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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."

Roy Clark and Brad Paisley honor Buck Owens with "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail."

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

[image src="wp-attachment://1773013" title="The 50th Annual CMA Awards - Show" alt="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)"]

Carrie Underwood sings Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man."

Reba McEntire belts out "Fancy."

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

Dwight Yoakam brings "Guitars, Cadillacs" to the party.

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

Clint Black is "Killin' Time."

Alan Jackson reminds us "Don't Rock the Jukebox."

Alabama's "Mountain Music" is music to our ears.

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."

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

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