Country Loves Garth

The Academy of Country Music bestowed its top award for the 1990s — artist of the decade — to Garth Brooks and also branded the Oklahoma native its entertainer of the year during its 34th awards presentations Wednesday night. Faith Hill was a big winner, too, taking home four awards and stealing the evening (at Universal City’s Amphitheater). She hauled off more awards than anyone else, including honors for female vocalist, single record and video (for “This Kiss”) and vocal event of the year (for her duet “Just To Hear You Say That You Love Me” with husband Tim McGraw). McGraw also won the top male singer award.

  • The Dallas-based Dixie Chicks — sisters Martie Siedel and Emily Erwin and friend Natalie Maines — won album of the year for “Wide Open Spaces,” as well as awards for top group and best new group. Steve Wariner’s oh-so-sad “Holes in the Floor of Heaven” was named top song. “This is my first one! I guess I’m a hat act now!” said Wariner.
  • Shania Twain was presented with the Recording Industry Association of America’s first diamond award for recognition of 10 million albums sold. It was a double-diamond for the Canadian sensation, who sold more than 10 million copies each of “The Woman in Me” and “Come on Over.” A special Pioneer Award was presented to Glen Campbell.

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