Nominees / Winners
Complete list of nominees.
Entertainer of the Year
Brooks & Dunn
"We got a bubble blowing goat, we got a guy who crawls through a toilet seat, we got the most beautiful wives in the world, we got wonderful, healthy children and we live in the greatest country in the world. Thank you." - Ronnie Dunn

"To you fans, you just can't imagine the reward this is for y'all. Playing for y'all is reward enough, but this is incredible. Thank you very, very much. " - Kix Brooks
Top Female Vocalist of the Year
Martina McBride
"Oh my goodness. ... I want to thank country radio and CMT for bringing my music to the fans. ... There is a woman who has set the standard for all of us females in country music. She's a friend, a mentor, an incredible example and an inspiration to all of us. Of course I am talking about Reba McEntire. I just want to say, 'Thank you, Reba, and I'm taking this home in your honor.'" - Martina McBride
Pioneer Award
Ronnie Milsap
"God bless you. Thank you so much. Somewhere around 30 years ago, I met Charley Pride in Los Angeles, and he said 'Come to Nashville!' I certainly appreciate that. So many people have been responsible for making this happen. ... Thank you. " - Ronnie Milsap
Top Male Vocalist of the Year
Alan Jackson
"Thank you. I thought I was past this already, but I really appreciate everybody including me in this. There are some great singers out there. I'm just glad I wasn't in Martina's [McBride] category." - Alan Jackson
Vocal Event of the Year
"I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" -- Soggy Bottom Boys
"They don't need no more, so I'm going to give it to Tara Lipinski." - Trace Adkins
Home Depot Humanitarian Award
Reba McEntire
"Thank you so very much. I know you've all heard this saying even when we were little ole kids, 'It's better to give than receive.' When I was I kid I didn't believe that for a second. But the older I got I realized that is the greatest lesson we could all learn is to give." - Reba McEntire
Album of the Year
O Brother, Where Art Thou - Soundtrack
"T Bone Burnett is in the studio this week. We accept this award on his behalf, and he can pick it up at the house." - Marty Roe of Diamond Rio
Top New Male Vocalist of the Year
Phil Vassar
"Thank you guys so much. Thank you country radio and Arista. ... Haley, I love you so much. JuJu, I love you so much. My family, mom and my sisters, I love you guys. Thank you so much." - Phil Vassar
Single Record of the Year
"Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" -- Alan Jackson
"I don't know what else to say, other than to thank my wife Denise for encouraging me to record this song ..." - Alan Jackson

"It's an honor to be associated with Alan Jackson. He is every producer's dream." - Keith Stegall
Top Vocal Duo of the Year
Brooks & Dunn
"We are so proud to be here after this many years, and you guys still, every now and then, throw us a trinket. Thank you very much." - Ronnie Dunn
Top New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year
Trick Pony
"Alright! Oh, what a special night out here. ... I got my momma out here, she flew all the way from Atlanta. She's probably wetting her pants right now." - Keith Burns

"I want to thank Tanya Tucker for firing me in 1996." - Ira Dean
Video of the Year
"Only in America" -- Brooks & Dunn
"Thank you very much, it was a big surprise. We weren't expecting this." - Kix Brooks

Thanks first of all to Kix and Ronnie, great song, great performance. -- Michael Merriman
Top New Female Vocalist of the Year
Carolyn Dawn Johnson
"This is really beautiful. Thank you so much. ... Thank you mom and dad, happy anniversary today. ... You girls in the category with me, you deserve it just as much." - Carolyn Dawn Johnson
Song of the Year
"Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" -- Alan Jackson
"Thank y'all. I don't feel like I can accept this award for this song without sharing it with and dedicating it to the thousands of people, men, woman and children who died and suffer." - Alan Jackson
Vocal Group of the Year
"Thanks to my brothers in crime ... We started this whole journey about 10 years ago and to have it come to this is pretty awesome. " - Dean Sams