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10th Annual CMA Awards

1976 CMA Entertainer of the Year: Mel Tillis
  • Host:Johnny Cash and Roy Clark
  • Venue:Grand Ole Opry House
  • City:Nashville, Tenn.
  • Date:Oct. 11, 1976
  • Entertainer of the Year:Mel Tillis

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

  • Larry Weiss
    Song Title: "Rhinestone Cowboy"

Single of the Year

Nominees

Instrumental Group of the Year

Instrumentalist of the Year

Album of the Year

Song of the Year

  • "The Door Is Always Open" - Dickey Lee and Bob McDill
  • "I'll Get Over You" - Richard Leigh
  • "Till I Can Make It on My Own" - George Richey, Billy Sherrill and Tammy Wynette
  • "The Blind Man in the Bleachers" - Sterling Whipple

Single of the Year

  • "The Door Is Always Open" - Dave & Sugar
  • "Convoy" - C. W. McCall
  • "Teddy Bear" - Red Sovine
  • "The Blind Man in the Bleachers" - Kenny Starr

10th Annual CMA Awards Summary

Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson are named vocal duo of the year and win single of the year for "Good Hearted Women." Wanted! The Outlaws earns album of the year honors for Jennings, Nelson, Tompall Glaser and Jessi Colter. Johnny Cash co-hosts the show with instrumental group of the year winner Roy Clark. Singer-songwriter Mel Tillis is crowned entertainer of the year while Dolly Parton and Ronnie Milsap win the female and male vocalist categories. Piano player Hargus "Pig" Robbins is named instrumentalist of the year, and the hit "Rhinestone Cowboy" gives writer Larry Weiss the song of the year honor. Record executive Paul Cohen and honky-tonk angel singer Kitty Wells are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.