Photos: Country Royalty Kick Off 2016 CMAs

Dwight Yoakam, Roy Clark, Randy Travis a Part of the Celebration

The 50th annual CMA Awards began in grand fashion as some of the biggest names in the genre shared the stage. It was a salute 50 years in the making and honored some of the most influential country artists of all-time. Enjoy a look at photos from the star-studded show opening.

Vince Gill and Ben Haggard pay tribute to Merle Haggard with “Mama Tried.”

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02:  Vince Gill performs onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images) Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

Roy Clark and Brad Paisley honor Buck Owens with “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail.”

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02:  Roy Clark and Brad Paisley perform onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images) Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

Brad Paisley and Charley Pride feel the love with “Kiss an Angel Good Morning.”

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02:  Brad Paisley and Charley Pride perform onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images) Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

Carrie Underwood sings Tammy Wynette‘s “Stand By Your Man.”

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02:  Carrie Underwood performs onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images) Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

Reba McEntire belts out “Fancy.”

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02:  Reba McEntire speaks onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images) Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Charlie Daniels and Brad Paisley perform “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02:  Charlie Daniels and Brad Paisley perform onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images) Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Dwight Yoakam brings “Guitars, Cadillacs” to the party.

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Dwight Yoakam performs onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images) Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

Ricky Skaggs, Brad Paisley and Charlie Daniels team up for “Country Boy.”

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02:  Ricky Skaggs, Brad Paisley, and Charlie Daniels perform onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images) Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Clint Black is “Killin’ Time.”

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02:  Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Jeff Cook, Clint Black, Randy Owen, and Teddy Gentry perform onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images) Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

Alan Jackson reminds us “Don’t Rock the Jukebox.”

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Alan Jackson performs onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images) Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

Alabama‘s “Mountain Music” is music to our ears.

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Jeff Cook, Randy Owen, and Teddy Gentry perform onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images) Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

Charlie Daniels, Charley Pride, Dwight Yoakam, Carrie Underwood, Randy Travis, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Jeff Cook, Randy Owen, and Teddy Gentry join forces on “Forever and Ever, Amen.”

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02:  (L-R) Charlie Daniels, Charley Pride, Dwight Yoakam, Carrie Underwood, Randy Travis, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Jeff Cook, Randy Owen, and Teddy Gentry perform onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images) Rick Diamond/Getty Images

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