CMA Festival Removes Tradition of Long Autograph Lines

Fans gather around the CMA booth in the Fan Fair hall during the 2011 CMA Music Festival. Photo Credit: Jim Hagans

For 40 years, country music fans have waited in long lines and even camped out overnight in order to position for autographs from county music stars. That tradition is going away at this year’s CMA Music Festival.

A new system will allow the 65,000 attendees to sign up for autographs online ahead of the event. Names would then be drawn randomly.

CMA chief executive Steve Moore says it will improve safety and give everyone an “equal opportunity” to get autographs.

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