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20th Annual ACM Awards

20th Annual ACM Awards
  • Host:Glen Campbell, Janie Frickie, Loretta Lynn
  • Venue:Knott's Berry Farm
  • City:Buena Park
  • Date:May 6, 1985

Winners

Pioneer Award

Top Female Vocalist of the Year

Top Male Vocalist of the Year

Top Vocal Group

Top New Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Nicolette Larson

Top New Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Vince Gill

Top Vocal Duet of the Year

Band of the Year - Non-Touring

  • Tennesseans

Band of the Year - Touring

  • Ricky Skaggs Band

Song of the Year

  • The Judds, Welbeck Music (Publisher), Tree Publishing (Publisher), Blue Quill Music (Publisher), Cross Keys Music (Publisher), Sonny Trockmorton (Composer), Brent Maher (Composer) and Harlan Howard (Composer)
    Song Title: "Why Not Me"

Album of the Year

  • Alabama, Alabama (Producer), Harold Shedd (Producer) and RCA Records (Record Company)
    Album Title: Roll On

Single Record of the Year

  • Julio Iglesias, Willie Nelson, Richard Perry (Producer) and Columbia Records (Record Company)
    Work Title: To All The Girls I've Loved Before

Country Nightclub of the Year

  • Gilley's - Pasadena, Texas

Disc Jockey of the Year (Large Market)

  • Coyote Calhoun

Disc Jockey of the Year (Medium Market)

  • Billy Parker

Disc Jockey of the Year (Small Market)

  • Dan Hollander

Country Music Video of the Year

  • Hank Williams Jr. and John Goodhugh (Director)
    Work Title: All My Rowdy Friends Are Comin' Over Tonight

Top Bass Player of the Year

  • Joe Osborn

Top Drummer of the Year

  • Larrie Londin

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

  • Ricky Skaggs
    Work Title: Mandolin

Entertainer of the Year

Tex Ritter Award

  • Songwriter

Radio Station of the Year (Large Market)

  • WMC - Memphis, Tennessee

Radio Station of the Year (Medium Market)

  • KVOO - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Radio Station of the Year (Small Market)

  • WLWI - Montgomery, Alabama

Nominees

Pioneer 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

    • Bill Medley
    • Llyod David Foster
    • Keith Stegall
    • Dan Seals

    Top Vocal Duet of the Year

    Band of the Year - Non-Touring

    • Beech Creek Band
    • Laramie Station
    • Palomino Riders
    • Western Union
    • Rebel Playboys

    Band of the Year - Touring

    • Willie Nelson Family Band
    • Strangers
    • Exile
    • Farewell Party Band
    • Alabama

    Song of the Year

    • "I've Been Around Enough To Know" - John Schneider, Bob McDill (Composer), Dickey Lee (Composer) and Hall-Clement Publishing (Publisher)
    • "Second Hand Heart" - Gary Morris, Craig Karp (Composer), Harold Tipton (Composer), Mark Gray (Composer), Daticabo Publishers (Publisher), Irving Music (Publisher) and Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (Publisher)
    • "To All The Girls I've Loved Before" - Julio Iglesias, Willie Nelson, Casa David Music (Publisher), April Music (Publisher), Albert Hammond (Composer) and Hal David (Composer)
    • "When We Make Love" - Alabama, Mentor Williams (Composer), Troy Seals (Composer), Third Son Music (Publisher), Two Sons Music (Publisher), WB Music Corp. (Publisher) and Welbeck Music (Publisher)

    Album of the Year

    • Right Or Wrong - George Strait, MCA Records (Record Company) and Ray Baker (Producer)
    • Man Of Steel - Hank Williams Jr., Jimmy Bowen (Producer), Curb Records (Record Company) and Warner Bros. Records (Record Company)
    • Don't Make It Easy On Me - Earl Thomas Conley, Nelson Larkin (Producer) and RCA Records (Record Company)
    • Don't Cheat in Our Hometown - Ricky Skaggs, Epic Records (Record Company), Ricky Skaggs (Producer) and Sugarhill (Record Company)

    Single Record of the Year

    • I Don't Know A Thing About Love - Conway Twitty, Jimmy Bowen (Producer) and Warner Bros. Records (Record Company)
    • I've Been Around Enough To Know - John Schneider, Jimmy Bowen (Producer) and MCA Records (Record Company)
    • When We Make Love - Alabama, Harold Shedd (Producer) and RCA Records (Record Company)
    • Why Not Me - The Judds, Brent Maher (Producer), RCA Records(Record Company) and Curb Records (Record Company)

    Country Nightclub of the Year

      Disc Jockey of the Year (Large Market)

        Disc Jockey of the Year (Medium Market)

          Disc Jockey of the Year (Small Market)

            Country Music Video of the Year

            • America - Waylon Jennings and David Hogan (Director)
            • Mama He's Crazy - The Judds and David Hogan (Director)
            • Second Hand Heart - Gary Morris and Mark Rezyka (Director)
            • The Left Side Of The Bed - Mark Gray and Paul Flattery (Director)
            • What She Wants - Michael Martin Murphey and Daivd Hogan (Director)

            Top Bass Player of the Year

            • Curtis Stone
            • Don Felts
            • Red Wooten
            • Mike Leech

            Top Drummer of the Year

            • Steve Duncan
            • Archie Francis
            • Buddy Harman
            • Jerry Carrigan

            Top Fiddle Player of the Year

            • Harold Hensley
            • Doug Atwell
            • Billy Armstrong
            • Buddy Spicher
            • Byron Berline

            Top Keyboard Player of the Year

            • Glen Hardin
            • David Briggs
            • John Hobbs
            • Flyod Cramer

            Top Steel Guitar Player of the Year

            • Weldon Myrick
            • Al Vescova
            • Sonny Garrish
            • J.D. Maness

            Lead Guitar Player of the Year

            • Al Bruno
            • Chet Atkins
            • Danny Michaels
            • Johnny Blankenship

            Specialty Instrument

            • Harmonica - Charlie McCoy
            • Dobro - Jerry Douglas
            • Banjo - Larry McNeely
            • Harmonica - Terry McMillan

            Tex Ritter Award

            • Rhinestone
            • The Baron And The Kid
            • The Bear
            • The River Rat

            Radio Station of the Year (Large Market)

              Radio Station of the Year (Medium Market)

                Radio Station of the Year (Small Market)