NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Alan Jackson is looking for a change of pace after winning a record five Country Music Association awards, including single and song of the year for his Sept. 11-themed song "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)."
"I'm ready to get back to them drinking songs," he said with a grin after Wednesday night's show at the Grand Ole Opry House. "(It has been) too heavy all the time."
Jackson was nominated a record 10 times, and tied a record for most awards won in a single year with five. He also received his second entertainer of the year award.
A tearful Martina McBride accepted her second female vocalist of the year award after performing her new single "Concrete Angel." She also won in 1999.
The Dixie Chicks were named vocal group of the year for the fourth time; Brooks & Dunn took home their 10th award for vocal duo of the year; and Brad Paisley beat out Jackson for music video of the year honors for "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)."
The night also signaled the return of Shania Twain to the national spotlight. She bounded onto the stage in a black catsuit to sing "I'm Gonna Getcha Good" -- her first network performance since beginning an almost three-year hiatus in 1999.
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