Tim McGraw Can’t Fathom a Year Without the CMA Awards

Yearly Ritual Was Part of His Culture

The Country Music Association Awards have been around for just about 50 years. So has Tim McGraw.

That’s why it makes so much sense that for him that the CMA Awards show was something everyone looked forward to. And if you didn’t make a big deal out of watching it?

Well, that’s just unthinkable.

“It’s hard to believe, being from Louisiana and Mississippi, that the CMAs coming on every year wasn’t just a ritual for everybody in the whole world to get ready to watch the CMAs. That was part of our culture growing up,” McGraw said in a recent radio interview.

McGraw grew up in the tiny town of Start, Louisiana, and his wife Faith Hill was a couple of hours away in her own map dot of Star, Mississippi.

For both of them, it was a big deal to watch the CMA Awards, McGraw said.

“It’s always been unfathomable that everybody in the whole world doesn’t feel the same way about it,” he said. “And to watch country music grow and how it has become a worldwide event for everybody to sit around and watch, because of just how transcendent country music has become … I’m proud to be a part of that.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.