Kenny Chesney Is Once Again Country Music’s Entertainer Of The Year
When fans tuned in on their TVs to watch this year’s Country Music Awards, a lot of them were probably hoping that Kenny Chesney would take the prize again. The musician is clearly very talented and a top performer in his chosen music genre and fans just can’t seem to get enough of this legendary entertainer.
Kenny Chesney made his way up to the stage to receive the “Entertainer Of The Year” award for the fourth time in five years on Wednesday evening, November 12, 2008. As usual he was clothed in black and his big Texan was perfectly in place at the award ceremony held in Nashville, Tennessee. A very happy Chesney commented: “It’s very wonderful to stand up here and hold this trophy for the fourth time. I love what I’m doing.” Kenny Chesney’s enthusiasm and pride in his work just bubbles over and perhaps it is this that gives his work its unique and contagious edge. Chesney is now tied with Garth Brooks, who has also won the Country Music Association’s “Entertainer Of The Year” award four times. The award is generally seen as being the association’s top award and so the honor of receiving such an award even once simply cannot be overstated. Doing so four times is just unbelievable. Other contenders for this year’s award were Paisley, Sugarland, Keith Urban and Strait. In the end though, 40-year-old Chesney was the undeniable winner. Not bad after just eleven years in the music industry. Chesney has seven CMA nominations under his belt and has sold more than a million concert tickets every year for the past six year – a clear and undeniable indication of his popularity.
Other highlights of the event included Carrie Underwood’s very moving ballad in honor of the American soldiers who lost their lives in battle. She was introduced by the widow of Master Sgt. James Ponder, one of the many soldiers who died in Afghanistan in 2005. Wearing a black, floor-length gown her sorrowful, heart-wrenching melody seemed to really hit home with a lot of people. Carrie also co-hosted the show with Brad Paisley and received her third consecutive female vocalist of the year award during the night’s proceedings. Brad Paisley was not to be outdone and walked away from the evening with the male vocalist award for the second year in a row.