Blue ribbon Keith Urban
"Start a Band"
2008 Blue ribbon Alison Krauss
Blue ribbon Robert Plant
"Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)"
2007 Blue ribbon Tracy Lawrence
Blue ribbon Tim McGraw
Blue ribbon Kenny Chesney
"Find Out Who Your Friends Are"
2006 Blue ribbon Brad Paisley
Blue ribbon Dolly Parton
"When I Get Where I'm Going"
2005 Blue ribbon George Strait
Blue ribbon Lee Ann Womack
"Good News, Bad News"
2004 Blue ribbon Brad Paisley
Blue ribbon Alison Krauss
"Whiskey Lullaby"
2003 Blue ribbon Alan Jackson
Blue ribbon Jimmy Buffett
"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere"
2002 Blue ribbon Willie Nelson
Blue ribbon Lee Ann Womack
"Mendocino County Line"
2001 Blue ribbon Brad Paisley
Blue ribbon Buck Owens
Blue ribbon Bill Anderson
Blue ribbon George Jones
"Too Country"
2000 Blue ribbon Alan Jackson
Blue ribbon George Strait
"Murder on Music Row"
1999 Blue ribbon Vince Gill
Blue ribbon Patty Loveless
"My Kind of Woman/My Kind of Man"
1998 Blue ribbon Patty Loveless
Blue ribbon George Jones
"You Don't Seem to Miss Me"
1997 Blue ribbon Tim McGraw
Blue ribbon Faith Hill
"It's Your Love"
1996 Blue ribbon Dolly Parton
Blue ribbon Vince Gill
"I Will Always Love You"
1995 Blue ribbon Alison Krauss
Blue ribbon Shenandoah
"Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart"
1994 Blue ribbon Reba McEntire
Blue ribbon Linda Davis
"Does He Love You"
1993 Blue ribbon George Jones
Blue ribbon Vince Gill
Blue ribbon Mark Chesnutt
Blue ribbon Garth Brooks
Blue ribbon Travis Tritt
Blue ribbon Joe Diffie
Blue ribbon Alan Jackson
Blue ribbon Pam Tillis
Blue ribbon T. Graham Brown
Blue ribbon Patty Loveless
Blue ribbon Clint Black
"I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair"
1992 Blue ribbon Marty Stuart
Blue ribbon Travis Tritt
"This One's Gonna Hurt You (For a Long, Long Time)"
1991 Blue ribbon Mark O'Connor
Blue ribbon Vince Gill
Blue ribbon Ricky Skaggs
Blue ribbon Steve Wariner
"Restless"
1990 Blue ribbon Keith Whitley
Blue ribbon Lorrie Morgan
"'Til a Tear Becomes a Rose"
1989 Blue ribbon Hank Williams
Blue ribbon Hank Williams Jr.
"There's a Tear in My Beer"
1988 Blue ribbon Dolly Parton
Blue ribbon Linda Ronstadt
Blue ribbon Emmylou Harris
"Trio"

Artists with multiple wins[edit]

Artists that received multiple awards
Awards Artist
4 Brad Paisley
Keith Urban
Kenny Chesney
Tim McGraw
Vince Gill
3 Alan Jackson
Alison Krauss
Dolly Parton
George Jones
Patty Loveless
2 Carly Pearce
George Strait
Lee Ann Womack
Travis Tritt
Willie Nelson

Artists with multiple nominations[edit]

13 nominations
12 nominations
11 nominations
10 nominations
9 nominations
8 nominations
7 nominations
6 nominations
5 nominations
4 nominations
3 nominations
2 nominations

Notes

  1. ^ Including one as a member of Pistol Annies.
  2. ^ Including two as a member of The Highwaymen.
  3. ^ Including two as a member of The Highwaymen.
  4. ^ Including one as a member of Pistol Annies.
  5. ^ Including two as a member of Little Big Town.
  6. ^ Including two as a member of The Highwaymen.
  7. ^ Including two as a member of The Highwaymen.
  8. ^ Including two as a member of Zac Brown Band.
  9. ^ Including one as a member of Sugarland.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "First-Timer Lainey Wilson Leads Nominations for 2022 CMA Awards: Full List". Billboard.
  3. ^ McCarthy, Kelly (August 28, 2018). "2018 CMA Awards nominations: See the full list". ABC News. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  4. ^ "Snubs and Surprises of 2017 CMA Awards Nominees: Taylor Swift Returns, Blake Shelton Nowhere to be Found". Billboard.
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  7. ^ "CMA Awards 2014: And the Winners Are ..." Billboard.
  8. ^ "CMA Awards 2013: Full Winners List". Billboard.
  9. ^ "2012 CMA Awards Winners – Full List". Taste of Country.
  10. ^ "2011 CMA Awards Winners". The Boot.
  11. ^ "CMA Awards 2010: List of Winners". CBS News.