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Most Memorable CMA Moments

Gear up for this year’s show by reliving years past

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    Country music's biggest night is almost here. Check out some of the best moments from the awards show over the years!

    In 2012, Carrie Underwood and Braid Paisley hosted the CMA Awards, and opened the show with a viral dance - GANGNAM STYLE!!!

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    In 2012, the CMAs paid tribute to country music legend, Willie Nelson, with a special performance from Blake Shelton, Willie Nelson himself, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban. What an all-star performance!

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    In 2012, Carrie Underwood hosted the CMAs with Brad Paisley, and performed. During the course of the show she changed into 12 different outfits!!

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    In 2010, country couple Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton both had Vocalist of the Year awards. Talk about "his & hers!"

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    In 2009, Taylor Swift set the record when she was the youngest winner of the Entertainer of the Year!

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    In 2008 after Braid Paisley accepted the award for Best Male Vocalist, he ran off stage to where his pregnant wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley was waiting, kissed her, and then kissed her baby bump, for an unforgettable and precious moment!

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    In 2008 Kenny Chesney when his 4th Entertainer of the Year award, and tied the record for winning the award with Garth Brooks.

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    In 2008, George Strait set the record by having the most CMA Awards in history with 22, surpassing Brooks & Dunn's previous record of 19!

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    In 2007, at only 17 years old, Taylor Swift won the Horizon Award. She said, "This is definitely the highlight of my senior year!"

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    In 2006, Brooks & Dunn won the most records for the night at the CMAs, including their 14th Vocal Duo of the Year award.

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    In 2006, Carrie Underwood won Female Vocalist of the Year ... and Faith Hill's reaction was, um, priceless! Watch here.

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    Nashville may be the home of country music, but 2005 marked the very first time the CMAs were broadcast live from the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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    In 2004, Kenny Chesney won his first two CMA Awards ever! He won Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year!

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    In 2002, Shania Twain started the show with her hit "I'm Gonna Getcha Good," and she got the audience good when she launched a motorcycle onto the Grande Old Opry stage!.

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    In 2001, after the September 11th attacks had taken place, Brooks & Dunn opened the 35th Annual CMA Awards by performing "Only in America."

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    In 1999, Shania Twain showed how good it is to feel like a woman when she broke a 13-year male winning streak when she took the Entertainer of the Year award!

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    After failing to win an award at the CMAs during her (at the time) six-year career, in 1999 she not only won Entertainer of the Year, the CMAs recognized Shania Twain with their most prestigious award: the CMA International Artist Achievement Award.

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    In 1997, Deana Carter won Single of the Year with her song "Strawberry Wine" over Tim McGraw & Faith Hill! She was so thrilled she jumped up to the stage barefoot and into Ricky Scaggs' arms who presented her with the award.

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    In 1996, Vince Gill won the Song of the Year for his emotional single "Go Rest High on that Mountain" - a tribute to Keith Whitley and his own brother, who had passed in 1993. Vince was so moved, he was barely able to give an acceptance speech, and simply said "Thank You."

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    Talk about fiery redhead! In 1993, Reba earned howls from the crowd as she performed her duet with Linda Davis "Does He Love You." in this low-cut red number. The dress was designed by her stylist at the time Sandy Spika.

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    In 1991, the CMA Awards got Presidential when the President and First Lady Bush attended the 25th Annual CMA Awards.

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    In 1988, Hank Williams Jr. 1988 won his second consecutive Entertainer of the Year award!

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    In 1984, Ray Charles, who was a Horizon Award nominee, treated the audience to a special performance - a medley from his Friendship album.

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    1983 marked the first synchronized stereo/radio simulcast of the CMAs, distributed by satellite, and 'Little' Jimmy Dickens was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame!

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    In 1969, Johnny Cash broke the record and picked up FIVE awards! He won Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year (with June Carter), Album of the Year, and Single of the Year!!

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