2005 CMA Awards Winners

Keith repeated as Male Vocalist champ, then took home the night's top honor, Entertainer of the Year, beating out defending titlist, and odds-on favorite, Kenny Chesney. Lee Ann was the overall winner in terms of numbers, copping three CMA trophies: Musical Event (with George Strait), Album and Single. Hosts Brooks & Dunn won for the 13th time in the Vocal Duo category, which they essentially have dominated since their career began in 1991.

Country Weekly handicapped the big night in our Nov. 21 issue. And we'll 'fess up—as CMA pickers, we didn't hit too many right notes.

To see how we did, here's a complete list of all the winners, along with Country Weekly's predictions:


  • Keith Urban 
  • Country Weekly pick: Kenny Chesney

Male Vocalist

  • Keith Urban 
  • Country Weekly pick—Keith Urban

Female Vocalist

  • Gretchen Wilson 
  • Country Weekly pick—Lee Ann Womack

Vocal Group

  • Rascal Flatts 
  • Country Weekly pick—Rascal Flatts

Vocal Duo

  • Brooks & Dunn 
  • Country Weekly pick—Brooks & Dunn

Horizon Award

  • Dierks Bentley 
  • Country Weekly pick—Sugarland


  • There's More Where That Came From Lee Ann Womack 
  • Country Weekly pick—There’s More Where That Came From Lee Ann Womack


  • “I May Hate Myself in the Morning” Lee Ann Womack 
  • Country Weekly pick—“Baby Girl” Sugarland

Musical Event

  • “Good News, Bad News” George Strait (duet with Lee Ann Womack) 
  • Country Weekly pick—“Party for Two” Shania Twain (with Billy Currington)

Song (award to writers)

  • “Whiskey Lullaby” Jon Randall, Bill Anderson 
  • Country Weekly pick—“Bless the Broken Road”

Music Video

  • “As Good as I Once Was” Toby Keith 
  • Country Weekly pick—“When I Think About Cheatin’” Gretchen Wilson

So, how did Country Weekly do as CMA prognosticators? Well, not so great—we didn't even bat .500. Country Weekly picked 4 of the 11 main categories correctly, for a score of 36 percent.


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