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23rd Annual CMA Awards

1989 CMA Entertainer of the Year: George Strait
  • Host:Anne Murray and Kenny Rogers
  • Venue:Grand Ole Opry House
  • City:Nashville, Tenn.
  • Date:Oct. 9, 1989
  • Entertainer of the Year:George Strait

Winners

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

Vocal Event of the Year

Album of the Year

Song of the Year

Single of the Year

Musician of the Year

Music Video of the Year

Nominees

Album of the Year

Song of the Year

  • "A Better Man" - Clint Black and Hayden Nicholas
  • "After All This Time" - Rodney Crowell
  • "Don't Close Your Eyes" - Bob McDill
  • "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses" - Gene Nelson and Paul Nelson

Single of the Year

Musician of the Year

Music Video of the Year

23rd Annual CMA Awards Summary

Anne Murray and Kenny Rogers co-host the night which contains several musical highlights. Dolly Parton wows the crowd with "He's Alive," backed by a 100-member choir. Legends like Roy Acuff and new acts like John Hiatt join the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band during their performance of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken." The record of the same name wins the album of the year slot. Texan George Strait ends Hank Williams Jr.'s entertainer of the year reign, but Williams' "There's a Tear in My Beer" duet with his late father wins vocal event and the new music video of the year award. Ricky Van Shelton and Kathy Mattea earn the male and female vocalist awards, respectively. Vern Gosdin's now classic "Chiseled in Stone" wins song of the year for him and co-writer Max D. Barnes. Keith Whitley's "I'm No Stranger to the Rain" earns single of the year honors. The Judds continue to dominate the vocal duo category, and newcomer Clint Black snags the Horizon Award. Radio programmer and CMA award founder Jack Stapp joins entertainers Cliffie Stone and Hank Thompson as the newest inductees of the Country Music Hall of Fame.