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Wilson tops country music awards
Gretchen Wilson
Gretchen Wilson picked up two awards on the night
Gretchen Wilson and Keith Urban were among the main winners at the US Country Music Television Music Awards.

Urban won video of the year for his hit Days Go By, while Wilson collected two prizes in the breakthrough and female video categories.

Kenny Chesney won the male video award, Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss won best collaborative video and Rascal Flatts took the best group/duo video prize.

Performers at the Nashville ceremony included Wilson and Reba McEntire.

Wilson won the breakthrough award for Redneck Woman, with When I Think About Cheatin' winning her the female video prize.

Both are from her debut album Here For the Party, which has sold four million copies.

Wilson, who performed on stage with sisters Ann and Nancy, said: "I'm an artist that has been extremely lucky."

"Things came very easy for me with Redneck Woman being as big a hit as it was."

Toby Keith won hottest video for Whiskey Girl, while Rick Schroder won best director for the Paisley-Krauss video Whiskey Lullaby.

'Getting started'

Loretta Lynn received the Johnny Cash Visionary Award for her work, which included penning 1970s female equality anthem The Pill.

Lynn received some of the best reviews of her career for 2004 album Van Lear Rose, a collaboration with White Stripes frontman Jack White.

Singer Reba McEntire said: "At an age when most women seem to slow down, it seems Loretta is just getting started.

"Loretta has proven that she still has much to say and no one else can say it like her."

Several actors presented awards or appeared on the show, including Dennis Hopper, Jeff Daniels and Andie McDowell.


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