Country Awards Shows

the CMAs, takes place next Wednesday, Nov. 9. There are two organizations that serve the country music industry: The Country Music Association and The Academy Of Country Music. I could tell you the difference between the two…but I actually have no idea.

The CMAs take place every November in Nashville. The voting is done by members of the CMA organization (of which I am one). In order to be a member, you must derive your living from the Country Music Industry, which can include artists, record companies, radio stations, producers, writers, etc.

What does this particular award mean to artists? Well, it means recognition from their peers. Both the CMA and ACM awards are industry-voted (with the exception of the Entertainer of the Year award for the ACMs, which is fan-voted). Many other music awards shows are fan-voted and, as such, have a different meaning to the artists.

A fairly new show, called the American Country Awards, airs on the Fox network on Dec. 5. This will be the second year for these fan-voted awards. Of course, there are country categories in the American Music Awards, The People’s Choice Awards, and the Grammys.

All of those are great for an artist to receive, but the Holy Grail to a country music artist is a CMA award or an ACM award.

What is in it for the fan who watches the CMA awards? Stellar performances by the format’s top artists and best new artists, all in one special evening. The great thing about the Country Music Awards is that the big stars actually show up. You’ll see Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Lady A, George Strait, and even Faith Hill, all in the audience. It is a big, big night for our format. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are the hosts. So even if you are not sure you like country, give this show a shot, next Wednesday at 8pm on ABC.

Next week, we will recap the real winners and losers!


Nate Deaton
San Jose