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.”

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

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

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

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Reba McEntire belts out “Fancy.”

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

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

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

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Clint Black is “Killin’ Time.”

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

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

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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.”

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Don’t miss CMT.com’s coverage of the 50th annual CMA Awards.