Debby Boone (1977)
Debby Boone was designed to soothe people scared off by the raw intensity of the Starland Vocal Band. "You Light Up My Life" was one of the 1970s' hugest hits, yet it vanished into obscurity almost immediately. Deb told Billboard, "The lyrics really lent themselves to how I felt about my relationship with the Lord." But even by Seventies cheese-pop standards, she didn't deserve to beat Andy Gibb ("I Just Want to Be Your Everything"), Shaun Cassidy ("That's Rock & Roll") or Stephen Bishop ("On and On"). The other BNA nominee that year? Foreigner, who deserved it just for putting a song called "Feels Like the First Time" on their debut album.