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11th Annual CMA Awards

1977 CMA Entertainer of the Year: Ronnie Milsap
  • Host:Johnny Cash
  • Venue:Grand Ole Opry House
  • City:Nashville, Tenn.
  • Date:Oct. 10, 1977
  • Entertainer of the Year:Ronnie Milsap

Winners

Instrumental Group of the Year

  • Original Texas Playboys

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

  • Roger Bowling and Hal Bynum
    Song Title: "Lucille"

Single of the Year

Nominees

Vocal Group of the Year

Album of the Year

Song of the Year

  • "It Was Almost Like a Song" - Hal David and Archie Jordan
  • "Luckenbach, Texas" - Bobby Emmons and Chip Moman
  • "I'm a Stand by My Woman Man" - Kent Robbins
  • "Southern Nights" - Allen Toussaint

Single of the Year

11th Annual CMA Awards Summary

Ronnie Milsap takes home three CMA awards including entertainer, male vocalist and album of the year for Ronnie Milsap Live. Newcomer Kenny Rogers also has a big night. His song "Lucille" wins single of the year despite tough competition from classics like Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville" and Waylon Jennings' "Luckenbach, Texas." "Lucille" is also named song of the year for writers Roger Bowling and Hal Bynum. Crystal Gayle wins her first female vocalist CMA award -- beating out sister Loretta Lynn. The pairing of Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius is named duo of the year. The Statler Brothers continue their regin as vocal group while the Original Texas Playboys earn instrumental group of the year. Singer-songwriter Merle Travis is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.