Johnny Cash Honored With CMA Lifetime Achievement Award

Earlier this week, the late Johnny Cash was honored with a special lifetime achievement award by the Country Music Association.

Hours before the live broadcast of the 49th annual CMA Awards on Nov. 4, the organization recognized Cash's incredible career by awarding him with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. Cash, who passed away in 2003, was represented at the ceremony by his son, John Carter Cash.

Rising country artist Jana Kramer presented the Cash family with the award, which is presented to artists who "achieved both national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales and public representation at the highest level."

Kramer also presented the Joe Talbot Award to Nancy Jones, widow of legendary country performer George Jones. The award was given to Jones in "recognition of outstanding leadership and contributions to the preservation and advancement of Country Music's values and tradition."

"The CMA Awards is a night when we recognize our brightest stars, songwriters, producers, and directors," said CMA CEO Sarah Trahern said of the honors. "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."

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Johnny Cash Honored With CMA Lifetime Achievement Award