Turning back the hands of time, the Country Music Association has uncovered iconic footage for its CMA Awards 50/50 video series. As the the show is still several months out, new videos packed full of highlights, music and interviews will be released to celebrate the institute's impressive legacy through the years. In the first clip (left), Tanya Tucker, Chris Young, Trace Adkins and Little Big Town recall their first-ever performance at the CMA Awards. Talk about a blast from the past!
Tucker, who initially struck it big with songs like "Delta Dawn" and "Sparrow in a Hurricane," had just turned 15 at the time of her first appearance in 1973. "About that time, I saw Merle Haggard out in the audience," she recounts of the experience. "I [thought], 'I can't mess up in front of my heroes,' you know? But I made it through, and I certainly remember how I felt that night. I had forgotten Johnny Cash had introduced me that night."
On Young's debut performance (he performed "Voices" in 2011), he says, "You know, it's funny. This clip is one of the performances where you are actually in the middle of the crowd. That's cool because everyone's look at you and you actually get some energy from the fans. The thing that was a little weird was it was my first time performing on [the show]. So, I'm like 'whatever you do, don't mess up.'"
For Little Big Town's first CMA Awards outing, they pulled out a smokey performance of "Bones" in 2006. "I remember thinking 'what will happen if I throw up,'" band member Karen Fairchild says. "I was so nervous."
More throwback performances, content, exclusive interviews and other historical gems are expected to be released in the coming months as the countdown is officially on for the awards show's 50th ceremony. More details here.
The 2016 CMA Awards are set to return in November.