Remember when going to an awards show was exciting, when winning one of them fancy paperweights was kinda cheesy cool? No? Then you must be Shania Twain. The country-pop diva sat out her third consecutive envelope-opening show Wednesday night, skipping the 35th Annual Academy of County Music Awards, even as she won the top prize — named Entertainer of the Year.
The Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill and Lonestar were the night’s multiple winners, taking home two trophies each. In a twist, all managed to show up and accept their ACM hats in person.
As for Twain? She was said to be living the life of good country people, albeit from her home in, um, Switzerland. (Little known fact: “Shania” is a name of Native American origins, meaning: “Let them eat cake.”) This year, Twain previously was a no-show at the Grammys and the American Music Awards.
In lieu of Twain, cute couples were the order of the night. Hill was named best female singer; husband Tim McGraw, best male singer. Clint Black and acting spouse Lisa Hartman Black were honored for their collaboration, “When I Said I Do.”
Dolly Parton hosted the CBS-televised ceremony, held at that mecca of twang otherwise known as Los Angeles’ Universal Ampitheatre.
Here’s a look at the night’s big winners:
Entertainer of the year: Shania Twain Male vocalist: Tim McGraw Female vocalist: Faith Hill Duet or group: Dixie Chicks Album: ”Fly,” Dixie Chicks Song: ”Amazed,” Lonestar Single: ”Amazed,” Lonestar New male vocalist: Brad Paisley New female vocalist: Jessica Andrews New group or duet: Montgomery Gentry Vocal event of the year: ”When I Said I Do,” Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Video: ”Breathe,” Faith Hill Pioneer award: Tammy Wynette