Past Winners
Awards are presented based on success and recognition for the previous calendar year. Thus, an award given in 2001 would be referred to as a '2000 award.'

Entertainer of the Year
YearArtistYearArtistYearArtist
2000Dixie Chicks1989George Strait1978Kenny Rogers
1999Shania Twain1988Hank Williams Jr.1977Dolly Parton
1998Garth Brooks 1987Hank Williams Jr.1976Mickey Gilley
1997Garth Brooks1986Hank Williams Jr.1975Loretta
1996Brooks & Dunn1985Alabama1974Mac Davis
1995Brooks & Dunn1984Alabama1973Roy Clark
1994Reba McEntire1983Alabama1972Roy Clark
1993Garth Brooks1982Alabama1971Freddie Hart
1992Garth Brooks1981Alabama1970Merle Haggard
1991Garth Brooks1980Barbara Mandrell  
1990Garth Brooks1979Willie Nelson  


Top Male Vocalist
YearArtistYearArtistYearArtist
2000Toby Keith1988George Strait1976Mickey Gilley
1999Tim McGraw1987Randy Travis1975Conway Twitty
1998Tim McGraw1986Randy Travis1974Merle Haggard
1997George Strait1985George Strait1973Charlie Rich
1996George Strait1984George Strait1972Merle Haggard
1995Alan Jackson1983Lee Greenwood1971Freddie Hart
1994Alan Jackson1982Ronnie Milsap1970Merle Haggard
1993Vince Gill1981Merle Haggard1969Merle Haggard
1992Vince Gill1980George Jones1968Glen Campbell
1991Garth Brooks1979Larry Gatlin1967Glen Campbell
1990Garth Brooks1978Kenny Rogers1966Merle Haggard
1989Clint Black1977Kenny Rogers1965Buck Owens


Top Female Vocalist
YearArtistYearArtistYearArtist
2000Faith Hill1988K.T. Oslin1976Crystal Gayle
1999Faith Hill1987Reba McEntire1975Loretta Lynn
1998Faith Hill1986Reba McEntire1974Loretta Lynn
1997Trisha Yearwood1985Reba McEntire1973Loretta Lynn
1996Patty Loveless1984Reba McEntire1972Donna Fargo
1995Patty Loveless1983Janie Fricke1971Loretta Lynn
1994Reba McEntire1982Sylvia1970Lynn Anderson
1993Wynonna1981Barbara Mandrell1969Tammy Wynette
1992Mary Chapin Carpenter1980Dolly Parton1968Cathie Taylor
1991Reba McEntire1979Crystal Gayle1967Lynn Anderson
1990Reba McEntire1978Barbara Mandrell1966Bonnie Guitar
1989Kathy Mattea1977Crystal Gayle1965Bonnie Owens


Top Vocal Duo (Award combined with Top Vocal Group from 1997 to 1999)
YearArtistYearArtist
2000Brooks & Dunn1986The Judds
1999Dixie Chicks1985The Judds
1998Dixie Chicks1984The Judds
1997Brooks & Dunn1983Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers
1996Brooks & Dunn1982Shelly West/David Frizzell
1995Brooks & Dunn1980Shelly West/David Frizzell
1994Brooks & Dunn1979Joe Stampley/Moe Bandy
1993Brooks & Dunn1978Conway Twitty/Loretta Lynn
1992Brooks & Dunn1976Conway Twitty/Loretta Lynn
1991Brooks & Dunn1974Conway Twitty/Loretta Lynn
1990The Judds1971Conway Twitty/Loretta Lynn
1989The Judds1968Merle Haggard/Bonnie Owens; Johnny Mosby/Jonie Mosby
1988The Judds1967Merle Haggard/Bonnie Owens
1987The Judds1965Merle Haggard/Bonnie Owens


Top Vocal Group (Award combined with Top Vocal Duo from 1997 to 1999)
YearArtistYearArtistYearArtist
2000Dixie Chicks1989Restless Heart1981Alabama
1996Sawyer Brown1988Highway 1011978Oak Ridge Boys
1995The Mavericks1987Highway 1011977Statler Brothers
1994The Mavericks1986Forester Sisters1973Brush Arbor
1993Little Texas1985Alabama1972Statler Brothers
1992Diamond Rio1984Alabama1970Kimberleys
1991Diamond Rio1983Alabama1969Kimberleys
1990Shenandoah1982Alabama1967Sons of the Pioneers


Top New Female Vocalist
YearArtistYearArtistYearArtist
2000Jamie O'Neal1988Suzy Bogguss1976Billie Jo Spears
1999Jessica Andrews1987K.T. Oslin1975Crystal Gayle
1998Jo Dee Messina1986Holly Dunn1974Linda Ronstadt
1997Lee Ann Womack1985Judy Rodman1973Olivia Newton-John
1996LeAnn Rimes1984Nicolette Larson1972Tanya Tucker
1995Shania Twain1983Chely Wright1971Barbara Mandrell
1994Chely Wright1982Karen Brooks1970Sammi Smith
1993Faith Hill1981Juice Newton1969Donna Fargo
1992Michelle Wright1980Teri Gibbs1968Cheryl Poole
1991Trisha Yearwood1979Lacy J. Dalton1967Bobbie Gentry
1990Shelby Lynne1978Christy Lane1966Cathie Taylor
1989Mary Chapin Carpenter1977Debby Boone1965Kaye Adams


Top New Male Vocalist
YearArtistYearArtistYearArtist
2000Keith Urban1988Rodney Crowell1976Moe Bandy
1999Brad Paisley1987Ricky Van Shelton1975Freddy Fender
1998Mark Wills1986Dwight Yoakam1974Mickey Gilley
1997Kenny Chesney1985Randy Travis1973Dorsey Burnette
1996Trace Adkins1984Vince Gill1972Johnny Rodriguez
1995Bryan White1983Jim Glaser1971Tony Booth
1994Tim McGraw1982Michael Martin Murphey1970Buddy Alan
1993John Michael Montgomery1981Ricky Skaggs1969Freddy Weller
1992Tracy Lawrence1980Johnny Lee1968Ray Sanders
1991Billy Dean1979R.C. Bannon1967Jerry Inman
1990Alan Jackson1978John Conlee1966Billy Mize
1989Clint Black1977Eddie Rabbitt1965Merle Haggard


Top New Vocal Duo or Group (Award first presented in 1990)
YearArtistYearArtistYearArtist
2000Rascal Flatts1996Ricochet1992Confederate Railroad
1999Montgomery Gentry1995Lonestar1991Brooks & Dunn
1998Dixie Chicks1994The Mavericks1990Pirates of the Mississippi
1997The Kinleys1993Gibson Miller Band1989Kentucky HeadHunters


Album of the Year
YearAlbum TitleArtist(s)
2000How Do You Like Me Now?Toby Keith
1999FlyDixie Chicks
1998Wide Open SpacesDixie Chicks
1997Carrying Your Love With MeGeorge Strait
1996Blue Clear SkyGeorge Strait
1995The Woman in MeShania Twain
1994Not a Moment Too SoonTim McGraw
1993A Lot About Livin'Alan Jackson
1992Brand New ManBrooks & Dunn
1991Don't Rock the JukeboxAlan Jackson
1990No FencesGarth Brooks
1989Killin' TimeClint Black
1988This WomanK.T. Oslin
1987TrioDolly Parton/Emmylou Harris/Linda Ronstadt
1986Storms of LifeRandy Travis
1985Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your MindGeorge Strait
1984Roll OnAlabama
1983The Closer You GetAlabama
1982Always on My MindWillie Nelson
1981Feels So RightAlabama
1980Urban Cowboy - Movie SoundtrackVarious Artists
1979Straight AheadLarry Gatlin
1978Y'all Come Back SaloonOak Ridge Boys
1977Kenny RogersKenny Rogers
1976Gilley's SmokingMickey Gilley
1975FeelingsLoretta Lynn/Conway Twitty
1974Back Home AgainJohn Denver
1973Behind Closed DoorsCharlie Rich
1972Happiest GirlDonna Fargo
1971Easy Lovin'Freddie Hart
1970For the Good TimesRay Price
1969Okie From MuskogeeMerle Haggard
1968Glen Campbell & Bobbie GentryGlen Campbell/Bobbie Gentry
1967Gentle on My MindGlen Campbell


Video of the Year
YearSong TitleArtist(s)
2000"Goodbye Earl"Dixie Chicks
1999"Breathe"Faith Hill
1998"This Kiss"Faith Hill
1997"It's Your Love"Tim McGraw/Faith Hill
1996"I Think About You"Collin Raye
1995"The Car"Jeff Carson
1994"The Red Strokes"Garth Brooks
1993"We Shall Be Free"Garth Brooks
1992"Two Sparrows in a Hurricane"Tanya Tucker
1991"Is There Life Out There?"Reba McEntire
1990"The Dance"Garth Brooks
1989"There's a Tear in My Beer"Hank Williams/Hank Williams Jr.
1988"Young Country"Hank Williams Jr.
1987"80's Ladies"K.T. Oslin
1986"Whoever's in New England"Reba McEntire
1985"All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight"Hank Williams Jr.


Song of the Year
YearSong TitlePerformer(s)Songwriter(s)
2000"I Hope You Dance"Lee Ann Womack/Sons of the DesertMark D. Sanders/Tia Sellers
1999"Amazed"LonestarMarv Green/Aimee Mayo
1998"Holes in the Floor of Heaven"Steve WarinerSteve Wariner/Billy Kirsch
1997"It's Your Love"Tim McGraw/Faith HillStephony Smith
1996"Blue"LeAnn RimesBill Mack
1995"The Keeper of the Stars"Tracy ByrdDickey Lee/Karen Staley/Danny Mayo
1994"I Swear"John Michael MontgomeryGary Baker/Frank Myers
1993"I Love the Way You Love Me"John Michael MontgomeryVictoria Shaw/Chuck Cannon
1992"I Still Believe in You"Vince GillVince Gill/John Barlow Jarvis
1991"Somewhere in My Broken Heart"Billy DeanBilly Dean/Richard Leigh
1990"The Dance"Garth BrooksTony Arata
1989"Where've You Been"Kathy MatteaJon Vezner/Don Henry
1988"Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses"Kathy MatteaCharles Nelson/Paul Nelson
1987"Forever and Ever, Amen"Randy TravisPaul Overstreet/Don Schlitz
1986"On the Other Hand"Randy TravisPaul Overstreet/Don Schlitz
1985"Lost in the Fifties"Ronnie MilsapFredericke Darris/Michael Reid/Troy Seals
1984"Why Not Me"The JuddsHarlan Howard/Brent Maher/Sonny Throckmorton
1983"The Wind Beneath My Wings"Gary MorrisLarry Henley/Jeff Silbar
1982"Are the Good Times Really Over"Merle HaggardMerle Haggard
1981"You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma"David Frizzell/Shelly WestBoudleaux Bryant/Felice Bryant/Larry Collins/James Pinkard
1980"He Stopped Loving Her Today"George JonesBobby Braddock/Curly Putman
1979"It's a Cheatin' Situation"Moe BandySonny Throckmorton/Curly Putman
1978"You Needed Me"Anne MurrayRandy Goodrum
1977"Lucille"Kenny RogersRoger Bowling/Hal Bynum
1976"Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time"Mickey GilleyBaker Knight
1975"Rhinestone Cowboy"Glen CampbellLarry Weiss
1974"Country Bumpkin"Cal SmithDon Wayne
1973"Behind Closed Doors"Charlie RichKenny O'Dell
1972"The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A."Donna FargoYvonne Silver
1971"Easy Lovin'"Freddie HartFreddie Hart
1970"For the Good Times"Ray PriceKris Kristofferson


Single of the Year
YearSong TitleArtist(s)
2000"I Hope You Dance"Lee Ann Womack/Sons of the Desert
1999"Amazed"Lonestar
1998"This Kiss"Faith Hill
1997"It's Your Love"Tim McGraw/Faith Hill
1996"Blue"LeAnn Rimes
1995"Check Yes or No"George Strait
1994"I Swear"John Michael Montgomery
1993"Chattahoochee"Alan Jackson
1992"Boot Scootin' Boogie"Brooks & Dunn
1991"Don't Rock the Jukebox"Alan Jackson
1990"Friends in Low Places"Garth Brooks
1989"A Better Man"Clint Black
1988"Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses"Kathy Mattea
1987"Forever and Ever, Amen"Randy Travis
1986"On the Other Hand"Randy Travis
1985"Highwayman"Willie Nelson/Waylon Jennings/Johnny Cash/Kris Kristofferson
1984"To All the Girls I've Loved Before"Willie Nelson/Julio Iglesias
1983"Islands in the Stream"Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton
1982"Always on My Mind"Willie Nelson
1981"Elvira"Oak Ridge Boys
1980"He Stopped Loving Her Today"George Jones
1979"All the Gold in California"Larry Gatlin
1978"Tulsa Time"Don Williams
1977"Lucille"Kenny Rogers
1976"Bring It on Home"Mickey Gilley
1975"Rhinestone Cowboy"Glen Campbell
1974"Country Bumpkin"Cal Smith
1973"Behind Closed Doors"Charlie Rich
1972"Happiest Girl"Donna Fargo
1971"Easy Lovin'"Freddie Hart
1970"For the Good Times"Ray Price
1969"Okie From Muskogee"Merle Haggard
1968"Little Green Apples"Roger Miller


Vocal Event of the Year (Award first presented in 1997)
YearSong TitleArtist(s)
2000"I Hope You Dance"Lee Ann Womack/Sons of the Desert
1999"When I Said I Do"Clint Black/Lisa Hartman Black
1998"Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me"Faith Hill/Tim McGraw
1997"It's Your Love"Tim McGraw/Faith Hill