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14th Annual CMA Awards

1980 CMA Entertainer of the Year: Barbara Mandrell
  • Host:Barbara Mandrell and Mac Davis
  • Venue:Grand Ole Opry House
  • City:Nashville, Tenn.
  • Date:Oct. 13, 1980
  • Entertainer of the Year:Barbara Mandrell

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

  • Beverly D'Angelo, Levon Helm and Sissy Spacek
    Album Title: Coal Miner's Daughter

Song of the Year

Single of the Year

Nominees

Instrumentalist of the Year

Album of the Year

Song of the Year

  • "Coward of the County" - Roger Bowling and Billy Edd Wheeler
  • "In America" - John Thomas Crain, Charlie Daniels, William Joe DiGregorio, Fred Edwards, Charles Hayward and James Marshall
  • "You Decorated My Life" - Debbie Hupp and Bob Morrison
  • "Good Ole Boys Like Me" - Bob McDill

Single of the Year

14th Annual CMA Awards Summary

One of the most recognizable voices in all music, George Jones, wins his first male vocalist award. His classic hit, "He Stopped Loving Her Today," is named single of the year and gives writers Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman the song of the year trophy. Newcomer Emmylou Harris takes home her first female vocalist award, and the duo of the year trophy gives Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley their first CMA awards, too. The soundtrack to the Loretta Lynn biopic, Coal Miner's Daughter, is named album of the year, and co-host of the show Barbara Mandrell wins her first entertainer of the year award. Radio broadcaster Connie B. Gay is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame along with country legend Johnny Cash and the hit-making Western swing group, Original Sons of the Pioneers.