The CMA award, or Country Music Association award, is given to artists in the country music industry to recognize their achievements. It’s an award that many country music artists aspire to get their hands on.
So, have you ever wondered which artist has won the most awards? Well, we made a list of 20 artists who have won the most CMA awards.
20. Hank Williams Jr. – 7 CMA awards
Hank Williams Jr. has won a total of seven CMA awards, and his first was in 1985. He was in the Music Video of the Year category for his iconic video, “All My Rowdy Friends Are Comin’ Over Tonight.”
19. Little Big City – 7 CMA Awards
Little Big Town, a landmark group in country music, won seven awards. Six of them belong to the Vocal Group of the Year category, which they dominated for four years from 2012 to 2016.
18. George Jones – 7 CMA awards
George Jones won his first CMA Award in 1980. He won Single of the Year and Male Singer of the Year due to his signature song, “He stopped loving her today.” He went on to win five more awards, bringing his total to seven awards.
17. Chris Stapleton – 7 CMA Awards
Chris Stapelton came with guns blazing at the 2015 CMA Awards. His “Traveler” The debut solo album picked up several wins, including Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, and New Artist of the Year. He later won four more, bringing his total to seven CMA awards.
16. Alison Krauss – 8 CMA Awards
After earning her first female singer of the year in 1995, Alison Krauss quickly became one of the country music industry’s most award-winning artists. In addition to his eight CMA awards, Krauss also has a record 27 Grammy Awards.
15. Johnny Cash – 9 CMA Awards
Johnny Cash has nine CMA Awards, six of which he won in the late 1960s. He won the last three four decades later. The first was Album of the Year 2003 for his album “American IV: The Man Comes Around”. The next two are Single of the Year and Music Video of the Year based on his cover of “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails.
14. Patron Dolly – 9 CMA awards
As one of country music’s most successful solo artists, it’s no surprise to see Dolly Patron on this list. She won Vocal Duo of the Year twice with Porter Wagoner in 1970 and 1971. She went on to win seven awards in the years that followed, including her 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.
13. The Judds – 9 CMA Awards
Wynonna and Naomi Judd burst onto the scene in 1984 and quickly became country music’s most iconic duo. The mother-daughter pair won New Artist of the Year that year, one of their nine awards. After that, they won Vocal Group or Vocal Duo of the Year seven times. Including six impressive consecutive victories.
12. Taylor Swift – 9 CMA Awards
Taylor Swift won an impressive nine CMA awards before making the move to pop music for good. Artist of the Year, Music Video of the Year and Female Artist of the Year are some of the awards she has to her credit.
11. Kenny Chesney – 9 CMA Awards
Kenny Chesney has won a total of nine CMA awards. He does, however, share some particular milestones with Garth Brooks. Like Brooks, Chesney has also won Entertainer of the Year four times. In 2016 Chesney won the Pinnacle Award. He is only the third artist to do so, the first of which is Brooks.
10. Mac McAnally – 9 CMA Awards
Mac McAnally is a prolific musician and a Nashville icon with nine CMA awards. He has won Musician of the Year nine times, including eight consecutive victories.
9. Dixie Chicks – 10 CMA Awards
Before the Dixie Chicks dropped out of country music in 2002, they were the genre’s biggest group. They won ten CMA awards from 1998 to 2000. They won their last award, which was Vocal Group of the Year, in 2002.
8. Kieth Urban – 12 CMA awards
After bursting onto the scene in 2001, Keith Urban has won a total of twelve CMA awards. This includes the prestigious Entertainer of the Year award which cemented his status as one of country music’s greatest artists.
7. Miranda Lambert – 13 CMA awards
Throughout her storied career, Miranda Lambert has won countless awards, including her thirteen CMA Awards. She’s won Female Artist of the Year seven times, and in 2014 won Album of the Year for her album “Platinum.”
6. Garth Brooks – 14 CMA Awards
Considered one of country music’s most successful artists, Garth Brook has won fourteen CMA Awards during his impressive career. Six of these awards belong to the prestigious Artist of the Year category. He is also the first artist to win the Pinnacle Award.
5. Brad Paisley – 14 CMA Awards
Another regular CMA Awards winner is Brad Paisley. He is also one of the event’s most popular hosts. Paisley has won a total of fourteen trophies since his first in 2002 for Best New Artist.
4. Alan Jackson – 16 CMA Awards
Alan Jackson has proven to be one of AMC’s most dominant honorees for more than two decades. The man has collected a total of sixteen CMA Awards since his first in 1992. He is also one of only two country music artists to have won five CMA Awards in a single night.
3. Brooks & Dunn – 18 CMA Awards
Brooks & Dunn topped the CMA’s Vocal Duo of the Year category, which many have begun to jokingly refer to as the “Brooks & Dunn Award”. They have won fourteen times in this category, as well as four other awards, including Artist of the Year 1996. In total, the duo has eighteen awards to their credit.
2. Vince Gill – 18 CMA Awards
Vince Gill is one of country music’s most enduring personalities. This is evident with its eighteen CMA Awards. His historic rise to the CMA Awards began after winning single of the year in 1990 with his song “When I call your name.”
1. George Strait – 22 CMA Awards
Of course, it’s no surprise to see the reigning king of country music, George Strait, take the top spot for the most CMA Award. He won a total of twenty-two awards, including Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Single of the Year. His reign began with an Album of the Year win in 1985 for his fourth studio album, “Does Fort Worth cross your mind.”
Ultimately, while these awards are a great way to recognize the accomplishments of these artists, it’s important to note that they don’t define their career success. That said, is your favorite artist on our list?