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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 May, 2005, 09:13 GMT 10:13 UK
Chesney takes country music award
Kenny Chesney
Chesney thanked fans for their support after receiving the award
Country singer Kenny Chesney, husband of actress Renee Zellweger, has been named entertainer of the year at the US Academy of Country Music awards.

Chesney's win over leading nominee Tim McGraw came eight days after his recent surprise marriage to Zellweger.

McGraw took top single and song prizes for his hit Live Like You Were Dying at the Mandalay Bay ceremony in Las Vegas.

The majority of award winners were selected by the 3,000 members of the California-based academy.

Receiving the ceremony's top honour, Chesney thanked his fans for their support.

Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney
Chesney married Zellweger in the Caribbean earlier this month
"I go on stage every night at 9.15 but our show starts at 2.30 in the afternoon because all the fans are out there in the parking lot, partying and got our music cranked up. And I want to thank ya'll," he said.

Zellweger was not at the show because she was working on a new movie, Chesney said.

Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss were given two trophies for their duet Whiskey Lullaby, which won the best video and vocal event prizes.

Keith Urban accepted the top male vocalist and album honour for Be Here and Gretchen Wilson was named top new artist and top female vocalist.

Singers Faith Hill and Garth Brooks appeared onstage and the audience watched footage of camouflage-clad singer Toby Keith performing As Good as I Once Was to a crowd of US troops in Iraq.


SEE ALSO:
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