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Chesney Whines About Award


05/19/2008
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(Reuters) Kenny Chesney won entertainer of the year for the fourth straight time at the 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday -- but said backstage that organizers had devalued the top prize by making it a "sweepstakes" up for vote on the Internet.

Carrie Underwood was named top female vocalist for the second year in a row and 18-year-old Taylor Swift, country music's hottest young star, snagged her first award and stole the show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with a wardrobe-changing, water-drenched performance.

This year marked the first that the academy let fans choose the top entertainer award -- reflecting the "American Idol" era of entertainment. [yeah, let the record company hacks pick the awards! You can't let the actual fans to make the selection.] Read Kenny whine here and more on the awards. - more on this story

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