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…a gin-and-tonic-soaked Rich slurred his way through the presentation of that same award to John Denver, who thankfully was appearing via satellite and did not see Rich set the card with Denver’s name on it on fire. For many, Denver’s name going up in flames was a prophetic statement about the state of country music in the 70s, even if it did get Rich banned from participating in future CMA ceremonies.