McAnally sets record at CMAs
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
– Mac McAnally was named Musician of the Year by the Country Music Association on Wednesday.
The honor breaks his tie with fiddler Mark O'Connor, who received the award from 1991-1996. McAnally was first nominated for Musician in 2007, winning in 2008 and every year since. The first person to ever receive the award was Chet Atkins, in 1988.
"I have to be the least deserving winner of the CMA Musician of the Year award, but that doesn't mean I'm not grateful for it," McAnally said. "The guys I'm nominated with honestly deserve it at least as much as I deserve it. Jerry Douglas could be half as good as he is and be the best in the world at his instrument. I wouldn't put myself in that category at all. But I'm the most grateful guy that's ever gotten the award, I'll say that."
McAnally took the honor over Dann Huff, Sam Bush, Paul Franklin and Jerry Douglas.
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