Johnny Cash, George Jones Honored During Pre-Televised 'CMA Awards'
November 5, 2015 at 11:44 AM (PT)
The COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION (CMA) presented industry honors WEDNESDAY night (11/4) during pre-televised festivities leading up to the national broadcast of "THE 49TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS." WARNER BROS./W.A.R. artist JANA KRAMER presented both the WILLIE NELSON Lifetime Achievement Award and the JOE TALBOT Award before the sold-out audience at the BRIDGESTONE ARENA in NASHVILLE.
The WILLIE NELSON Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in Country music and was established to recognize an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales and public representation at the highest level. This year's WILLIE NELSON Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to the late JOHNNY CASH, whose son JOHN CARTER CASH accepted on his behalf.
The JOE TALBOT Award is presented in recognition of outstanding leadership and contributions to the preservation and advancement of Country music's values and tradition and may be presented to a person as determined by the CMA Board Of Directors to recognize an initiative or long-term contribution. This year's JOE TALBOT Award was given to the late GEORGE JONES, whose widow NANCY JONES was in attendance to accept on his behalf.
"The CMA AWARDS is a night when we recognize our brightest stars, songwriters, producers, and directors," said CMA CEO SARAH TRAHERN. "But it is also an occasion for us to honor some of our industry's most revered icons, who have carried the torch and helped to advance Country music around the world."