CMA Awards Takes Country to New York City

Published: 2005-11-17
Folks were hitting the red carpet in cowboy boots, blue jeans, and ten gallon hats Tuesday night, but they weren't in Nashvilleóthey were in New York City.

Though the Country Music Association's awards show typically takes place in Nashville, this year's festivities took place in the Big Apple in an effort to raise the profile of the event.

The big winner of the night was Lee Ann Womack, who took home three awards: single of the year, album of the year, and, for her duet with George Strait, best musical event. Womack is one of the many country musicians who has gone back to her country roots after a foray into the pop world, in her case with the 2000 single, "I Hope You Dance."

Other singers with more decor for their mantles include Keith Urban, who took home two awards, male vocalist of the year and entertainer of the year. Best female vocalist went to "Redneck Woman" Gretchen Wilson, and the Horizon award, given to the best emerging artist, went to Dirks Bentley.

The show featured a wide array of performers, from country staples like Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks to new country stars like golden couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and the latest American Idol champ, Carrie Underwood. Some non-country performers also made it to the show, with appearances by jazz singer Norah Jones and rocker act Bon Jovi.

But no worries for you country puristsóthe show will be back in Nashville for its 40th anniversary in 2006.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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