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Entertainer of the Year

Entertainer of the Year

1967 Eddy Arnold
1968 Glen Campbell
1969 Johnny Cash
1970 Merle Haggard
1971 Charley Pride
1972 Loretta Lynn (first female winner)
1973 Roy Clark
1974 Charlie Rich
1975 John Denver
1976 Mel Tillis
1977 Ronnie Milsap
1978 Dolly Parton
1979 Willie Nelson
1980 Barbara Mandrell
1981 Barbara Mandrell (first back-to-back winner)
1982 Alabama (first group to win)
1983 Alabama
1984 Alabama (tied for longest category win streak – 3)
1985 Ricky Skaggs
1986 Reba McEntire
1987 Hank Williams, Jr.
1988 Hank Williams, Jr.
1989 George Strait
1990 George Strait
1991 Garth Brooks
1992 Garth Brooks
1993 Vince Gill
1994 Vince Gill
1995 Alan Jackson
1996 Brooks & Dunn
1997 Garth Brooks
1998 Garth Brooks (tied for most category wins – 4)
1999 Shania Twain
2000 Dixie Chicks (first all-female group to win)
2001 Tim McGraw
2002 Alan Jackson
2003 Alan Jackson
2004 Kenny Chesney
2005 Keith Urban
2006 Kenny Chesney
2007 Kenny Chesney
2008 Kenny Chesney (tied for longest category win streak – 3; tied for most category wins – 4)
2009 Taylor Swift
2010 Brad Paisley
2011 Taylor Swift
2012 Blake Shelton
2013 George Strait (most years between wins – 23)

Female Vocalist of the Year

Female Vocalist of the Year

1967 Loretta Lynn
1968 Tammy Wynette
1969 Tammy Wynette
1970 Tammy Wynette
1971 Lynn Anderson
1972 Loretta Lynn
1973 Loretta Lynn
1974 Olivia Newton-John
1975 Dolly Parton
1976 Dolly Parton
1977 Crystal Gayle
1978 Crystal Gayle
1979 Barbara Mandrell
1980 Emmylou Harris
1981 Barbara Mandrell
1982 Janie Fricke
1983 Janie Fricke
1984 Reba McEntire
1985 Reba McEntire
1986 Reba McEntire
1987 Reba McEntire (tied for longest category win streak/most category wins – 4)
1988 K.T. Oslin
1989 Kathy Mattea
1990 Kathy Mattea
1991 Tanya Tucker
1992 Mary Chapin Carpenter
1993 Mary Chapin Carpenter
1994 Pam Tillis
1995 Alison Krauss
1996 Patty Loveless
1997 Trisha Yearwood
1998 Trisha Yearwood
1999 Martina McBride
2000 Faith Hill
2001 Lee Ann Womack
2002 Martina McBride
2003 Martina McBride
2004 Martina McBride
2005 Gretchen Wilson
2006 Carrie Underwood
2007 Carrie Underwood
2008 Carrie Underwood
2009 Taylor Swift
2010 Miranda Lambert
2011 Miranda Lambert
2012 Miranda Lambert
2013 Miranda Lambert (tied for longest category win streak/most category wins – 4)

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Male Vocalist of the Year

Male Vocalist of the Year

1967 Jack Greene
1968 Glen Campbell
1969 Johnny Cash
1970 Merle Haggard
1971 Charley Pride
1972 Charley Pride
1973 Charlie Rich
1974 Ronnie Milsap
1975 Waylon Jennings
1976 Ronnie Milsap
1977 Ronnie Milsap
1978 Don Williams
1979 Kenny Rogers
1980 George Jones
1981 George Jones
1982 Ricky Skaggs
1983 Lee Greenwood
1984 Lee Greenwood
1985 George Strait
1986 George Strait
1987 Randy Travis
1988 Randy Travis
1989 Ricky Van Shelton
1990 Clint Black
1991 Vince Gill
1992 Vince Gill
1993 Vince Gill
1994 Vince Gill
1995 Vince Gill (longest category win streak/most category wins – 5)
1996 George Strait
1997 George Strait
1998 George Strait
1999 Tim McGraw
2000 Tim McGraw
2001 Toby Keith
2002 Alan Jackson
2003 Alan Jackson
2004 Keith Urban
2005 Keith Urban
2006 Keith Urban
2007 Brad Paisley
2008 Brad Paisley
2009 Brad Paisley
2010 Blake Shelton
2011 Blake Shelton
2012 Blake Shelton
2013 Blake Shelton
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Vocal Group of the Year

Vocal Group of the Year

1967 The Stoneman Family
1968 Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton
1969 Johnny Cash & June Carter
1970 The Glaser Brothers
1971 The Osborne Brothers
1972 The Statler Brothers
1973 The Statler Brothers
1974 The Statler Brothers
1975 The Statler Brothers
1976 The Statler Brothers
1977 The Statler Brothers (tied for longest category win streak – 6)
1978 The Oak Ridge Boys
1979 The Statler Brothers
1980 The Statler Brothers
1981 Alabama
1982 Alabama
1983 Alabama
1984 The Statler Brothers (most category wins – 9
1985 The Judds
1986 The Judds
1987 The Judds
1988 Highway 101
1989 Highway 101
1990 Kentucky HeadHunters
1991 Kentucky HeadHunters
1992 Diamond Rio
1993 Diamond Rio
1994 Diamond Rio
1995 The Mavericks
1996 The Mavericks
1997 Diamond Rio
1998 Dixie Chicks
1999 Dixie Chicks
2000 Dixie Chicks
2001 Lonestar
2002 Dixie Chicks
2003 Rascal Flatts
2004 Rascal Flatts
2005 Rascal Flatts
2006 Rascal Flatts
2007 Rascal Flatts
2008 Rascal Flatts (tied for longest category win streak – 6)
2009 Lady Antebellum
2010 Lady Antebellum
2011 Lady Antebellum
2012 Little Big Town
2013 Little Big Town

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Vocal Duo of the Year

Vocal Duo of the Year

Introduced in 1970
1970 Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton
1971 Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton
1972 Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn
1973 Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn
1974 Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn
1975 Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn
1976 Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
1977 Jim Ed Brown & Helen Cornelius
1978 Kenny Rogers & Dottie West
1979 Kenny Rogers & Dottie West
1980 Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley
1981 David Frizzell & Shelly West
1982 David Frizzell & Shelly West
1983 Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson
1984 Willie Nelson & Julio Iglesias
1985 Anne Murray & Dave Loggins
1986 Dan Seals & Marie Osmond
1987 Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White
1988 The Judds
1989 The Judds
1990 The Judds
1991 The Judds
1992 Brooks & Dunn
1993 Brooks & Dunn
1994 Brooks & Dunn
1995 Brooks & Dunn
1996 Brooks & Dunn
1997 Brooks & Dunn
1998 Brooks & Dunn
1999 Brooks & Dunn (longest category win streak – 8)
2000 Montgomery Gentry
2001 Brooks & Dunn
2002 Brooks & Dunn
2003 Brooks & Dunn
2004 Brooks & Dunn
2005 Brooks & Dunn
2006 Brooks & Dunn (most category wins – 14)
2007 Sugarland
2008 Sugarland
2009 Sugarland
2010 Sugarland
2011 Sugarland
2012 Thompson Square
2013 Florida Georgia Line

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New Artist of the Year

New Artist of the Year

Horizon Award introduced in 1981. Changed to New Artist of the Year in 2008.
1981 Terri Gibbs
1982 Ricky Skaggs
1983 John Anderson
1984 The Judds
1985 Sawyer Brown
1986 Randy Travis
1987 Holly Dunn
1988 Ricky Van Shelton
1989 Clint Black
1990 Garth Brooks
1991 Travis Tritt
1992 Suzy Bogguss
1993 Mark Chesnutt
1994 John Michael Montgomery
1995 Alison Krauss
1996 Bryan White
1997 LeAnn Rimes
1998 Dixie Chicks
1999 Jo Dee Messina
2000 Brad Paisley
2001 Keith Urban
2002 Rascal Flatts
2003 Joe Nichols
2004 Gretchen Wilson
2005 Dierks Bentley
2006 Carrie Underwood
2007 Taylor Swift
2008 Lady Antebellum
2009 Darius Rucker
2010 Zac Brown Band
2011 The Band Perry
2012 Hunter Hayes
2013 Kacey Musgraves

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Single of the Year

Single of the Year

Award to artist and producer. Introduced Award to producer in 1989.
1967 “There Goes My Everything;” Jack Greene; Decca Records
1968 “Harper Valley P.T.A.;” Jeannie C. Riley; Plantation Records
1969 “A Boy Named Sue;” Johnny Cash; Columbia Records
1970 “Okie From Muskogee;” Merle Haggard; Capitol Nashville
1971 “Help Me Make It Through The Night;” Sammi Smith; Mega Records
1972 “The Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A.;” Donna Fargo; Dot Records
1973 “Behind Closed Doors;” Charlie Rich; Epic Records
1974 “Country Bumpkin;” Cal Smith; MCA Nashville
1975 “Before The Next Teardrop Falls;” Freddy Fender; ABC Dot Records
1976 “Good Hearted Woman;” Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson; RCA Records
1977 “Lucille;” Kenny Rogers; United Artists Records
1978 “Heaven’s Just A Sin Away;” The Kendalls; Ovation Records
1979 “The Devil Went Down to Georgia;” Charlie Daniels Band; Epic Records
1980 “He Stopped Loving Her Today;” George Jones; Epic Records
1981 “Elvira;” Oak Ridge Boys; MCA Nashville
1982 “Always On My Mind;” Willie Nelson; Columbia Records
1983 “Swingin;’” John Anderson; Warner Bros. Records
1984 “A Little Good News;” Anne Murray; Capitol Nashville
1985 “Why Not Me;” The Judds; RCA Records/Curb Records
1986 “Bop;” Dan Seals; EMI America Records
1987 “Forever And Ever, Amen;” Randy Travis; Warner Bros. Records
1988 “Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses;” Kathy Mattea; PolyGram Records
1989 “I’m No Stranger To The Rain;” Keith Whitley; RCA Records; produced by Garth Fundis and Keith Whitley
1990 “When I Call Your Name;” Vince Gill; MCA Nashville; produced by Tony Brown
1991 “Friends In Low Places;” Garth Brooks; Capitol Nashville; produced by Allen Reynolds
1992 “Achy Breaky Heart;” Billy Ray Cyrus; Mercury Nashville; produced by John Cotton and Joe Scaife
1993 “Chattahoochee;” Alan Jackson; Arista Nashville; produced by Keith Stegall
1994 “I Swear;” John Michael Montgomery; Atlantic Records; produced by Scott Hendricks
1995 “When You Say Nothing At All;” Alison Krauss & Union Station; BNA Records; produced by Randy Scruggs
1996 “Check Yes Or No;” George Strait; MCA Nashville; produced by Tony Brown and George Strait
1997 “Strawberry Wine;” Deana Carter; Capitol Nashville; produced by Chris Farren
1998 “Holes In The Floor Of Heaven;” Steve Wariner; Capitol Nashville; produced by Steve Wariner
1999 “Wide Open Spaces;” Dixie Chicks; Monument Records; produced by Blake Chancey and Paul Worley
2000 “I Hope You Dance;” Lee Ann Womack (with special guest appearance by Sons of the Desert); MCA Nashville; produced by Mark Wright
2001 “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow;” The Soggy Bottom Boys; Lost Highway Records; produced by T Bone Burnett
2002 “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning);” Alan Jackson; Arista Nashville; produced by Keith Stegall
2003 “Hurt;” Johnny Cash; Lost Highway Records; produced by Rick Rubin (most years between wins – Johnny Cash 34)
2004 “Live Like You Were Dying;” Tim McGraw; Curb Records; produced by Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw and Darran Smith
2005 “I May Hate Myself In The Morning;” Lee Ann Womack; MCA Nashville; produced by Byron Gallimore
2006 “Believe;” Brooks & Dunn; Arista Nashville; produced by Tony Brown, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn
2007 “Before He Cheats;” Carrie Underwood; 19 Recordings Limited/Arista Nashville; produced by Mark Bright
2008 “I Saw God Today;” George Strait; MCA Nashville; produced by Tony Brown and George Strait
2009 “I Run To You;” Lady Antebellum; Capitol Records Nashville; produced by Victoria Shaw and Paul Worley
2010 “Need You Now;” Lady Antebellum; Capitol Records Nashville; produced by Paul Worley and Lady Antebellum (only back-to-back winner – Lady Antebellum)
2011 “If I Die Young;” The Band Perry; Republic Nashville; Produced by Paul Worley
2012 “Pontoon;” Little Big Town; Capitol Records Nashville; Produced by Jay Joyce
2013 “Cruise;” Florida Georgia Line; Republic Nashville; Produced by Joey Moi

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Song of the Year

Song of the Year

Award to songwriter.
1967 “There Goes My Everything;” Dallas Frazier
1968 “Honey;” Bobby Russell
1969 “Carroll County Accident;” Bob Ferguson
1970 “Sunday Morning Coming Down;” Kris Kristofferson
1971 “Easy Loving;” Freddie Hart
1972 “Easy Loving;” Freddie Hart
1973 “Behind Closed Doors;” Kenny O’Dell
1974 “Country Bumpkin;” Don Wayne
1975 “Back Home Again;” John Denver
1976 “Rhinestone Cowboy;” Larry Weiss
1977 “Lucille;” Roger Bowling and Hal Bynum
1978 “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue;” Richard Leigh
1979 “The Gambler;” Don Schlitz
1980 “He Stopped Loving Her Today;” Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman
1981 “He Stopped Loving Her Today;” Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman
1982 “Always On My Mind;” Johnny Christopher, Wayne Carson and Mark James
1983 “Always On My Mind;” Johnny Christopher, Wayne Carson and Mark James
1984 “Wind Beneath My Wings;” Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar
1985 “God Bless The USA;” Lee Greenwood
1986 “On The Other Hand;” Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz
1987 “Forever And Ever, Amen;” Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz
1988 “80s Ladies;” K.T. Oslin
1989 “Chiseled In Stone;” Max D. Barnes and Vern Gosdin
1990 “Where’ve You Been;” Jon Vezner and Don Henry
1991 “When I Call Your Name;” Vince Gill and Tim DuBois
1992 “Look At Us;” Vince Gill and Max D. Barnes
1993 “I Still Believe In You;” Vince Gill and John Barlow Jarvis (longest winning streak – Vince Gill)
1994 “Chattahoochee;” Alan Jackson and Jim McBride
1995 “Independence Day;” Gretchen Peters
1996 “Go Rest High On That Mountain;” Vince Gill (most category wins – 4)
1997 “Strawberry Wine;” Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison
1998 “Holes In The Floor Of Heaven;” Billy Kirsch and Steve Wariner
1999 “This Kiss;” Annie Roboff; Robin Lerner and Beth Nielsen Chapman
2000 “I Hope You Dance;” Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers
2001 “Murder On Music Row;” Larry Cordle and Larry Shell
2002 “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning);” Alan Jackson
2003 “Three Wooden Crosses;” Doug Johnson and Kim Williams
2004 “Live Like You Were Dying;” Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman
2005 “Whiskey Lullaby;” Bill Anderson and Jon Randall
2006 “Believe;” Craig Wiseman and Ronnie Dunn
2007 “Give It Away;” Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon and Jamey Johnson
2008 “Stay;” Jennifer Nettles
2009 “In Color;” Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller and James Otto
2010 “The House That Built Me;” Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin
2011 “If I Die Young;” Kimberly Perry
2012 “Over You;” Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton
2013 “I Drive Your Truck;” Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Jimmy Yeary

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Album of the Year

Album of the Year

Award to artist and producer. Introduced Award to producer in 1989.
1967 THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING; Jack Greene; Decca Records
1968 JOHNNY CASH AT FOLSOM PRISON; Johnny Cash; Columbia Records
1969 JOHNNY CASH AT SAN QUENTIN PRISON; Johnny Cash; Columbia Records
1970 OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE; Merle Haggard; Capitol Nashville
1971 I WON’T MENTION IT AGAIN; Ray Price; Columbia Records
1972 LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT A SONG; Merle Haggard; Capitol Nashville
1973 BEHIND CLOSED DOORS; Charlie Rich; Epic Records
1974 VERY SPECIAL LOVE SONGS; Charlie Rich; Epic Records
1975 A LEGEND IN MY TIME; Ronnie Milsap; RCA Records
1976 WANTED: THE OUTLAWS; Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser and Jessi Colter; RCA Records
1977 RONNIE MILSAP LIVE; Ronnie Milsap; RCA Records
1978 IT WAS ALMOST LIKE A SONG; Ronnie Milsap; RCA Records
1979 THE GAMBLER; Kenny Rogers; United Artists Records
1980 COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER; Original Motion Picture Soundtrack; MCA Nashville
1981 I BELIEVE IN YOU; Don Williams; MCA Nashville
1982 ALWAYS ON MY MIND; Willie Nelson; Columbia Records
1983 THE CLOSER YOU GET; Alabama; RCA Records
1984 A LITTLE GOOD NEWS; Anne Murray; Capitol Nashville
1985 DOES FORT WORTH EVER CROSS YOUR MIND; George Strait; MCA Nashville
1986 LOST IN THE FIFTIES TONIGHT; Ronnie Milsap; RCA Records
1987 ALWAYS AND FOREVER; Randy Travis; Warner Bros. Records
1988 BORN TO BOOGIE; Hank Williams, Jr.; Warner Bros. Records/Curb Records
1989 WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN VOL. II; Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; Universal Records; produced by Randy Scruggs
1990 PICKIN’ ON NASHVILLE; Kentucky HeadHunters; Mercury Nashville; produced by Kentucky HeadHunters
1991 NO FENCES; Garth Brooks; Capitol Nashville; produced by Allen Reynolds
1992 ROPIN’ THE WIND; Garth Brooks; Liberty Records; produced by Allen Reynolds
1993 I STILL BELIEVE IN YOU; Vince Gill; MCA Nashville; produced by Tony Brown
1994 COMMON THREAD: THE SONGS OF THE EAGLES; John Anderson, Clint Black, Suzy Bogguss, Brooks & Dunn, Billy Dean, Diamond Rio, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Little Texas, Lorrie Morgan, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker and Trisha Yearwood; Giant Records; produced by Suzy Bogguss, Tony Brown, Don Cook, Jerry Crutchfield, Billy Dean, Christy Dianpoli, Garth Fundis, Doug Grau, Scott Hendricks, Richard Landis, Lynn Peterzell, Monty Powell, Keith Stegall and James Stroud
1995 WHEN FALLEN ANGELS FLY; Patty Loveless; Epic Records; produced by Emory Gordy Jr.
1996 BLUE CLEAR SKY; George Strait; MCA Nashville; produced by Tony Brown and George Strait
1997 CARRYING YOUR LOVE WITH ME; George Strait; MCA Nashville; produced by Tony Brown and George Strait
1998 EVERYWHERE; Tim McGraw; Curb Records; produced by Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw and James Stroud
1999 A PLACE IN THE SUN; Tim McGraw; Curb Records; produced by Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw and James Stroud
2000 FLY; Dixie Chicks; Monument Records; produced by Blake Chancey
2001 O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?; Various Artists; Lost Highway Records; produced by T Bone Burnett
2002 DRIVE; Alan Jackson; Arista Nashville; produced by Keith Stegall
2003 AMERICAN IV: THE MAN COMES AROUND; Johnny Cash; Lost Highway Records; produced by Rick Rubin
2004 WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN; Kenny Chesney; BNA Records; produced by Buddy Cannon and Kenny Chesney
2005 THERE’S MORE WHERE THAT CAME FROM; Lee Ann Womack; MCA Nashville; produced by Byron Gallimore and Greg Droman
2006 TIME WELL WASTED; Brad Paisley; Arista Nashville; produced by Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois
2007 IT JUST COMES NATURAL; George Strait; MCA Nashville; produced by Tony Brown and George Strait
2008 TROUBADOUR; George Strait; MCA Nashville; produced by Tony Brown and George Strait (most category wins – 5)
2009 FEARLESS; Taylor Swift; Big Machine Records; produced by Nathan Chapman and Taylor Swift
2010 REVOLUTION; Miranda Lambert; Columbia Nashville; produced by Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke
2011 MY KINDA PARTY; Jason Aldean; Broken Bow Records; Produced by Michael Knox
2012 CHIEF; Eric Church; EMI Records Nashville; Produced by Jay Joyce
2013 BASED ON A TRUE STORY; Blake Shelton; Warner Bros. Records; Produced by Scott Hendricks

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Musical Event of the Year

Musical Event of the Year

Vocal Event introduced in 1988. Changed to Musical Event in 2005.
1988 Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt; Trio
1989 Hank Williams, Jr. and Hank Williams, Sr.; “There’s A Tear In My Beer”
1990 Lorrie Morgan and Keith Whitley; “Til A Tear Becomes A Rose”
1991 Mark O’Connor & The New Nashville Cats (featuring Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs and Steve Wariner)
1992 Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt; “Honky Tonkin’ Is What I Do Best”
1993 George Jones with Vince Gill, Mark Chesnutt, Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, Joe Diffie, Alan Jackson, Pam Tillis, T. Graham Brown,
Patty Loveless and Clint Black; “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair”
1994 Reba McEntire with Linda Davis; “Does He Love You”
1995 Shenandoah with Alison Krauss; “Somewhere In The Vicinity Of The Heart”
1996 Dolly Parton with special guest Vince Gill; “I Will Always Love You”
1997 Tim McGraw with Faith Hill; “It’s Your Love”
1998 Patty Loveless with special guest George Jones; “You Don’t Seem To Miss Me”
1999 Vince Gill with Patty Loveless; “My Kind Of Woman, My Kind Of Man” (tied for most wins in category – Vince Gill 4)
2000 George Strait duet with Alan Jackson; “Murder On Music Row”
2001 Brad Paisley with featured vocals by George Jones, Bill Anderson and Buck Owens; “Too Country”
2002 Willie Nelson with Lee Ann Womack; “Mendocino County Line”
2003 Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett; “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”
2004 Brad Paisley featuring Alison Krauss; “Whiskey Lullaby”
2005 George Strait duet with Lee Ann Womack; “Good News, Bad News”
2006 Brad Paisley featuring Dolly Parton; “When I Get Where I’m Going”
2007 Tracy Lawrence featuring Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney; “Find Out Who Your Friends Are”
2008 Robert Plant and Alison Krauss; “Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)”
2009 Brad Paisley (duet with Keith Urban); “Start A Band” (tied for most wins in category – Brad Paisley 4)
2010 Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins; “Hillbilly Bone”
2011 Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson; “Don’t You Wanna Stay”
2012 Kenny Chesney (duet with Tim McGraw); “Feel Like A Rockstar”
2013 Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift & Keith Urban; “Highway Don’t Care” (tied for most wins in category – Tim McGraw 4)

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Musical Video of the Year

Music Video of the Year

Award to artist and director. Introduced in 1985. Not awarded in 1988.
1985 “All My Rowdy Friends Are Comin’ Over Tonight;” Hank Williams, Jr.; directed by John Goodhue; Warner Bros. Records/Curb Records
1986 “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes;” George Jones; directed by Marc Ball; Epic Records
1987 “My Name Is Bocephus;” Hank Williams, Jr.; directed by Bill Fishman; Warner Bros. Records/Curb Records
1989 “There’s A Tear In My Beer;” Hank Williams, Jr. and Hank Williams, Sr.; directed by Ethan Russell; Warner Bros. Records/Curb Records
1990 “The Dance;” Garth Brooks; directed by John Lloyd Miller; Capitol Nashville
1991 “The Thunder Rolls;” Garth Brooks; directed by Bud Schaetzle; Capitol Nashville
1992 “Midnight In Montgomery;” Alan Jackson; directed by Jim Shea; Arista Nashville
1993 “Chattahoochee;” Alan Jackson; directed by Martin Kahan; Arista Nashville
1994 “Independence Day;” Martina McBride; directed by Robert Deaton and George J. Flanigen IV; RCA Records
1995 “Baby Likes To Rock It;” The Tractors; directed by Michael Salomon; Arista Nashville
1996 “My Wife Thinks Your Dead;” Junior Brown; directed by Michael McNamara; Curb Records
1997 “455 Rocket;” Kathy Mattea; directed by Steven Goldmann; Mercury Nashville
1998 “This Kiss;” Faith Hill; directed by Steven Goldmann; Warner Bros. Records
1999 “Wide Open Spaces;” Dixie Chicks; directed by Thom Oliphant; Monument Records
2000 “Goodbye Earl;” Dixie Chicks; directed by Evan Bernard; Monument Records
2001 “Born To Fly;” Sara Evans; directed by Peter Zavadil; RCA Records
2002 “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song);” Brad Paisley; directed by Peter Zavadil; Arista Nashville
2003 “Hurt;” Johnny Cash; directed by Mark Romanek; Lost Highway Records
2004 “Whiskey Lullaby;” Brad Paisley featuring Alison Krauss; directed by Rick Schroeder; Arista Nashville
2005 “As Good As I Once Was;” Toby Keith; directed by Michael Salomon; DreamWorks Records Nashville
2006 “Believe;” Brooks & Dunn; directed by Robert Deaton and George J. Flanigen IV; Arista Nashville
2007 “Online;” Brad Paisley; directed by Jason Alexander; Arista Nashville
2008 “Waitin’ On a Woman;” Brad Paisley and Andy Griffith; directed by Jim Shea and Peter Tilden; Arista Nashville (most category wins – Brad Paisley 4)
2009 “Love Story;” Taylor Swift; directed by Trey Fanjoy; Big Machine Records
2010 “The House That Built Me;” Miranda Lambert; directed by Trey Fanjoy; Columbia Nashville
2011 “You and Tequila;” Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter; directed by Shaun Silva
2012 “Red Solo Cup;” Toby Keith; directed by Michael Salomon
2013 “Highway Don’t Care;” Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift & Keith Urban; directed by Shane Drake

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Musician of the Year

Musician of the Year

Changed from Instrumentalist of the Year in 1988.
1967 Chet Atkins
1968 Chet Atkins
1969 Chet Atkins
1970 Jerry Reed
1971 Jerry Reed
1972 Charlie McCoy
1973 Charlie McCoy
1974 Don Rich
1975 Johnny Gimble
1976 Hargus “Pig” Robbins
1977 Roy Clark
1978 Roy Clark
1979 Charlie Daniels
1980 Roy Clark
1981 Chet Atkins
1982 Chet Atkins
1983 Chet Atkins
1984 Chet Atkins
1985 Chet Atkins
1986 Johnny Gimble
1987 Johnny Gimble
1988 Chet Atkins (most category wins – 9)
1989 Johnny Gimble
1990 Johnny Gimble
1991 Mark O’Connor
1992 Mark O’Connor
1993 Mark O’Connor
1994 Mark O’Connor
1995 Mark O’Connor
1996 Mark O’Connor (tied for longest winning streak in CMA Awards history)
1997 Brent Mason
1998 Brent Mason
1999 Randy Scruggs
2000 Hargus “PIG” Robbins
2001 Dann Huff
2002 Jerry Douglas
2003 Randy Scruggs
2004 Dann Huff
2005 Jerry Douglas
2006 Randy Scruggs
2007 Jerry Douglas
2008 Mac McAnally
2009 Mac McAnally
2010 Mac McAnally
2011 Mac McAnally
2012 Mac McAnally
2013 Mac McAnally (tied for longest winning streak in CMA Awards history)

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