Loretta Lynn Makes History – Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]
October 16, 1972
Loretta Lynn becomes the first woman to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year in the sixth annual awards at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. She also takes Female Vocalist and shares Vocal Duo with Conway Twitty.
Charley Pride is named Male Vocalist of the Year, Danny Davis & The Nashville Brass, Instrumental Group and Charlie McCoy Instrumentalist of the Year. The Statler Brothers take the Vocal Group of the Year award while Song of the Year goes to Freddie Hart for “Easy Loving” and the Single of the Year goes to Donna Fargo for “Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A.”
Earlier in the evening, Jimmy Davis was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
In between the two songs, there was a brief pause as a video from Keith Urban played for Darius. “I’m sorry to not be there for you but we are in Las Vegas tonight,” the singer said. “I wish I could be there with you.” Suddenly the audience erupted in screams and applause, as Darius turned around to see Keith walking toward him from the side of the Opry stage.
Alabama wrapped up their American Farewell tour in Bismark, North Dakota. The show ran 45 minutes past the venue’s scheduled closing time.
Shania Twain’s Up! album achieved 10 million in worldwide sales. Singles included "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!" (#7),"Up!" (#12), "Forever and for Always" (#4), "She's Not Just a Pretty Face" (#9), "When You Kiss Me" (#21) and "It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing."
George Morgan, father of Lorrie Morgan, joined the Grand Ole Opry.
2010 – Kenny Chesney – Hemmingway’s Whiskey
2004 – Rascal Flatts – Feels Like Today
1999 – Dixie Chicks – Fly
1993 – Garth Brooks – In Pieces
1982 – Willie Nelson – Always On My Mind
1976 – Waylon Jennings – Are You Ready for the Country
1971 – Charley Pride – I’m Just Me
1965 – Jim Reeves – Up Through The Years