The CMA Awards are the longest running annual music awards program on broadcast television.
ABC has extended its broadcast agreement with the Country Music Association (CMA), solidifying the network as the home of The CMA Awards, as well as CMA-branded broadcast specials CMA Fest and CMA Country Christmas, through 2026.
The CMA Awards have aired on all three legacy networks (as have the rival Academy of Country Music Awards). The CMA Awards launched on NBC in 1968 and remained there for four years. The show moved to CBS in 1972 for a remarkable 34-year run, extending through 2005. It has aired on ABC since 2006.
“Over the past 15 years, we have built a true partnership with ABC, and we are thrilled to continue our relationship through 2026,” says Sarah Trahern, CEO of the CMA, in a statement. “As television viewers are now consuming content in so many new and exciting ways, we are eager to work with the entire ABC team on creating additional paths to bring country music to audiences everywhere. As our genre continues to evolve and broaden, we look to this partnership as a key driver in expanding country music’s reach.”