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20 Years Ago: Vince Gill Wins Five CMA Awards

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20 years ago today (Sept. 29, 1993), Vince Gill was doing plenty of celebrating. The singer took home five trophies at the 27th Annual CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year, making Gill the night’s biggest winner.

Gill’s other awards during the evening include one for Male Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Event of the Year (as part of George Jones‘ ‘I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair’), Album of the Year and Song of the Year for ‘I Still Believe in You,’ which he also wrote.

The singer spent plenty of time on stage during the broadcast. In addition to taking home multiple awards, the Oklahoma native also co-hosted the ceremony with Clint Black. It was Gill’s second year hosting the CMA Awards, and he went on to host the event 10 more years, making him the longest concurrent host in the history of the show.

Gill won seven more CMA Awards after 1993, including taking home the Male Vocalist of the Year honors in 1994 and 1995. In his legendary career, which has spanned 35 years, he has won a total of 18 CMA Awards, as well as several ACM Awards and Grammys.

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