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31st Annual CMA Awards

1997 CMA Entertainer of the Year: Garth Brooks
  • Host:Vince Gill
  • Venue:Grand Ole Opry House
  • City:Nashville, Tenn.
  • Date:Sept. 24, 1997
  • Entertainer of the Year:Garth Brooks

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

  • Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison
    Song Title: "Strawberrry Wine"

Single of the Year

Musician of the Year

Music Video of the Year

Nominees

Male Vocalist of the Year

Female Vocalist of the Year

Vocal Group of the Year

Vocal Duo of the Year

Vocal Event of the Year

Album of the Year

Song of the Year

  • "Time Marches On" - Bobby Braddock
  • "Butterfly Kisses" - Bob Carlisle and Randy Thomas
  • "All the Good Ones Are Gone" - Dean Dillon and Bob McDill
  • "Blue" - Bill Mack

Single of the Year

Musician of the Year

Music Video of the Year

  • "Every Light in the House Is On" - Trace Adkins and Michael Merriman
  • "Strawberry Wine" - Deana Carter and Roger Pistole
  • "It's Your Love" - Tim McGraw and Sherman Halsey
  • "All the Good Ones Are Gone" - Pam Tillis and Steven Goldmann

31st Annual CMA Awards Summary

Garth Brooks regains the title of entertainer of the year, and his future wife, Trisha Yearwood, earns her first female vocalist award. George Strait wins male vocalist, and his Carrying Your Love With Me takes the album of the year honor. Deana Carter's hit "Strawberry Wine" is named single of the year and gives writers Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison the song of the year award. A teenage LeAnn Rimes wins the Horizon Award, while Diamond Rio and Brooks & Dunn collect more vocal group and vocal duo awards. Tim McGraw's duet, "It's Your Love," with wife Faith Hill wins the couple their first CMA award for vocal event. During the show, Shania Twain makes her first public performance of her new single, "Love Gets Me Everytime." Stars Clint Black and Martina McBride perform their duet "Still Holdin' On," and rock star Sting joins Toby Keith on "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying." Hit songwriters Harlan Howard and Cindy Walker join crossover sensation Brenda Lee as this year's Country Music Hall of Fame inductees.