Johnny Cash Dominates CMA Awards
The late Man in Black, Johnny Cash, dominated the Country Music Association Awards Wednesday night by winning awards for album of the year, single of the year and music video of the year and was the subject of a touching tribute during the live ceremony on CBS.
The winning album was “American IV: The Man Comes Around,” and the video and single were for “Hurt,” his haunting cover of a rock song by Nine Inch Nails.
Cash, who died on Sept. 12 at age 71, had been up for four awards. According to Reuters, a thunderous ovation greeted his musical tribute, which included renditions of some of his hits by Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Travis Tritt and Hank Williams Jr.
Meanwhile, the entertainer of the year honor went, for the second year running, to Alan Jackson, who also took home honors as male vocalist of the year and vocal event of the year (for his duet with Jimmy Buffett, “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”).
Female vocalist of the year was Martina McBride, while, ironically, Toby Keith, who was the top nominee with seven nods, was shut out completely. Also largely ignored were women — except in the all-female categories.
Still, performers included Dolly Parton, who joined Norah Jones in a duet of “The Grass is Blue,” and Shania Twain, who bowled over the audience with “She’s Not Just a Pretty Face.”
The Horizon Award went to Joe Nichols, while Brooks and Dunn won vocal duo of the year. Randy Scruggs took musician of the year honors, and song of the year was “Three Wooden Crosses,” written by Doug Johnson and Kim Williams.
Also failing to win were the Dixie Chicks. Instead, vocal group honors went to the trio Rascal Flatts, though they insisted the award go to fellow nominee group Alabama, which they said, deserved it more.