CMTCMT.com Home

CMA Awards  Archive 1975

9th Annual CMA Awards

1975 CMA Entertainer of the Year: John Denver
  • Host:Charley Pride and Glen Campbell
  • Venue:Grand Ole Opry House
  • City:Nashville, Tenn.
  • Date:Oct. 13, 1975
  • Entertainer of the Year:John Denver

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

Album of the Year

Song of the Year

  • "Hey Won't You Play Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" - Larry Butler and Chip Moman
  • "I'm Not Lisa" - Jessi Colter
  • "Rainy Day Woman" - Waylon Jennings
  • "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" - Vivian Keith and Ben Peters

Single of the Year

9th Annual CMA Awards Summary

One of the most controversial moments in CMA history happens during this live broadcast. The reigning entertainer of the year, Charlie Rich, is presenting the award for that same category. But instead of announcing John Denver as the winner, Rich sets fire to the card in disgust. Denver is in Australia at the time and accepts the award via satellite. Denver's self-penned "Back Home Again" is named song of the year, and Freddy Fender's hit, "Before the Next Teardrop Falls," earns single of the year honors. Waylon Jennings' nod as male vocalist cements mainstream country's acceptance of the Outlaw movement, and Dolly Parton wins her first solo CMA award (without Porter Wagoner) as female vocalist of the year. Ronnie Milsap's A Legend in My Time receives the album of the year nod, while the combination of Roy Clark and Buck Trent secure the instrumental group award. Fiddler and mandolinist Johnny Gimble wins his first instrumentalist of the year honor. Comedienne and beloved Grand Ole Opry star, Minnie Pearl, is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.