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Some things just don't seem to change. In 1995, Country Weekly offered its first fanvoted awards, putting smiles on the faces of recipients like Favorite Male Vocalist winner Alan Jackson and Favorite Duo Brooks & Dunn. And at the end of last year, we gave out our most recent fan-voted trophies to winners like Favorite Male Artist Alan Jackson and Favorite Duo Brooks & Dunn.
The loyalty of country fans is legendary, and a glance at our awards over the last decade proves it. Alan, Kix and Ronnie, George Strait, Faith Hill, Alabama - they've all benefited from our readers' determined devotion. A few others haven't been so durable, but you gave them a moment in the sun they'll never forget.
Many factors have shaped the outcome of our awards competitions, and even the awards themselves. Trends have come and gone - the Favorite Line Dance Song award passed into history a number of years ago, for instance. World events have shaped your opinions - the two most recent Favorite Song winners were inspired by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
You can look at 2001's Single of the Year winner - "Murder on Music Row" by George Strait and Alan Jackson - to see a pop-country backlash beginning. What's more, you can look back at our new-artist awards and see how well you picked the stars of tomorrow - Sara Evans, Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Terri Clark, LeAnn Rimes and Lee Ann Womack all got the early thumbsup from Country Weekly readers.
Throughout the last decade, one thing has never changed: Country Weekly's awards have always given the fans a voice. While the CMAs, ACMs and Grammys let music-biz professionals make the big decisions, we have always thought that your opinion is the one that counts above all - and the stars have heard that opinion, loud and clear, year after year.
The shape and form of Country Weekly awards have evolved over the lifetime of the magazine.
From 1995 to 1999, we offered the Golden Pick awards, usually presented at the magazine's anniversary parties. Then for two years we teamed with TV networks for a couple of big, brassy arena blowouts. And for the last two years, we've adopted a more low-key approach, with the Fan Favorite Awards, voted through ballots in the magazine, online and at Fan Fair.
To find out more about the artists awarded by Country Weekly in the past ten years , pick up the latest editions on newsstands today!