Roger Miller won five trophies at the seventh annual Grammy Awards, taking away, Best New Country & Western Artist; C&W Album, for Dang Me/Chug-A-Lug and C&W Single, Song and Male Vocal, for “Dang Me”, his novelty song whose “jazzy instrumental section” helped make it “the quintessential example of Miller’s lighthearted humor”. Best Country & Western Vocal Performance – Female went to Dottie West for “Here Comes My Baby.”
Marty Robbins received the Man of the Decade Award from the Academy of Country Music. The Grammy Award winner had suffered a major heart attack earlier in the year.
Winners at the 5th Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Buddy Ebson included: Bob Wills who won the Pioneer Award, The Jim Reeves Memorial Award went to Joe Allison, Tammy Wynette won Top Female Vocalist of the Year, Merle Haggard won Top Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year went to Merle Haggard for “Okie From Muskogee”.
Lady Antebellum was at #1 on the Country chart with their second studio album Need You Now. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album and was nominated for Album of the Year, whereas the single “Need You Now” won four awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year.