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The 20 most iconic CMA Awards performances

Yardbarker Logo By Amy McCarthy of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 21: The artists might attend the Country Music Association Awards to score trophies, but fans are watching for one thing: the performances. Every year, country music's brightest stars are at their musical best with incredible performances that range from tear-jerking to over-the-top glamorous. With the CMA Awards coming up on Nov. 14, take a look back at some of the Awards' most iconic performances, including LeAnn Rimes' stunning CMA Awards debut, Alan Jackson's tear-jerking September 11th tribute, and so much more. The 52nd annual Country Music Association Awards air on Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

The moments that make the CMAs special

The artists might attend the Country Music Association Awards to score trophies, but fans are watching for one thing: the performances. Every year, country music's brightest stars are at their musical best with incredible performances that range from tear-jerking to over-the-top glamorous.

With the CMA Awards coming up on Nov. 14, take a look back at some of the Awards' most iconic performances, including LeAnn Rimes' stunning CMA Awards debut, Alan Jackson's tear-jerking September 11th tribute, and so much more.

The 52nd annual Country Music Association Awards air on Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. 

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