7 Unbelievable CMA Awards Winners (and 3 That Came Close!)
Who has more lifetime CMA Awards wins: country singer and radio staple Chris Young, or the actor who played George Costanza on Seinfeld? Jason Alexander is just one of a number of unexpected CMA winners in the show's 50-plus-year history. He's one of four actors with more CMA wins than Young, Clay Walker, Rosanne Cash and about a dozen more hitmakers.
Two pop singers and a country legend that died 14 years before the first CMA Awards also make this list of shocking CMA winners. We expanded this list to also include a few surprising nominees. Did you know Snoop Dogg was nominated for a CMA Award? He didn't win, and neither did rocker Bon Jovi. Alas, Hollywood has a better track record of sending CMA winners to Nashville than the rock world.
Flip through the seven shocking CMA winners we found since 1967 (and a few other modern celebrities who didn't win but gave it a good shot). In 2019, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross could join this list, if Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus' "Old Town Road" wins Musical Event of the Year. A portion of NIN's "34 Ghosts IV" is used in the song, which means Reznor and Ross have co-writing credits.
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