What Are the Country Music Awards All About?

The First CMAs 1 of 9

The first CMAs took place in 1967. They were untelevised, and the ceremony took place at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, a far cry from the fancy, widely televised event that it has become today. It wasn't until the next year that the event was shown on TV, but even then, it was recorded and shown weeks later. Beginning in 1969 and every year since, the awards have been aired on live TV.