A Busy Day IN CMA History – Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]
1978 It Must Be June, Because Dolly Is Bustin' Out All Over
At the CMA Awards, Crystal Gayle won her second consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year Award and the award for Song of the Year for “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” (awarded to writer Richard Leigh) and Dolly Parton was named Entertainer of the Year during the 12th annual ceremony at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House.
The Oak Ridge Boys were also big winners on the night, winning the Instrumental Group and Vocal Group of the Year honors, while Roy Clark took home Instrumentalist of the Year and Don Williams the Male Vocalist of the Year trophies. Kenny Rogers and Dottie West were voted the Vocal Duo of the Year, Ronnie Milsap Album of the Year (for It Was Almost Like A Song) and the Single of the Year went to The Kendalls for "Heaven's Just A Sin Away."
With all those shining awards given away, the show will always be famous for one quick, yet memorable moment: Dolly’s dress splitting as she accepts the Entertainer of the Year award from Johnny Cash and Ronnie Milsap.
Hank Williams Jr.'s duet with Hank Sr. on "There's A Tear In My Beer" wins two honors during the 23rd annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House: Vocal Event and Music Video of the Year. Other winners on the night included: George Strait for Entertainer of the Year (first of two consectutive awards), Ricky Van Shelton for Male Vocalist and Kathy Mattea for Female Vocalist (her first of two in a row), Highway 101 for Group and The Judds for Vocal Duo of the Year.
The Album of the Year went to The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for Will The Circle Be unbroken, Vol II, Song of the Year went to writer's Max Barnes and Vern Gosdin for "Chiseled In Stone" and Single of the Year went to Keith Whitley for "I'm No Stranger To The Rain."
2010 – Zac Brown Band – You Get What You Give
2004 – Keith Urban – Be Here
1999 – Dixie Chicks – Fly
1993 – Garth Brooks – In Pieces
1982 – Willie Nelson – Always On My Mind
1976 – Linda Ronstadt – Hasten Down The Wind
1971 – Lynn Anderson – You’re My Man
1965 – Buck Owens – Before You Go
Guitarist/Singer Gary Bennett (BR549) is 50.
Singer Scotty McCreery is 21.