PICTURES: Here’s What the CMA Awards Looked Like in 2008


On Nov. 12, 2008, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley hosted CMA Awards for the very first time. The 42nd awards ceremony took place at Bridgestone Arena — at the time, known as the Sommet Center — in Nashville, Tenn.

Highlights from the star-studded night included then-country newcomers Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelly of Lady A (then Lady Antebellum) winning the award for New Artist of the Year and George Strait winning Album of the Year for Troubadour. Paisley was named Male Vocalist of the Year, while Underwood earned Female Vocalist of the Year; Kenny Chesney took home Entertainer of the Year.

Click through the photo gallery above to travel back in time by a decade and then some, to the 2008 CMA Awards. These pictures will remind you past fashion trends and the faces of country music in the late ’00s:

The 2020 CMA Awards are scheduled to take place on Nov. 11 and will air live from Nashville on ABC beginning at 8PM ET. Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, however, the event will look a bit different than usual: It’s being hosted at Nashville’s Music City Center, not Bridgestone Arena as is customary, and there will be no live audience.

The Boot will be staying up late covering the most buzzed-about winners, fashion and moments at the 2020 CMA Awards. Readers can watch along with us by checking back to for the latest CMAs headlines, liking The Boot on Facebook and following The Boot on Twitter.

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