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12th Annual CMA Awards

1978 CMA Entertainer of the Year: Dolly Parton
  • Host:Johnny Cash
  • Venue:Grand Ole Opry House
  • City:Nashville, Tenn.
  • Date:Oct. 9, 1978
  • Entertainer of the Year:Dolly Parton

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

Instrumentalist of the Year

Vocal Group of the Year

Album of the Year

Song of the Year

  • "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" - Ed Bruce and Patsy Bruce
  • "Take This Job and Shove It" - David Allan Coe
  • "It Was Almost Like a Song" - Hal David and Archie Jordan
  • "Heaven's Just a Sin Away" - Jerry Gillespie

Single of the Year

12th Annual CMA Awards Summary

For the first time, the CMA Awards show is simulcast on radio. Listeners and viewers witness Dolly Parton's first win as entertainer of the year. Crystal Gayle is once again named female vocalist of the year, and her hit single, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," gives song of the year honors to writer Richard Leigh. Crooner Don Williams wins his first male vocalist trophy, and the Oak Ridge Boys unseat the Statler Brothers as vocal group. Ronnie Milsap's record, It Was Almost Like a Song, earns the album trophy while the Kendalls' "Heaven Is Just a Sin Away" takes home single of the year. Comedian and Grand Ole Opry star Grandpa Jones is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.