Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year

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]

Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year
CountryUnited States
Presented byCountry Music Association
First awarded1967
Currently held byKacey Musgraves (2018)


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


  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.