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30th Annual CMA Awards

1996 CMA Entertainers of the Year: Brooks & Dunn
  • Host:Vince Gill
  • Venue:Grand Ole Opry House
  • City:Nashville, Tenn.
  • Date:Oct. 2, 1996
  • Entertainer of the Year:Brooks & Dunn

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

  • Vince Gill
    Song Title: "Go Rest High on That Mountain"

Single of the Year

Musician of the Year

Music Video of the Year

  • Junior Brown and Michael McNamara
    Video Title: "My Wife Thinks You're Dead"

Nominees

Male Vocalist of the Year

Female Vocalist of the Year

Vocal Group 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

30th Annual CMA Awards Summary

Hosted by Vince Gill, the show opens with newcomer LeAnn Rimes performing her hit, "Blue." Brooks & Dunn become the first duo in history to win entertainer of the year honors. George Strait reclaims his male vocalist award title after a 10-year hiatus from the category. Strait's Blue Clear Sky also wins album of the year and his hit, "Check Yes or No," earns single of the year. Gill's collaboration with Dolly Parton on her classic "I Will Always Love You" takes home the vocal event honor, and his self-penned "Go Rest High on That Mountain" gets the song of the year award. Newcomer Bryan White receives the Horizon Award, and Patty Loveless earns her first female vocalist award. Junior Brown's humorous "My Wife Thinks You're Dead" takes the music video of the year award. The Country Music Hall of Fame welcomes singers Patsy Montana, Ray Price and Buck Owens.