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15 Most Unexpected CMA Awards Acceptance Speeches of All Time

The funniest and most poignant lines from CMA winners over the years

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Miranda Lambert accepts a CMA Award from Loretta Lynn

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The musical performances may be the big tune-in draw of the CMA Awards each year, but it's the acceptance speeches that often result in water-cooler fodder the next day. Whether they're teary-eyed and endearing or funny and over-the-top, those two minutes or so at the podium can define an entire CMA telecast. As we wait to hear what winners have to say at Wednesday's CMAs, we look back at 15 of the most buzzed-about and unexpected speeches from Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson and more.


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