Country music honored a return to its roots at the Country Music Association’s thirty-fifth annual awards show and celebration last night at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Although Tim McGraw took the evening’s top prize, Entertainer of the Year, the old-time music soundtrack to O Brother Where Art Thou? was the evening’s big winner, taking awards for Album of the Year and Single of the Year for “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow,” as performed by the film’s fictional Soggy Bottom Boys (singer Dan Tyminski off-screen).
The look back to country music’s past was also reflected in a number of the live music pairings. Garth Brooks and George Jones sang their duet, “Beer Run,” from Jones’ new album, The Rock: Stone Cold Country, while Brad Paisley was joined by Jones, Buck Owens and “Whisperin'” Bill Anderson for his “Too Country,” from Paisley’s latest album, Part II), which earned the crew an award for Vocal Event of the Year.
The 2001 Country Music Association Awards winners:
Entertainer of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year
Lee Ann Womack
Vocal Group of the Year
Vocal Duo of the Year
Brooks and Dunn
Single of the Year
“I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow,” the Soggy Bottom Boys featuring Dan Tyminski
Album of the Year
Various Artists, O Brother Where Art Thou?
Song of the Year
“Murder on Music Row,” Larry Cordle, Larry Shell
Vocal Event of the Year
“Too Country,” Brad Paisley with George Jones, Buck Owens and Bill Anderson
Musician of the Year
Video of the Year
“Born to Fly,” Sara Evans