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20th Annual CMA Awards

1986 CMA Entertainer of the Year: Reba McEntire
  • Host:Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson
  • Venue:Grand Ole Opry House
  • City:Nashville, Tenn.
  • Date:Oct. 13, 1986
  • Entertainer of the Year:Reba McEntire

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

Single of the Year

Music Video of the Year

  • George Jones and Marc Ball
    Video Title: "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes"

Nominees

Instrumental Group of the Year

  • Grand Ole Opry Staff Band
  • Hee Haw Band
  • Nashville Now Band
  • Strangers

Instrumentalist of the Year

Female Vocalist of the Year

Album of the Year

Song of the Year

  • "1982" - Buddy Blackmon and Vip Vipperman
  • "Bop" - Paul Davis and Jennifer Kimball
  • "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)" - Jamie O'Hara
  • "Lost in the Fifties Tonight" - Fred Parris, Mike Reid and Troy Seals

Single of the Year

Music Video of the Year

20th Annual CMA Awards Summary

Helmed by friends Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, the 20th annual CMA Awards show includes several memorable collaborations. Christian music singer Amy Grant joins Ricky Skaggs for "Walking in Jerusalem." Alabama's "Deep River Woman" gets some added soul from R&B star Lionel Richie. Trio singers Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt perform "Dear Companion" and Anita Pointer teams up with Earl Thomas Conley for "Too Many Times." Reba McEntire wins both the entertainer and female vocalist awards. Dan Seals and Marie Osmond are named duo of the year, and newcomer Randy Travis takes home the Horizon Award. Travis' hit "On the Other Hand" wins song of the year for writers Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz. George Strait and the Judds continue to win in the male vocalist and group of the year categories. George Jones' reflective "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes" is awarded the music video of the year. Comedian Benjamin F. Ford and legendary songplugger Wesley H. Rose are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.