SWEET WINS FOR TIM, SUGARLAND

Tim McGraw and hot new trio Sugarland were the big winners at Tuesday night's American Music Awards in Los Angeles.


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Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland
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Tim took home two trophies in the fan-voted awards show, Favorite Male Artist—Country and Favorite Album—Country for Live Like You Were Dying. "I want to say thank you to the fans first, because that's what counts in my business," Tim told the audience. Tim also thanked wife Faith Hill and their three daughters for their family support. Sugarland easily pulled off the night's biggest surprise, winning for Favorite Breakthrough New Artists, which included all genres of music. The trio—Jennifer Nettles, Kristen Hall and Kristian Bush—won out over rock band The Killers and pop star Jesse McCartney. "This is our first award ever," noted Jennifer. "How exciting to represent country music. Especially, thank you fans!" Gretchen Wilson also copped the award for Favorite Female Artist—Country. Keith Urban, though not a nominee in any category, turned in one of the show's best performances, earning a standing ovation for his hit "You'll Think of Me."

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