CMA’s 50th Anniversary: A Tribute to Dolly Parton

Just this past Wednesday the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards had their 50th anniversary. The country music award show will dedicate the whole night to the legendary artist who receives the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. This year that was Dolly Parton. The bulk of her country music career was based in the late-60s to mid-70s, but she is still well known today and has continued her career into songwriting and acting as well. Some of her greatest hits are “9 to 5”, “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You”, but those are just a few of the many hits she wrote and sang in her time. The whole night was filled with guests artists, exciting awards, and tributes to Dolly. Here are just a few honorable mentions of the events of the night.

Pentatonix and “Jolene”:hqdefault

The famous a capella group, Pentatonix, was joined on stage by country artist, Jennifer Nettles to sing one of Dolly’s big hits, “Jolene”. They were joined by many others of Nashville’s finest who also paid tribute to Dolly by singing some of her classic songs. Other artists that paid tribute to Dolly were Reba McEntire, Kacey Musgraves, Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood.

Brad and Carrie:brad-paisley-carrie-underwood-opening-monologue

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood co-hosted the show again this year. They have held this title for nine years running and there is no shock why. They continue to show great chemistry and get the crowd entertained all through the night. Their monolog opening the show had a catchy little tune singing “We’re so freakin’ sick of politics, we don’t even care who wins.” Carrie did not fail to wow us with here 11 different ensembles throughout the night. Hope this pair never stop hosting the award show.

Surprise Appearance:


It was sad news for all of country music when this legend had his stroke three years ago, however, the shock from the surprise appearance left everyone in the crowd speechless. Brad and Carrie brought Travis out on stage and then with many others of country music’s greatest continued to sing Travis’s hit “Forever and Ever”. The song alone is a tear-jerker, but when Travis sang the final line, there was not a single dry eye in the house.

Some of the Honorable Mentions for awards are:

Female Vocalist of the Year: Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year: Chris Stapleton

New Artist of the Year: Maren Morris

Album of the Year: Eric Church (Mr. Misunderstood)

Song of the Year: Tim McGraw (Humble and Kind)

Entertainer of the Year: Garth Brooks

This will help you get all caught up if you happened to miss this amazing award show. If you are interested in actually watching these performances, there are videos everywhere, we have just a few linked to this article.