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Thursday, 4 May, 2000, 10:10 GMT 11:10 UK
Shania named Country favourite
Shania Twain i
Twain is named entertainer of the year
Canadian singer Shania Twain has been named entertainer of the year at the US Academy of Country Music Awards.

The 34-year-old pop-country crossover sensation beat off competition from leading nominees Faith Hill and husband Tim McGraw to take the coveted award at the 35th annual ceremony.

Twain - who won two awards at the Grammys and American Music Awards - was not at the Wednesday night event in Universal City, California.

Faith Hill
Faith Hill wins top female vocalist

The singer - whose album Come On Over was the UK's best-seller last year - was said to be at home in Switzerland.

Other top acts to be honoured at this year's event included Lonestar, the Dixie Chicks and Hill, who all collected two trophies.

Hill beat Twain in the top female vocalist category. She also took the prize for the best country video for her hit single Breathe.

Wynette remembered

Texas trio the Dixie Chicks won the gong for top vocal duet or group. They also took their second consecutive album of the year award for their Grammy-winning Fly.

Last year the group, comprising Martie Seidel, Natalie Maines and Emily Robinson, took the title for Wide Open Spaces.

Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton leads a tribute to Tammy Wynette

Lonestar took the song and single of the year for Amazed.

The event, at the Universal Amphitheatre, was hosted for the first time by 54-year-old country veteran Dolly Parton.

Parton - joined by Patty Loveless, Martina McBride and Naomi and Wynona Judd - performed Stand By Your Man as a tribute to the late "first lady of country music", Tammy Wynette.

Wynette, who died in 1998 aged 55, was the first person to be honoured posthumously with the event's pioneer award.

Others to win trophies included Tim McGraw, who was named top male vocalist.

The Dixie Chicks
Two Dixie Chicks collect their second album of the year award

Teenager Jessica Andrews, 16, was named top new female vocalist and Brad Paisley took the top new male vocalist award.

But for the first time in recent years, country favourite Garth Brooks did not attend the celebrations.

Brooks, who was named the country music artist of the decade last year, failed to be nominated in any category this time around.

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