Here are the Country Music Award winners. Alan Jackson takes home five trophies, tying a record held by Johnny Cash and Vince Gill

By Gary Susman
November 07, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

Alan Jackson drove into Wednesday night’s 36th Annual Country Music Association Awards with a record 10 nominations and left with five trophies, tying the record held by Johnny Cash and Vince Gill, who won five apiece in 1969 and 1993, respectively. He won the night’s top prize, Entertainer of the Year, as well as Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (for ”Drive”), and Song and Single of the Year, for ”Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).” While Jackson had that somber post-Sept. 11 anthem to thank for his victories, he sounded ready to return to lighter fare. ”I’m just ready to go back to drinkin’ songs,” he said.

Jackson’s win marked a reflective evening; Toby Keith’s more belligerent response to Sept. 11, ”Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” had spurred him to six nominations, but he ended the night shut out. The show also included Dolly Parton performing her Sept. 11 song, ”Hello God,” accompanied by a church choir. Still, the CBS telecast opened with a rip-roaring return by Shania Twain, performing on TV for the first time in three years, who entered Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry stage on a motorcycle and sang ”I’m Gonna Getcha Good” in a tight bodysuit that showed how little effect motherhood has had on her figure.

Gill, hosting the show for the 11th time, joked that he’d been trying to lose weight like Twain and would bare his belly if he lost enough. The full list of CMA winners is below.

Entertainer of the Year
Alan Jackson

Female Vocalist of the Year
Martina McBride

Male Vocalist of the Year
Alan Jackson

Horizon Award
Rascal Flatts

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brooks & Dunn

Vocal Group of the Year
Dixie Chicks

Album of the Year
”Drive,” Alan Jackson

Song of the Year
”Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” Alan Jackson

Single of the Year
”Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” Alan Jackson

Music Video of the Year
”I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song),” Brad Paisley

Vocal Event of the Year
”Mendocino County Line,” Willie Nelson with Lee Ann Womack

Musician of the Year
Jerry Douglas

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