Country Music Association Award for Male Vocalist of the Year

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Country Music Association Award for Male Vocalist of the Year
CountryUnited States
Presented byCountry Music Association
First awarded1967
Currently held byChris Stapleton (2023)

The following list shows the recipients for the Country Music Association Award for Male Vocalist of the Year.[1] This Award goes to the artist. The Award is based on individual musical performance on a solo Country single or album release, as well as the overall contribution to Country Music.[2] This award was one of the original awards given at the first ceremony in 1967.

The inaugural recipient of the award was Jack Greene in 1967. Chris Stapleton holds the record for most wins in the category, with six, while five-time recipient George Strait has a leading twenty-five nominations. Dierks Bentley and Eric Church holds the record for most nominations without a win, with nine each. The current holder of the award is Stapleton, who won at the 56th Annual Country Music Association Awards in 2022.


Seven-time winner Chris Stapleton
Blake Shelton is tied for the second most wins in this category with five.
Three-time winner Brad Paisley was crowned Entertainer of the Year in 2010.
Keith Urban has received nine nominations and three wins.
Alan Jackson was the back-to-back male vocalist in 2002 and 2003.
Two-time winner Tim McGraw.
George Strait is tied for the second most wins in this category.
Five-time recipient Vince Gill is also a back-to-back Entertainer of the Year.
Clint Black won the award in 1990.
1982 recipient Ricky Skaggs
George Jones was nominated five times and won twice.
1972 and 1973 winner Charley Pride was the first person of colour to ever win a CMA Award.
Merle Haggard won both the male vocalist and Entertainer of the Year awards in 1970.
Inaugural recipient Jack Greene also won Single and Album of the Year awards at the 1967 ceremony.
Year Winner Nominees
2023 Blue ribbon Chris Stapleton
2022 Blue ribbon Chris Stapleton
2021 Blue ribbon Chris Stapleton
2020[3] Blue ribbon Luke Combs
2019 Blue ribbon Luke Combs
2018[4] Blue ribbon Chris Stapleton
2017 Blue ribbon Chris Stapleton
2016 Blue ribbon Chris Stapleton
2015 Blue ribbon Chris Stapleton
2014 Blue ribbon Blake Shelton
2013 Blue ribbon Blake Shelton
2012 Blue ribbon Blake Shelton
2011 Blue ribbon Blake Shelton
2010 Blue ribbon Blake Shelton
2009 Blue ribbon Brad Paisley
2008 Blue ribbon Brad Paisley
2007 Blue ribbon Brad Paisley
2006 Blue ribbon Keith Urban
2005 Blue ribbon Keith Urban
2004 Blue ribbon Keith Urban
2003 Blue ribbon Alan Jackson
2002 Blue ribbon Alan Jackson
2001 Blue ribbon Toby Keith
2000 Blue ribbon Tim McGraw
1999 Blue ribbon Tim McGraw
1998 Blue ribbon George Strait
1997 Blue ribbon George Strait
1996 Blue ribbon George Strait
1995 Blue ribbon Vince Gill
1994 Blue ribbon Vince Gill
1993 Blue ribbon Vince Gill
1992 Blue ribbon Vince Gill
1991 Blue ribbon Vince Gill
1990 Blue ribbon Clint Black
1989 Blue ribbon Ricky Van Shelton
1988 Blue ribbon Randy Travis
1987 Blue ribbon Randy Travis
1986 Blue ribbon George Strait
1985 Blue ribbon George Strait
1984 Blue ribbon Lee Greenwood
1983 Blue ribbon Lee Greenwood
1982 Blue ribbon Ricky Skaggs
1981 Blue ribbon George Jones
1980 Blue ribbon George Jones
1979 Blue ribbon Kenny Rogers
1978 Blue ribbon Don Williams
1977 Blue ribbon Ronnie Milsap
1976 Blue ribbon Ronnie Milsap
1975 Blue ribbon Waylon Jennings
1974 Blue ribbon Ronnie Milsap
1973 Blue ribbon Charlie Rich
1972 Blue ribbon Charley Pride
1971 Blue ribbon Charley Pride
1970 Blue ribbon Merle Haggard
1969 Blue ribbon Johnny Cash
1968 Blue ribbon Glen Campbell
1967 Blue ribbon Jack Greene

Artists with multiple wins[edit]

Artists that received multiple awards
Awards Artist
7 Chris Stapleton
5 Blake Shelton
George Strait
Vince Gill
3 Brad Paisley
Keith Urban
Ronnie Milsap
2 Alan Jackson
Charley Pride
George Jones
Lee Greenwood
Luke Combs
Randy Travis
Tim McGraw

Artists with multiple nominations[edit]

25 nominations
16 nominations
11 nominations
10 nominations
9 nominations
7 nominations
6 nominations
5 nominations
4 nominations
3 nominations
2 nominations

Won on First nomination[edit]

In CMA history only thirteen men have won Male Vocalist of the Year the very first time they were nominated. They are:


  1. ^ "Past CMA Awards Winners and Nominees". CMA World. Archived from the original on July 9, 2017. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "About". CMA Awards 2021 | Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 8|7c on ABC. Retrieved October 28, 2021.
  3. ^ "CMA Awards 2020: Here's the full list of nominees".
  4. ^ McCarthy, Kelly (August 28, 2018). "2018 CMA Awards nominations: See the full list". ABC News. Retrieved August 28, 2018.

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