The CMA Awards have hosted some absolutely unforgettable performances over the years. So much so, that these moments have left a lasting impression on Country Music fans around the world. So, sit back and relax as we take a stroll down memory lane and highlight five of the most legendary performances to ever grace the CMA Awards stage. From heartwarming ballads to mind-blowing collaborations, these performances embody the true spirit and magic of Country Music.
1. Beyoncé and The Chicks – “Daddy Lessons”
In 2016, the surprise collaboration between Beyoncé and The Chicks during their performance of “Daddy Lessons” created quite a buzz. This track, featured on Beyoncé’s Lemonade album, combines elements of Country, R&B, and hip-hop, offering lyrics that reflect on lessons learned from her father.
2. Taylor Swift – “Fifteen”
Before Taylor Swift became one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, she was just starting out in her career when she sang “Fifteen” at the 2009 CMA Awards. The song is about the ups and downs of being a teenager, and it really struck a chord with fans at the time. Taylor’s performance at the 2009 CMA Awards was a standout moment at the show, showing off her rising stardom in the world of Country Music.
3. Tanya Tucker and Little Richard – “Somethin’ Else”
At the 1994 CMA Awards held at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tanya Tucker and Little Richard teamed up for an iconic performance of “Somethin’ Else.” The song, originally written by Eddie Cochran and Sharon Sheeley in the late 1950s, came alive on stage, creating a memorable moment during the event.
4. Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber – “10,000 Hours”
In 2020, Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber delivered a heartfelt rendition of their duet “10,000 Hours.” Released in 2019, the song quickly gained popularity. Despite the absence of a live audience, their passionate performance stood out, making it one of the most unforgettable moments in the history of CMA Awards performances.
5. Women of Country Performance
The “Women of Country Medley” at the 2019 CMA Awards was a memorable performance that paid tribute to the leading women in Country Music. The medley featured a lineup of talented female Country artists, including Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Crystal Gayle, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Kimberly Schlapman, Tanya Tucker, and Gretchen Wilson. During the medley, these artists performed a mix of classic Country songs and their own hits, showcasing the incredible talent and contributions of women in the Country Music industry
The 57th annual CMA Awards will air Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, and will be available to stream on Hulu the next day.