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Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year

Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year
CountryUnited States
Presented byCountry Music Association
First awarded1967
Currently held byMaren Morris (2019)

The following list shows the recipients for the Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year. George Strait has won the most awards. Other artists with multiple wins are Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Charlie Rich, Ronnie Milsap, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and Chris Stapleton.[1]


Two-time winner Eric Church
2014 and 2010 winner Miranda Lambert
2015 and 2017 winner Chris Stapleton
2009 honoree Taylor Swift has also won Entertainer of the Year twice.
2006 winner Brad Paisley.
Dixie Chicks are the only female group win Album of the Year
Five-time Album of the Year honoree George Strait
1984 winner Anne Murray is the inaugural solo female and only non-American recipient.
1976 and 1982 recipient Willie Nelson
Eleven-time nominee and two-time winner Merle Haggard.
Inaugural recipient Jack Greene also won Male VocalistSingle of the Year awards at the 1967 ceremony.
Year Winner Artist Nominees
2019 Blue ribbon Girl Maren Morris
2018[2] Blue ribbon Golden Hour Kacey Musgraves
2017 Blue ribbon From A Room: Volume 1 Chris Stapleton
2016 Blue ribbon Mr. Misunderstood Eric Church
2015 Blue ribbon Traveller Chris Stapleton
2014 Blue ribbon Platinum Miranda Lambert
2013 Blue ribbon Based on a True Story... Blake Shelton
2012 Blue ribbon Chief Eric Church
2011 Blue ribbon My Kinda Party Jason Aldean
2010 Blue ribbon Revolution Miranda Lambert
2009 Blue ribbon Fearless Taylor Swift
2008 Blue ribbon Troubadour George Strait
2007 Blue ribbon It Just Comes Natural George Strait
2006 Blue ribbon Time Well Wasted Brad Paisley
2005 Blue ribbon There's More Where That Came From Lee Ann Womack
2004 Blue ribbon When the Sun Goes Down Kenny Chesney
2003 Blue ribbon American IV: The Man Comes Around Johnny Cash
2002 Blue ribbon Drive Alan Jackson
2001 Blue ribbon O Brother, Where Art Thou? Various Artists[A]
2000 Blue ribbon Fly Dixie Chicks
1999 Blue ribbon A Place in the Sun Tim McGraw
1998 Blue ribbon Everywhere Tim McGraw
1997 Blue ribbon Carrying Your Love with Me George Strait
1996 Blue ribbon Blue Clear Sky George Strait
1995 Blue ribbon When Fallen Angels Fly Patty Loveless
1994 Blue ribbon Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles Various Artists[B]
1993 Blue ribbon I Still Believe in You Vince Gill
1992 Blue ribbon Ropin' the Wind Garth Brooks
1991 Blue ribbon No Fences Garth Brooks
1990 Blue ribbon Pickin' on Nashville Kentucky Headhunters
1989 Blue ribbon Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Volume Two Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
1988 Blue ribbon Born to Boogie Hank Williams Jr.
1987 Blue ribbon Always And Forever Randy Travis
1986 Blue ribbon Lost in the Fifties Tonight Ronnie Milsap
1985 Blue ribbon Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind George Strait
1984 Blue ribbon A Little Good News Anne Murray
1983 Blue ribbon The Closer You Get Alabama
1982 Blue ribbon Always on My Mind Willie Nelson
1981 Blue ribbon I Believe in You Don Williams
1980 Blue ribbon Coal Miner's Daughter Sissy Spacek
Beverly D'Angelo
Levon Helm
1979 Blue ribbon The Gambler Kenny Rogers
1978 Blue ribbon It Was Almost Like a Song Ronnie Milsap
1977 Blue ribbon Ronnie Milsap Live Ronnie Milsap
1976 Blue ribbon Wanted! The Outlaws Jessi Colter
Tompall Glaser
Waylon Jennings
Willie Nelson
1975 Blue ribbon A Legend in My Time Ronnie Milsap
1974 Blue ribbon A Very Special Love Song Charlie Rich
1973 Blue ribbon Behind Closed Doors Charlie Rich
1972 Blue ribbon Let Me Tell You About a Song Merle Haggard
1971 Blue ribbon I Won't Mention It Again Ray Price
1970 Blue ribbon Okie from Muskogee Merle Haggard
1969 Blue ribbon Johnny Cash At San Quentin Johnny Cash
1968 Blue ribbon Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison Johnny Cash
1967 Blue ribbon There Goes My Everything Jack Greene

Notes ^ A. Award presented to: Norman Blake, The Fairfield Four, Emmylou Harris, John Hartford, James Carter and the Prisoners, Chris Thomas King, Alison Krauss, Harry McClintock, Sarah Peasall, Hannah Peasall, Leah Peasall, Soggy Bottom Boys, Stanley Brothers, Ralph Stanley, Gillian Welch and The Whites
^ B. Award presented to: John Anderson, Clint Black, Suzy Bogguss, Brooks & Dunn, Billy Dean, Diamond Rio, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Little Texas, Lorrie Morgan, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker and Trisha Yearwood

Category Facts

Most Wins

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Total wins 5 wins 4 wins 3 wins
Artist George Strait Ronnie Milsap Johnny Cash

Most Nominations

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Total nominations 18 12 9
Artist George Strait Alan Jackson
Merle Haggard
Brooks & Dunn


  1. ^ "Past CMA Awards Winners and Nominees". CMA World. Archived from the original on 2017-07-09. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  2. ^ "2018 CMA Awards Winners List". The Boot. November 14, 2018. Retrieved November 14, 2018.