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15th Annual ACM Awards

15th Annual ACM Awards
  • Host:Loretta Lynn, Charlie Pride, Claude Akins
  • Venue:Knott's Berry Farm
  • City:Buena Park
  • Date:May 1, 1980

Winners

Pioneer Award

Jim Reeves Memorial Award

  • Bill Ward

Top Female Vocalist of the Year

Top Male Vocalist of the Year

Top Vocal Group

    Top New Female Vocalist of the Year

    • Lacy J. Dalton

    Top New Male Vocalist of the Year

    • R.C. Bannon

    Band of the Year - Non-Touring

    • Midnight Riders

    Band of the Year - Touring

    Song of the Year

    • Moe Bandy
      Song Title: "It's A Cheatin' Situation"

    Album of the Year

    Single Record of the Year

    Country Nightclub of the Year

    • Palomino - North Hollywood, California

    Disc Jockey of the Year

    • King Edward IV

    Top Bass Player of the Year

    • Billy Graham

    Top Drummer of the Year

    • Archie Francis

    Top Fiddle Player of the Year

    • Johnny Gimble

    Top Keyboard Player of the Year

    • Hargus "Pig" Robbins

    Top Steel Guitar Player of the Year

    • Buddy Emmons

    Lead Guitar Player of the Year

    • James Burton

    Specialty Instrument

    • Charlie McCoy
      Work Title: Harmonica

    Entertainer of the Year

    Radio Station

    • KFDI - Wichita, Kansas

    Country Music Movie of the Year

    • Concrete Cowboy

    Nominees

    Pioneer Award

      Jim Reeves Memorial Award

        Top Female Vocalist of the Year

        Top Male Vocalist of the Year

        Top Vocal Group

        Top New Female Vocalist of the Year

        Top New Male Vocalist of the Year

        Band of the Year - Non-Touring

        • Rebel Playboys
        • New Country
        • Country Sunshine
        • Palomino Riders
        • Sound Company

        Band of the Year - Touring

        • Original Texas Playboys
        • Waylors
        • Asleep at the Wheel
        • Oak Ridge Boys Band

        Song of the Year

        Album of the Year

        Single Record of the Year

        Country Nightclub of the Year

          Disc Jockey of the Year

            Top Bass Player of the Year

            • Jerry Johnson
            • Steve Wariner
            • Curtis Stone
            • Tony Booth

            Top Drummer of the Year

            • Richie Albright
            • Judy Lee
            • George Manz
            • Larrie Londin

            Top Fiddle Player of the Year

            • Byron Berline
            • Doug Atwell
            • Gordon Terry
            • Harold Hensley

            Top Keyboard Player of the Year

            • Glen Hardin
            • Danny Stonestreet
            • John Hoobs
            • Jimmy Pruett

            Top Steel Guitar Player of the Year

            • Joel Ferguson
            • J.D. Maness
            • Pete Grant
            • Ralph Mooney

            Lead Guitar Player of the Year

            • Al Bruno
            • Billy Walker
            • Dan Miller
            • Jack Daniels

            Specialty Instrument

            • Banjo - Smokey Rogers
            • Trumpet - Danny Davis
            • Banjo - John Hartford
            • Lap Steel - Jerry Johnson

            Radio Station

              Country Music Movie of the Year

              • Electric Horseman
              • Elvis
              • Living Legend