A Historic Day At The CMAs – Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]
October 13, 1980
George Jones wins two times during the 14th annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. He earns Male Vocalist and Single of the Year for "He Stopped Loving Her Today," This would be the first of two years the song would take the Song of the Year award for writers Bobby Braddock and Curly Putnam. This is the only time in CMA Award history that one song has won for SOY two years in a row.
Barbara Mandrell is named Entertainer of the Year, EmmyLou Harris would win the Female Vocalist award, while the Charlie Daniels Band would receive the Instrumental Group and Roy Clark the Instrumentalist of the Year. The Vocal Group of the Year was the Statler Brothers and Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley would be named Vocal Duo of the Year. The Soundtrack from Coal Miner’s Daughter would receive the Album of the Year award.
Reba McEntire takes the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year award, joining Dan Seals as double-winners at the 20th annual event at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. Her other win is her third straight for Female Vocalist of the Year, while Seals takes Single of the Year for “Bop” and Vocal Duo of the Year with Marie Osmond.
George Strait was named Male Vocalist of the Year and Randy Travis wins the Horizon Award. The Judds take home Vocal Group of the Year, Album of the Year goes to Ronnie Milsap for Lost In The Fifties Tonight and “On The Other Hand” earns Song of the Year honors for writers Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz. The Video of the Year went to George Jones’ “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes.”
Grand Ole Opry legend Minnie Pearl was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
John Denver won two Country Music Association Awards, including Entertainer of the Year and Song of the Year for “Back Home Again.” Waylon Jennings was named Male Vocalist and Dolly Parton Female Vocalist of the Year, while Roy Clark and Buck Trent were named Instrumental Group and Johnny Gimble Instrumentalist of the Year. The Statler Brothers were named Vocal Group and Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty the Vocal Duo of the Year. Ronnie Milsap won the Album of the Year for A Legend In My Time, while Freddie Fender’s “Before The Next Teardrop Falls” was named Single of the Year.
The Entertainer of the Year presentation will be ever remembered because presenter Charlie Rich set fire to the envelope on stage as he names Denver the winner of the award.
1945 – Tex Ritter – ”You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often”
2012 – Little Big Town – Tornado
2007 – Rascal Flatts – Still Feels Good
2001 – Martina McBride – Greatest Hits
1990 – Garth Brooks – No Fences
1984 – Willie Nelson – City Of New Orleans
1979 – Waylon Jennings – Greatest Hits
1973 – Conway Twitty – You’ve Never Been This Far Before
Singer Lacy J. Dalton is 68
Singer Marie Osmond is 55
Singer/Songwriter Rhett Akins is 45