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VINCE GILL GARNERS FIVE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION AWARDS INCLUDING ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR AT 'THE 27TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS'

 NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Country music artist Vince Gill received top honors with a total of five awards including the coveted Entertainer of the Year Award at the Country Music Association's 27th Annual Awards, held last night at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.
 Gill, who co-hosted this year's show with Clint Black, collected awards for Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year ("I Still Believe in You") with John Barlow Jarvis, Album of the Year ("I Still Believe in You") and Vocal Event of the Year ("I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair" with George Jones & Friends). This marked the first time that a performer received Male Vocalist of the Year three years in a row.
 Alan Jackson gathered three awards for Single of the Year ("Chattahoochee"), Vocal Event of the Year ("I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair" with George Jones & Friends) and Music Video of the Year ("Chattahoochee") directed by Martin Kahan.
 Mary Chapin Carpenter received her second award in a row as Female Vocalist of the Year. Mark O'Connor was named Musician of the Year for the third time in as many years.
 Brooks & Dunn repeated their 1992 win with the Vocal Duo of the Year Award, as did Diamond Rio for their Vocal Group of the Year Award.
 One of the highlights of the three-hour ceremony was the induction of Willie Nelson into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The honor was bestowed on him by old friends Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and actor Rip Torn, who introduced film clips from Nelson's more than 30-year career.
 The Vocal Event of the Year Award went to Country legend George Jones for his "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair." Jones shares the honor with an all-star cast of friends -- Vince Gill, Mark Chestnutt, Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, Joe Diffie, Alan Jackson, Pam Tillis, T. Graham Brown, Patty Loveless and Clint Black.
 The Horizon Award, given to the performer who has shown the most significant career development over the past year, was won by Mark Chestnutt.
 This year's CMA Award ceremonies, which aired on CBS, was produced and directed by Walter C. Miller and scripted by Donald K. Epstein.
 27TH ANNUAL CMA AWARD WINNERS
 Song of the Year "I Still Believe in You"
 Vince Gill, John Barlow Jarvis
 Vocal Duo of the Year Brooks & Dunn
 Vocal Group of the Year Diamond Rio
 Vocal Event of the Year "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair"
 George Jones with Vince Gill, Mark
 Chestnutt, Garth Brooks, Travis
 Tritt, Joe Diffie, Alan Jackson, Pam
 Tillis, T. Graham Brown, Patty
 Loveless, Clint Black
 Album of the Year "I Still Believe in You" Vince Gill
 Producer Tony Brown
 Single of the Year "Chattahoochee" Alan Jackson
 Producer Keith Stegall
 Female Vocalist of the Year Mary Chapin Carpenter
 Musician of the Year Mark O'Connor
 Male Vocalist of the Year Vince Gill
 Horizon Award Mark Chestnutt
 Music Video of the Year "Chattahoochee" Artist Alan Jackson
 Directed by Martin Kahan
 Entertainer of the Year Vince Gill
 Country Music Hall of Fame Willie Nelson
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