Dixie Chicks, Womack Lead ACM Winners
Dixie Chicks and Lee Ann Womack topped the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards last night (May 9), each taking home a trio of trophies from the ceremony at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles.Dixie Chicks and Lee Ann Womack topped the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards last night (May 9), each taking home a trio of trophies from the ceremony at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles. The Chicks won for entertainer of the year, group, and video for "Goodbye Earl." Womack's song "I Hope You Dance," performed with Sons of the Desert, won for song, single, and vocal event.
Toby Keith was named top male vocalist and also won album of the year for "How Do You Like Me Now?!" Faith Hill was named top female vocalist. Brooks & Dunn won for top vocal duo. In the new artist categories, the winners were Rascal Flatts, Jamie O'Neal, and Keith Urban.
Two country legends, Barbara Mandrell and Kenny Rogers, each received career-honoring awards during the Leann Rimes-hosted event. The 52-year-old Mandrell, who has retired from performing, was honored with the Pioneer Award, which recognizes an artist who has expanded the boundaries of country music.
Rogers thanked his wife as he accepted the Career Achievement Award. "Wanda was with me when nobody cared," he said. "That was a long time, wasn't it?" Presented to a performer who has returned to popularity after falling out of favor, Rogers, 62, is only the third recipient of the award in the 36-year history of the ACM Awards. After a long dry spell, Rogers earned the 22nd No. 1 country single of his career last year with the song "Buy Me a Rose."
For her part, Rimes co-opted Rogers' "Lucille" to humorously address some of the troubles she's faced through the last year. "They say she's dyslexic, that she's anorexic, that she's gone and run off with a fan," she sang. "Tell me what's going on with LeAnn." Rimes has been embroiled in lawsuits against her father and her record label, and has been a target of tabloid headlines in recent months.
Here is the full list of ACM Awards winners:
Entertainer of the year: Dixie Chicks
Album of the year: Toby Keith, "How Do You Like Me Now?!"
Single of the year: "I Hope You Dance," Lee Ann Womack & Sons of the Desert
Song of the year: "I Hope You Dance," written by Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sellers, performed by Lee Ann Womack and Sons of the Desert
Male vocalist of the year: Toby Keith
Female vocalist of the year: Faith Hill
Group of the year: Dixie Chicks
Duo of the year: Brooks & Dunn
New male vocalist of the year: Keith Urban
New female vocalist of the year: Jamie O'Neal
New group of the year: Rascal Flatts
Vocal event of the year: "I Hope You Dance," performed by Lee Ann Womack and Sons of the Desert
Video of the year: Dixie Chicks, "Goodbye Earl"
Instrumentalist of the year: Michael Rhodes, bass; Mark O'Connor, fiddle; Eddie Bayers, drums; Paul Franklin, steel guitar; Brent Mason, guitar; John Hobbs, keyboard; and Jerry Douglas, special instrument (dobro)
Pioneer Award: Barbara Mandrell
Career Achievement Award: Kenny Rogers
Radio station of the year: WVIK Knoxville, Tenn.
Disc jockey of the year: WKDF Nashville's Carl P. Mayfield & P Team
Nightclub of the year: Billy Bob's (Fort Worth, Texas)
Casino of the year: Sam's Town (Robinsonville, Miss.)
Talent buyer/promoter of the year: Bob Romero of Romeo Entertainment (Crescent, Iowa)
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