1. Former CMA Chief Benson Retires

    August 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Former Country Music Association executive director Ed Benson has retired after 29 years with the industry organization. Benson joined the group in 1979 and became executive director in 1992. In 2005 he was named chief strategic officer and began ...

  2. CMA's Genovese To Assume COO Post

    September 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Benson takes on chief strategic officer title. The Country Music Assn. board of directors has created two new positions for longtime executive director Ed Benson and associate executive director Tammy Genovese that will result in a changing of the ...

  3. Paisley, Womack Lead CMA Nominees

    September 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With six nominations each, Brad Paisley and Lee Ann Womack are in front of the field for the 2005 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. Toby Keith and Keith Urban each netted four nods, while Sugarl With six nominations each, Brad Paisley and Lee ...

  4. CMA Awards Head To ABC

    May 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Show spent 34 years at CBS. After a 34-year run on CBS, the Country Music Assn. Awards will move to the ABC Television Network in 2006. The new deal will keep the show on the alphabet network until 2012. The first show on ABC, set to air in Novemb ...

  5. First CMA Music Fest Artists Confirmed

    February 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts and Gretchen Wilson are among the initial slate of performers set to appear at the 2005 CMA Music Festival. Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Montgomery Gentr ...

  6. Cash Tribute Added To CMA Awards

    October 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Travis Tritt and Hank Williams Jr. will take part in a tribute to Johnny Cash during the 37th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. Set for Nov Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, ...

  7. Artists, Industry React To Cash's Death

    September 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As the news spread of Johnny Cash's death today (Sept. 12) at age 71, fellow artists and members of the music industry expressed deep sadness. As the news spread of Johnny Cash's death today (Sept. 12) at age 71, fellow artists and members ...

  8. Cramer, Smith Join Country Hall Of Fame

    August 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The late Floyd Cramer and Carl Smith are the latest artists selected to join the Country Music Association's (CMA) Hall of Fame. The artists will be formally inducted Nov. 5 during the 37th annual CMA The late Floyd Cramer and Carl Smith are th ...

  9. Billboard Bits: Country Hall of Fame, Elvis, Gun Club

    August 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 News on Country Hall of Fame, Elvis, Gun Club Porter Wagoner and Bill Carlisle are the newest inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame. The announcement was made over the weekend during the Dixie Chicks' performance at Nashville's Grand ...

  10. Everlys, Jennings Among Dozen Country Hall Inductees

    July 10, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Everly Brothers, Sam Phillips, Waylon Jennings, and "Whisperin'" Bill Anderson are among 12 acts to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this fall. Also to be inducted during a dinner O The Everly Brothers, Sam Phillips ...

  11. Fan Fair Draws Record Crowd

    June 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 More than 124,000 attended last weekend's Fan Fair country music festival in Nashville, according the Country Music Association (CMA). In the past, a sold-out festival topped out at 96,000. That was s More than 124,000 attended last weekend ...

  12. Country Music: Admit It, You Love It

    May 01, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The country music industry will try to overcome a persistent inferiority complex with a self-deprecating advertising campaign aimed at encouraging fans to be proud and vocal. The slogan: "Country. Adm The country music industry will try to over ...