2005 CMA Awards Winners

Keith Urban and Lee Ann Womack pulled down the big prizes at the Nov. 15 CMA Awards, held for the first time in New York City. 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.

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:

  • Entertainer – 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 – Dierks Bentley
    Country Weekly pick—Sugarland
  • AlbumThere's More Where That Came From Lee Ann Womack
    Country Weekly pick—There's More Where That Came From Lee Ann Womack
  • Single – "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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