Style Guide

Below are some guidelines to use when promoting “The 47th Annual CMA Awards.”

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  • “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” in quotes when used in reference to the actual program; CMA Awards is acceptable on subsequent references to the program
  • Refer to CMA Awards as singular (“The CMA Awards is a milestone in Country Music”) EXCEPT when referring to more than one individual Award (“His CMA Awards are on his mantel.”)
  • The year preceding CMA Awards with no quotation marks may also be used when  there is limited space (ex. The 2013 CMA Awards)
  • CMA Awards without quotes in all other references and when referring to the actual event and the Awards themselves, with the article “the” lower-cased (“I always attend the CMA Awards.”)
  • DO NOT refer to the CMA Awards as the Country Music Awards, the Country Music Association Awards, the CMAs, the CMA Music Awards, the Country Awards or any variation thereof
  • DO NOT refer to the CMA Awards as a show (“the CMA Awards Show” or “the show airs on ABC”). It should be referred to as “broadcast” (“the CMA Awards broadcast”)
  • “Country Music’s Biggest Night ™”; use ™ on ALL references.
  • Categories when listed as a group should be in this order: Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, New Artist, Vocal Group, Vocal Duo, Single, Album, Song, Musical Event, Music Video, and Musician. Do NOT use “of the Year” when grouping together, but use when mentioning individual categories (“Tim McGraw is nominated for Entertainer of the Year”)
  •  When nominated in more than one category, use “of the Year” at the end of the list (“Tim McGraw is nominated for Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year”)