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16th Annual ACM Awards

16th Annual ACM Awards
  • Host:Larry Gatlin, Tammy Wynette, Con Meredith
  • Venue:Shrine Auditorium
  • City:Hollywood
  • Date:April 30, 1981

Winners

Pioneer Award

Jim Reeves Memorial Award

  • Ken Kragen

Gene Weed Special Achievement Award

Top Female Vocalist of the Year

Top Male Vocalist of the Year

Top Vocal Group

Top New Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Terri Gibbs

Top New Male Vocalist of the Year

Top Vocal Duet of the Year

Band of the Year - Non-Touring

  • Palomino Riders

Band of the Year - Touring

Song of the Year

  • George Jones, Bobby Braddock (Composer), Curly Putman (Composer) and Tree Publishing (Publisher)
    Song Title: "He Stopped Loving Her Today"

Album of the Year

  • Full Moon/Asylum (Record Company) and Irving Azoff (Producer)
    Album Title: Urban Cowboy

Single Record of the Year

Country Nightclub of the Year

  • Palomino - North Hollywood, California
  • Gilley's - Pasadena, Texas

Disc Jockey of the Year

  • Sammy Jackson

Top Bass Player of the Year

  • Curtis Stone

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

  • J.D. Maness and Buddy Emmons

Lead Guitar Player of the Year

  • Al Bruno

Specialty Instrument

  • Charlie McCoy
    Work Title: Harmonica

Entertainer of the Year

Radio Station

  • KLAC - Los Angeles

Country Music Movie of the Year

  • Bernard Schwartz
    Work Title: Coal Miner's Daughter

Nominees

Pioneer Award

    Jim Reeves Memorial Award

      Gene Weed Special Achievement Award

        Top Male Vocalist of the Year

        Top New Female Vocalist of the Year

        Top New Male Vocalist of the Year

        Band of the Year - Non-Touring

        • Desperados
        • New Country
        • Country Sunshine
        • Electric Cowboy Band

        Band of the Year - Touring

        • Buckaroos
        • Waylors
        • Strangers
        • The Dalton Gang

        Song of the Year

        • "I Believe In You" - Don Williams, Cookhouse Music (Publisher), Roger Cook (Composer) and Sam Hogin (Composer)
        • "Lady" - Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie Jr. (Composer) and Brockman Music (Publisher)
        • "Looking For Love" - Johnny Lee, Bob Morrison (Composer), Patti Ryan (Composer), Southern Nights Music (Publisher) and Wanda Mallett (Composer)
        • "Nine To Five" - Dolly Parton, Dolly Parton (Composer), Fox Fanfare (Publisher) and Velvet Apple Music (Publisher)

        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

            • Bob Moore
            • Joe Osborn
            • Red Wooten
            • Billy Graham

            Top Drummer of the Year

            • Richie Albright
            • Buddy Harman
            • George Manz
            • Kenny Malone

            Top Fiddle Player of the Year

            • Charlie Daniels
            • Doug Atwell
            • Tommy Jackson
            • Harold Hensley

            Top Keyboard Player of the Year

            • Glen Hardin
            • Floyd Cramer
            • John Hoobs
            • Kim Beck
            • Morgan Stoddard
            • Ron Oates

            Top Steel Guitar Player of the Year

            • Llyod Green
            • Johnny Davis
            • Ralph Mooney
            • Al Vescova

            Lead Guitar Player of the Year

            • Johnny Blankenship
            • James Burton
            • Reggie Young
            • Thumbs Carlisle

            Specialty Instrument

            • Accordian - Billy Liebert
            • Harmonica - Carl Walden
            • Banjo - Larry McNeely
            • Banjo - Lee Feltner

            Radio Station

              Country Music Movie of the Year

              • Nine To Five - Bruce Gilbert
              • Honeysuckle Rose - Gene Taft
              • Urban Cowboy - Irving Azoff and Robert Evans
              • The Gambler - Ken Kragen