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Top 10 CMA Awards Moments
From historic Entertainer of the Year wins to surprising onstage antics, this photo gallery looks back at 10 of the CMA Awards' biggest moments.
25 Years Ago: David Lee Murphy’s ‘Dust on the Bottle’ Hits No. 1
On Oct. 28, 1995, Murphy might have dusted off a bottle of champagne to toast his success.
84 Years Ago: Charlie Daniels Is Born in Wilmington, N.C.
Happy birthday, Charlie!
20 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Announces His Retirement
On Oct. 26, 2000, Brooks' fans received disappointing news.
30 Years Ago: Tim McGraw Signs With Curb Records
On Oct. 22, 1990, McGraw signed with Curb Records.
16 Years Ago: Toby Keith’s ‘Shock’n Y’all’ Becomes His Second Quadruple-Platinum Album
On Oct. 21, 2004, Keith undoubtedly raised a glass or two in celebration.
33 Years Ago: Anne Murray Becomes the First Female Country Artist to Earn a Triple-Platinu…
On Oct. 16, 1987, Murray made history in country music.
60 Years Ago: Loretta Lynn Makes Her Grand Ole Opry Debut
On Oct. 15, 1960, Lynn made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
40 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Is Inducted Into the Country Music Hall of Fame
On Oct. 13, 1980, Cash was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
20 Years Ago: Chris LeDoux Undergoes Liver Transplant
Oct. 7, 2000, was a bittersweet day for LeDoux and his family.