NASHVILLE — Alan Jackson couldn't go wrong Wednesday, taking home his second entertainer-of-the-year award and four other honors at the annual Country Music Assn. Awards.
His five awards tied a record for most received in one year. Johnny Cash had that many in 1969, as did Vince Gill in 1993.
"CMA's been a little too generous to me tonight," Jackson said while accepting the top honor. "There's probably people who are a little more exciting on stage, but I just walk out there and sing."
Jackson, who was nominated a record 10 times, was also named male vocalist of the year, won album of the year for "Drive," and song and single of the year for his Sept. 11-themed "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)." His debut of the song at last year's telecast stopped the show.
The night also signaled the return of Shania Twain to the national spotlight. She added a bit of pop to the show, bounding onto the stage in a black cat suit to sing "I'm Gonna Getcha Good" -- her first network performance since beginning an almost three-year hiatus in 1999, when she was CMA entertainer of the year.
"It didn't have the scary impact that I thought it would," Twain said of her performance. She releases a new album later this month.
An emotional Martina McBride accepted her second female-vocalist-of-the-year award after performing her new single, "Concrete Angel," for the crowd at the Grand Ole Opry House. She also won in 1999.
"I was not prepared for this emotion that I'm feeling, it's just so amazing that I get to live this dream," she said as she wiped away tears.
The Dixie Chicks were named vocal group of the year for the fourth time; Brooks & Dunn took home their 10th award for vocal duo of the year; and Brad Paisley beat out Jackson for music video of the year for "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)."
Gill, hosting the show for the 11th consecutive year, joked after Twain's performance about his yearly effort to lose weight before the awards.
"I've lost 26 pounds for this year's show. I lose 20 more, I'm showing my belly button like" Twain, he said with a laugh.
Dolly Parton welcomed the Country Music Hall of Fame's newest inductees -- Bill Carlisle and Porter Wagoner -- with a video montage of their careers.
Country trio Rascal Flatts won the Horizon Award, which goes to a performer or group considered to have good career prospects.
Before the show, Willie Nelson received the vocal event of the year award for "Mendocino County Line," his single with Lee Ann Womack.