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8th Annual CMA Awards

1974 CMA Entertainer of the Year: Charlie Rich
  • Host:Johnny Cash
  • Venue:Grand Ole Opry House
  • City:Nashville, Tenn.
  • Date:Oct. 14, 1974
  • Entertainer of the Year:Charlie Rich

Winners

Instrumental Group of the Year

Instrumentalist of the Year

Entertainer of the Year

Male Vocalist of the Year

Female Vocalist of the Year

Vocal Group of the Year

Vocal Duo of the Year

Album of the Year

Song of the Year

Single of the Year

    Nominees

    Instrumental Group of the Year

    Instrumentalist of the Year

    Female Vocalist of the Year

    Vocal Group of the Year

    Album of the Year

    Song of the Year

    Single of the Year

    8th Annual CMA Awards Summary

    In its eighth year, the CMA moves to the new home of the Grand Ole Opry. Charlie Rich remains the entertainer of the year, and his record, A Very Special Love Song is named album of the year. "Country Bumpkin" wins writer Don Wayne song the year honors and is also named single of the year for Cal Smith. Newcomer Ronnie Milsap is named male vocalist, but it is Olivia Newton-John's win in the female vocalist category that is the night's big story. The pop-singer beats out country's leading women like Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Tanya Tucker. Lynn doesn't go home empty-handed though and snags her third vocal duo award with the help of Conway Twitty. The Statler Brothers and Danny Davis & the Nashville Brass continue their winning streaks, while Buckaroo guitarist Don Rich (who died months earlier in a motorcycle crash) is awarded instrumentalist of the year posthumously. Producer Owen Bradley, who is credited with developing the Nashville Sound, is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame along with singer-songwriter Frank "Pee Wee" King.