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Brooks & Dunn, Carrie Underwood Win Big at 40th Annual CMA Awards

Posted in News on November 6, 2006
Big wins for BMI affiliates including powerhouse pair Brooks & Dunn, explosive newcomer Carrie Underwood, fan and critical favorite Keith Urban, and multiplatinum-selling Rascal Flatts dominated the 40th Annual Country Music Association Awards, held Nov. 6 in Nashville. The ceremony, which took place downtown at Gaylord Entertainment Center, featured a slew of live performances and plenty of extra room for the fans, who cheered for their favorites throughout the evening.

Brooks & Dunn Carrie Underwood Keith Urban

Longtime BMI affiliates and hosts of the event Brooks & Dunn made believers out of the CMA this year by claiming three awards, the most of any nominee. The duo's hit "Believe," co-written by Ronnie Dunn, snagged Single and Song of the Year titles, while their fourteenth Duo of the Year trophy raised their career total to nineteen, officially making Brooks & Dunn the record-holders for the most wins of any artist in CMA history.

Rascal Flatts Randy Scruggs Dolly Parton

Carrie Underwood has officially arrived. The 2005 American Idol winner took home both the CMA Horizon Award, given to the year's most promising new artist, and the Female Vocalist of the Year title. Underwood became the first to claim both the Horizon and Female Vocalist wins since Alison Krauss in 1995.

Keith Urban picked up his third consecutive Male Vocalist of the Year trophy. Though unable to attend the ceremony, Urban relayed a heartfelt acceptance speech through good friend Ronnie Dunn, who read a letter from the winner aloud to a cheering audience.

Super group Rascal Flatts secured a fourth consecutive Vocal Group of the Year win, capping off a year packed with record-setting concert attendance and album sales. The trio performed their single "My Wish," which is currently climbing the charts.

Guitarist Randy Scruggs garnered his third CMA Musician of the Year win. The son of bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs, Randy's musical prowess has enhanced projects over the years by a range of figures, from Waylon Jennings and Emmy Lou Harris to George Strait. BMI Icon Dolly Parton also earned recognition in the Musical Event of the Year category for her contribution to the poignant hit "When I Get Where I'm Going."

Iconic songwriter Kris Kristofferson presided over Country Music Hall of Fame inductions of Harold Bradley and Sonny James. Bradley, a member of the legendary Nashville A-Team, and James, an esteemed country vocalist and host of the inaugural CMA Awards Banquet and Show in 1967, were both on hand and greeted with standing ovations.

2006 BMI CMA Award Winners

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Keith Urban

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Carrie Underwood

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Rascal Flatts

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Brooks & Dunn

HORIZON AWARD
Carrie Underwood

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
"Believe"
Brooks & Dunn
Produced by Tony Brown/Kix Brooks/Ronnie Dunn

SONG OF THE YEAR
"Believe"
Co-written by Ronnie Dunn
Sony/ATV Tree/Showbilly Music

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
"When I Get Where I'm Going" featuring Dolly Parton

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
"Believe"
Brooks & Dunn

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Randy Scruggs - Guitar

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