Country Joins Pop for People’s Choice Awards

Garth Brooks and George Strait will compete with Latin hunk Ricky Martin for the title of Favorite Male Musical Performer at the 27th Annual People’s Choice Awards, to be broadcast live Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. In the female musical performer category, Faith Hill and Shania Twain go up against teen queen Britney Spears. For Favorite Musical Group or Band, Alabama and the Dixie Chicks will compete with boy band ’N Sync. Nominees and winners for the People’s Choice Awards are selected by a Gallup poll of 213 million Americans.