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November 13, 2008 | Todd Martens
There was no changing of the guard at the 42nd annual Country Music Assn. Awards on Wednesday night at the Sommet Center in Nashville. Kenny Chesney repeated as entertainer of the year, winning the top prize for the fourth time in five years. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood also repeated in the male and female vocalist of the year categories. Chesney kept his lock on the top prize.
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May 15, 2008 | Steve Friess, Steve Friess co-hosts the Vegas-centric celebrity interview podcast "The Strip" at TheStripPodcast.Com
THIS IS not a comeback, LeAnn Rimes wants you to know. This is a second act. As the Mississippi-born singer gets set to perform the title track of her first pure country album at the MGM Grand on Sunday as part of the Academy of Country Music Awards, she's not so much feeling lucky to be back in the bosom of the genre as pleased her plans worked out so well. "I don't ever feel I ever left," says Rimes, who at 25 has sold nearly 40 million records. "I feel I was blessed with a gift that I could sing anything that came my way. I never felt like my heart left country music."
NATIONAL
May 24, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Brooks & Dunn, the most honored artists in the history of the Academy of Country Music's awards show, picked up a record 20th and 21st trophies Tuesday night as country music's elite gathered to perform and compete for honors. Newcomer Carrie Underwood, last year's "American Idol" winner, also was a double winner, taking top new female vocalist and single of the year awards. The latter was for "Jesus Take the Wheel," a song she performed on the show.
NATIONAL
May 27, 2004 | From Associated Press
Toby Keith was a quadruple winner at Wednesday night's annual Academy of Country Music awards as entertainer of the year and male vocalist, and for his album "Shock 'n Y'All" and the video "Beer for My Horses" with Willie Nelson. "I always kept hoping this night would come," he said as he picked up the night's biggest award. Keith, who had won three times before, was named entertainer of the year in 2003.
NATIONAL
May 22, 2003 | From Associated Press
The two most successful artists at the Academy of Country Music Awards continued their winning ways Wednesday as Alan Jackson captured album of the year for "Drive" as well as a video honor and Brooks & Dunn were named top vocal duo. But in a program laced with patriotism, some in country music showed that they were not prepared to forgive the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines for remarks critical of President Bush and the war in Iraq.
NATIONAL
November 7, 2002 | From Associated Press
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."
NEWS
October 5, 2000 | From Associated Press
The Dixie Chicks took four awards, including best entertainer, at the Country Music Assn. ceremony Wednesday, and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill became the first husband and wife to win as best male and female vocalists in the same year. The Dixie Chicks also won best album for "Fly," video for "Goodbye Earl" and best vocal group for the third straight year. Hill and McGraw, who won the vocal event award together in 1997, thanked each other. "I feel so alone," Hill said while accepting her trophy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2000 | From Associated Press
Shania Twain was named entertainer of the year and the Dixie Chicks won group and album prizes for "Fly" at the 35th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday night. Lonestar's "Amazed" was picked as best song and single. Twain did not attend the show. It was a big night for country sweethearts, although leading nominees Tim McGraw and wife Faith Hill lost in the entertainer of the year category.
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