Garth Brooks, who has generated unprecedented record sales for a country artist in the past year, was named entertainer of the year and top male vocalist in the 27th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday.
But Brooks, who took a record-setting six awards last year, shared the spotlight with Alan Jackson at the nationally televised ceremonies from the Universal Amphitheatre. Jackson's "Don't Rock the Jukebox" prevailed in the top album and top single categories.
Veteran Reba McEntire was named top female vocalist for the sixth time, and her video for "Is There Life Out There" won in the video category.
New faces also made a mark. Diamond Rio won as top vocal group, while Brooks & Dunn were named top duet--beating out perennial winners the Judds--and top new duet. Billy Dean was voted top new male vocalist, and his song "Somewhere in My Broken Heart," co-written with Richard Leigh, took the song of the year award. Trisha Yearwood was named top new female vocalist.