ALAN JACKSON SWEEPS AWARDS

Alan Jackson took home six trophies at last night's TNN & CMT Country Weekly Music Awards Show, George Strait was the runner up with five.

Jackson won "Male Artist of the Year," "CMT Music Video of the Year" and "Album of the Year" awards. Strait took home the "Entertainer of the Year Award," as well as the "Impact Award," given to entertainers who have made a contribution to country music through motion pictures and TV commercials.

Both top winners, Strait and Jackson, are traditional country artists -- choosing to keep their music difinitively country and not straying down the "crossover" highway into pop as many artists have done. This shows a huge endorsement of the traditional style of country music from the voters -- the fans. Three awards were given for the Jackson/Strait duo "Murder on Music Row," a song which accuses the country music industry of producing more pop-sounding music than actual country. The song took home the "Song of the Year" award, the "Collaborative Event of the Year" award and also "Single of the Year."

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