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21th Annual ACM Awards

21th Annual ACM Awards
  • Host:Mac Davis, Reba McEntire, John Schneider
  • Venue:Knott's Berry Farm
  • City:Buena Park
  • Date:April 14, 1986

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

  • Judy Rodman

Top New Male Vocalist of the Year

Top Vocal Duet of the Year

Band of the Year - Non-Touring

  • Nashville Now

Band of the Year - Touring

  • Ricky Skaggs Band

Song of the Year

  • Ronnie Milsap, Llee Music (Publisher), Lodge Hall (Publisher), Fred Parris (Composer), Mike Reid (Composer), Troy Seals (Composer), Two Sons Music (Publisher) and WB Music Corp. (Publisher)
    Song Title: "Lost in the Fifties (In The Still Of The Night)"

Album of the Year

  • George Strait, George Strait (Producer), Jimmy Bowen (Producer) and MCA Records (Record Company)
    Album Title: Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind

Single Record of the Year

Country Nightclub of the Year

  • Billy Bob's - Fortworth, Texas

Disc Jockey of the Year

  • Eddie Edwards

Country Music Video of the Year

  • George Jones, Marc Bell (Director) and Kitty Moon (Producer)
    Work Title: Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes

Top Bass Player of the Year

  • Joe Osborn

Top Drummer of the Year

  • Archie Francis

Top Fiddle Player of the Year

  • Johnny Gimble

Top Keyboard Player of the Year

  • Glen Hardin

Top Steel Guitar Player of the Year

  • Buddy Emmons

Lead Guitar Player of the Year

  • James Burton

Specialty Instrument

  • James Burton
    Work Title: Dobro

Entertainer of the Year

Tex Ritter Award

  • Sweet Dreams

Radio Station of the Year

  • WAMZ - Louisville, Kentucky

Nominees

Pioneer Award

    Top Female 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

    • Laramie Station
    • Geary Hanley Band
    • Kimberly Springs
    • Sound Company
    • Tennesseans
    • Western Union
    • Rebel Playboys

    Band of the Year - Touring

    • Willie Nelson Family Band
    • Strangers
    • Exile
    • Bellamy Brothers Band
    • Gary Morris Band
    • Bama Band

    Song of the Year

    • "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On" - Mel McDaniel, Bob McDill (Composer) and Hall-Clement Publishing (Publisher)
    • "I'll Never Stop Loving You" - Gary Morris, J.D. Martin (Composer), Dave Loggins (Composer), Leeds & Patchwork Music (Publisher) and Music Corporation of America Inc. (Publisher)
    • "Seven Spanish Angels" - Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Two Sons Music (Publisher), WB Music Corp. (Publisher), Eddie Sester (Composer) and Troy Seals (Composer)
    • "Some Fools Never Learn" - Steve Wariner, J.S. Sherrill (Composer) and Sweet Baby Music (Publisher)

    Album of the Year

    • Five-O - Hank Williams Jr., Curb Records (Record Company), Warner Bros. Records (Record Company), Jimmy Bowen (Producer) and Hank Williams Jr. (Producer)
    • Forty Hour Week - Alabama, Harold Shedd (Producer), Alabama (Producer) and RCA Records (Record Company)
    • Highwayman - Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Chips Moman (Producer) and Columbia Records (Record Company)
    • Why Not Me - The Judds, Curb Records (Record Company), Brent Maher (Producer) and RCA Records (Record Company)

    Single Record of the Year

    • Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On - Mel McDaniel, Jerry Kennedy (Producer) and Capitol Records (Record Company)
    • Dixie Road - Lee Greenwood, Jerry Crutchfield (Producer) and MCA Records (Record Company)
    • I'm For Love - Hank Williams Jr., Jimmy Bowen (Producer), Hank Williams Jr. (Producer), Curb Records (Record Company) and Warner Bros. Records (Record Company)
    • Love Is Alive - The Judds, Brent Maher (Producer), RCA Records(Record Company) and Curb Records (Record Company)

    Country Nightclub of the Year

      Disc Jockey of the Year

        Country Music Video of the Year

        Top Bass Player of the Year

        • Curtis Stone
        • David Hungate
        • Red Wooten
        • Emory Gordy Jr.
        • Larry Barrickman
        • Larry Paxton

        Top Drummer of the Year

        • Steve Duncan
        • Buddy Harman
        • Bill Marshall
        • Larrie Londin
        • Mark Herndon
        • Paul Leim
        • Steve Goetzman

        Top Fiddle Player of the Year

        • Harold Hensley
        • Doug Atwell
        • Billy Armstrong
        • Mark O'Connor

        Top Keyboard Player of the Year

        • Marlin Hargus
        • David Briggs
        • John Hobbs
        • Billy Liebert

        Top Steel Guitar Player of the Year

        • Eddie Long
        • Al Vescova
        • Sonny Garrish
        • J.D. Maness
        • Paul Franklin

        Lead Guitar Player of the Year

        • Al Bruno
        • Chet Atkins
        • Danny Michaels
        • Billy Walker
        • Brent Rowan
        • Jack Daniels
        • Ray Flacke
        • Wayne Turner

        Specialty Instrument

        • Harmonica - Charlie McCoy
        • Dobro - Jerry Douglas
        • Mandolin - Ricky Skaggs
        • Banjo - Carl Jackson

        Tex Ritter Award

          Radio Station of the Year