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15th Annual CMA Awards

1981 CMA Entertainer of the Year: Barbara Mandrell
  • Host:Barbara Mandrell and Mac Davis
  • Venue:Grand Ole Opry House
  • City:Nashville, Tenn.
  • Date:Oct. 12, 1981
  • 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

Horizon Award

Vocal Group of the Year

Vocal Duo of the Year

Album of the Year

Song of the Year

  • Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman
    Song Title: "He Stopped Loving Her Today"

Single of the Year

Nominees

Instrumental Group of the Year

Female Vocalist of the Year

Album of the Year

Song of the Year

Single of the Year

15th Annual CMA Awards Summary

Barbara Mandrell is the belle of the ball -- winning both the female vocalist award and her second entertainer of the year trophy. She also co-hosts the show with singer and actor Mac Davis. George Jones retains his male vocalist title, and "He Stopped Loving Her Today" wins its second song of the year award, too. The new band, Alabama, is named instrumental group and vocal group of the year, while Country Music Hall of Famer Chet Atkins is named instrumentalist. Singers David Frizzell and Shelly West earn the duo nod, and Don Williams' record, I Believe in You, is named album of the year. This is also the first year for the Horizon Award, recognizing emerging talent in country music, and the inaugural honor goes to singer Terri Gibbs. The crossover hit "Elvira" gives the Oak Ridge Boys their first single of the year award. Singer Vernon Dalhart and Grand Ole Opry announcer Grant Turner are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.