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CMA Winners – Musical Event of the Year

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As we prepare for Country Music’s Biggest Night, The CMA Awards, we take a moment to salute the former CMA Song of the Year winners.

Are you surprised at some of the songs? Would you have voted for any of these projects? Is your favorite ‘event’ song missing from the list? Leave your comments, suggestions, and memories in the comment section below.

CMA Musical Event of the Year Winners (Vocal Event introduced in 1988. Changed to Musical Event in 2005)

1988 Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt; Trio
1989 Hank Williams, Jr. and Hank Williams, Sr.; “There’s A Tear In My Beer”
1990 Lorrie Morgan and Keith Whitley; “Til A Tear Becomes A Rose”
1991 Mark O’Connor & The New Nashville Cats (featuring Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs and Steve Wariner)
1992 Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt; “Honky Tonkin’ Is What I Do Best”
1993 George Jones with Vince Gill, Mark Chesnutt, Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, Joe Diffie, Alan Jackson, Pam Tillis, T. Graham Brown, Patty Loveless and Clint Black; “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair”
1994 Reba McEntire with Linda Davis; “Does He Love You”
1995 Shenandoah with Alison Krauss; “Somewhere In The Vicinity Of The Heart”
1996 Dolly Parton with special guest Vince Gill; “I Will Always Love You”
1997 Tim McGraw with Faith Hill; “It’s Your Love”
1998 Patty Loveless with special guest George Jones; “You Don’t Seem To Miss Me”
1999 Vince Gill with Patty Loveless; “My Kind Of Woman, My Kind Of Man”
2000 George Strait duet with Alan Jackson; “Murder On Music Row”
2001 Brad Paisley with featured vocals by George Jones, Bill Anderson and Buck Owens; “Too Country”
2002 Willie Nelson with Lee Ann Womack; “Mendocino County Line”
2003 Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett; “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”
2004 Brad Paisley featuring Alison Krauss; “Whiskey Lullaby”
2005 George Strait duet with Lee Ann Womack; “Good News, Bad News”
2006 Brad Paisley featuring Dolly Parton; “When I Get Where I’m Going”
2007 Tracy Lawrence featuring Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney; “Find Out Who Your Friends Are”
2008 Robert Plant and Alison Krauss; “Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)”
2009 Brad Paisley (duet with Keith Urban); “Start A Band”
2010 Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins; “Hillbilly Bone”
2011 Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson; “Don’t You Wanna Stay”
2012 Kenny Chesney (duet with Tim McGraw); “Feel Like A Rockstar”

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