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2008 CMA Awards   -  WINNERS

The eligibility period for the 2008 CMA Awards runs from July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2008. All nominated works (singles, albums, videos, etc.) must have been first released during the eligibility period. CMA award winners are determined by votes cast by professional members of the Country Music Association. Winners for the 42nd annual CMA Awards will be announced during the live broadcast on Nov. 12, 2008. Induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame is country music's biggest honor. Election to the hall is solely the prerogative of the CMA. Each year (since the hall's inception in 1961), an anonymous panel of country music insiders select outstanding persons who have made significant contributions to the advancement of country music.

Single of the Year

Don't Blink - Kenny Chesney Gunpowder & Lead - Miranda Lambert I Saw God Today - George Strait Stay - Sugarland You're Gonna Miss This - Trace Adkins
"Don't Blink"
Kenny Chesney
"Gunpowder & Lead"
Miranda Lambert
"I Saw God Today"
George Strait
"Stay"
Sugarland
"You're Gonna Miss This"
Trace Adkins

Album of the Year

Carnival Ride- Carrie Underwood Cowboy Town - Brooks & Dunn Good Time - Alan Jackson Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates - Kenny Chesney Troubadour - George Strait
Carnival Ride
Carrie Underwood
Cowboy Town
Brooks & Dunn
Good Time
Alan Jackson
Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates
Kenny Chesney
Troubadour
George Strait

Song of the Year

Good Time - Alan Jackson I Saw Go Today - Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell and Wade Kirby Letter To Me - Brad Paisley Stay - Jennifer Nettles You're Gonna Miss This - Ashley Gorley and Lee Thomas Miller
"Good Time"
Alan Jackson
"I Saw God Today"
Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell and Wade Kirby
"Letter To Me"
Brad Paisley
"Stay"
Jennifer Nettles
"You're Gonna Miss This"
Ashley Gorley and Lee Thomas Miller

Musical Event of the Year

"Another Try"
Josh Turner and Trisha Yearwood
"Every Other Weekend"
Reba McEntire and Kenny Chesney
"Gone, Gone, Gone"
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
"Life in a Northern Town"
Sugarland, Little Big Town and Jake Owen
"Shiftwork"
Kenny Chesney and George Strait

Music Video of the Year

Don't Blink - Kenny Chesney Good Time - Alan Jackson Stay - Sugarland Waitin' on a Woman - Brad Paisley You're Gonna Miss This - Trace Adkins
"Don't Blink"
Kenny Chesney and Shaun Silva
"Good Time"
Alan Jackson and Trey Fanjoy
"Stay"
Sugarland and Shaun Silva
"Waitin' on a Woman"
Brad Paisley and Jim Shea
"You're Gonna Miss This"
Trace Adkins and Peter Zavadil
Tom T. Hall
Tom T. Hall
As a songwriter, Tom T. Hall's eloquence and attention to detail led Country Music Hall of Fame member Tex Ritter to first refer to him as the Storyteller. Born in Olive Hill, Ky., on May 25, 1936, Hall was just 9 when he wrote his first song. As a teenager, he played in the Kentucky Travelers, a bluegrass band that performed on the radio in Morehead, Ky., and he worked as a disc jockey before joining the Army in 1957. After completing his military stint, he returned to work as a disc jockey in Virginia while continuing to write songs. He moved to Nashville in 1964 after Jimmy C. Newman scored a hit with Hall's "D.J. for a Day." Dave Dudley subsequently had a Top 10 hit with Hall's "Mad," and Hall enjoyed his first No. 1 hit by writing Johnny Wright's "Hello Vietnam." Signed to Mercury Records in 1967, Hall was launching his own recording career when Jeannie C. Riley's recording of his song, "Harper Valley P.T.A.," reached No. 1 on the country and pop charts in 1968. In the '70s, Hall wrote and recorded a lengthy series of hits, including the chart-topping "The Year That Clayton Delaney Died," "(Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine," "I Love," "Country Is," "I Care" and "Faster Horses (the Cowboy and the Poet)." During the '80s, he achieved success as a novelist while also hosting the syndicated TV series, Pop! Goes the Country. In recent years, Hall and his wife, Miss Dixie (Iris Lawrence), have concentrated on working with bluegrass artists through their music publishing operation and a recording studio on their farm near Nashville.
Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris' contributions to country music are immense. Born April 2, 1947, in Birmingham, Ala., she grew up in North Carolina and Virginia while developing a passion for urban folk music. Singer-songwriter Gram Parsons, a country-rock pioneer in the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, introduced her to the classic country music of the Louvin Brothers and Merle Haggard, among others, and invited her to sing with him on records and concert performances. Following Parsons' death in 1973, Harris continued to explore the musical path he exemplified. In fact, her first Top 10 single was a remake of the Louvin Brothers' "If I Could Only Win Your Love," and her first two No. 1 singles also were covers of Buck Owens' "Together Again" and Patsy Cline's "Sweet Dreams" (written by Don Gibson). Beginning with her 1975 album, Pieces of the Sky, Harris' music brought country music to a wider, younger audience, and she called attention to several significant singer-songwriters. She recorded 27 Top 10 country singles (including seven that reached No. 1) and recorded 14 albums that reached the Top 10 on the country chart. She received acclaim for her recordings with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt, but she also recorded duets with Owens, Earl Thomas Conley, John Denver, Roy Orbison and Don Williams and sang harmonies on many recordings by other artists. After recording a series of adventurous albums that included 1995's Wrecking Ball, she performed on the Grammy-winning soundtrack for O Brother, Where Art Thou? in 2000 and recorded an album of duets, All the Roadrunning, with former Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler in 2006. As a bandleader, she helped launch the mainstream country success of Rodney Crowell and Ricky Skaggs. Through the years, her various bands have featured record future producers Tony Brown and Emory Gordy Jr., bluegrass innovator Sam Bush and guitar masters James Burton, Albert Lee and Buddy Miller.
The Statler Brothers
The Statler Brothers
One of the most successful vocal groups in country music history, the Statler Brothers gained national attention in 1965 with the crossover hit, "Flowers on the Wall." Hailing from Virginia and with strong roots in gospel music, the group gained its earliest success in country music in a lineup featuring Harold and Don Reid, Phil Balsley and Lew Dewitt. In 1964, they became an integral part of Johnny Cash's concert tours and remained with him for more than eight years, receiving additional national exposure on Cash's ABC-TV show from 1969 to 1971. After signing to Columbia Records in 1964, their recording of DeWitt's "Flowers on the Wall" spent four weeks at No. 2 on the country chart and reached No. 4 on the pop chart. The Statler Brothers were signed to Mercury Records in 1969 and enjoyed their greatest chart success during the '70s and '80s with a string of Top 10 singles that include the chart-topping "Do You Know You Are My Sunshine," "Elizabeth," "My Only Love" and "Too Much on My Heart." DeWitt's health problems forced him to leave the group in 1982, and he was replaced by another native Virginian, Jimmy Fortune. Nine-time winners of the CMA's vocal group of the year award, they starred in a popular variety series that ran on TNN: The Nashville Network from 1991 to 1997. They toured until retiring from the road in 2002. DeWitt died in 1990.
Ernest V. Pop Stoneman
Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman
With his 1925 hit recording of "The Titanic," Ernest Van "Pop" Stoneman became a prime architect of country music. Born in Virginia on May 25, 1893, he was the patriarch of one of country music's most famous families. The success of Stoneman's initial recordings prompted Victor Records producer Ralph Peer to record him during the landmark sessions that took place in 1927 in Bristol, Tenn., and signaled the beginning of modern country music. Those sessions also resulted in the first recordings by the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers. Following World War II, Stoneman began performing with his children, and the band eventually gained recognition as the Stoneman Family. In 1966, they starred in a syndicated TV series and were named the Country Music Association's vocal group of the year in 1967. Pop Stoneman died on June 14, 1968, but family members have continued his musical legacy into the 21st century.

Entertainer of the Year

Kenny ChesneyKenny Chesney
As much as tonight is about awards, I really believe that being able to stand up here is more about great songs, it's more about the fans, it's more about being onstage every night in front of a lot of people that really make it happen for me and the band.

Male Vocalist of the Year

Brad PaisleyBrad Paisley
Thank you to my fans who come to my shows. And thank you so much to my wife and my son and everyone I love.

Female Vocalist of the Year

Carrie UnderwoodCarrie Underwood
I got here through an unconventional way, and you guys didn't have to accept me at all. Everybody in town, everybody in Nashville, everybody in the country music community has been so great.

New Artist of the Year

Lady AntebellumLady Antebellum
Thank you, mom. All our moms are sitting there. We love you so much. Our families give such huge support to us.

Vocal Group of the Year

Rascal FlattsRascal Flatts
Thanks so much to country radio for playing our stuff. Again, all of our fans. Again, all of our fans. Again, all of our fans.

Vocal Duo of the Year

SugarlandSugarland
You never know when you get up here if you're going to be able to come back and stand up here again, so thank you so much. To be here in front of you in accepting this award for duo is a really big deal.

Single of the Year

I Saw God Today - George Strait "I Saw God Today"
George Strait
Songwriters are so gifted. ... Thank you for letting me sing such a beautiful song.

Album of the Year

Troubadour - George StraitTroubadour
George Strait
All you fans, you're the greatest. Everybody says they've got the greatest fans. Well, I've really got the greatest fans.

Song of the Year

Stay - Jennifer Nettles "Stay"
Jennifer Nettles
It's just been a gift from the beginning. It was a gift to write, and I hope it was a gift and touched your hearts. Thank you for this very much.

Musical Event of the Year

Music Video of the Year

Musician of the Year

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