1995: Alan Jackson, Country Music Superstar

by Jesse T.

1995 was a fantastic year for Country music artists. Lots of awards were given out at the CMA awards. Many artists of today were starting to become well known during this time. Stars such as Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, & GeorgeStrait were big time performers at this time. One of the most prestigious awards that can be given is the “Entertainer of the Year” award. According to CMT.ca, superstar Alan Jackson was the winner. This would be Jackson’s 6th of a 10 awards that he would accumulate of the years to follow.

 Another award to be given was the “Male Vocalist of the Year”. This was awarded to Vince Gill. Vince wrote many songs during that year. One of his most popular songs was the catchy “One More Last Chance.” This wasn’t the only award Vince won in 1995. He also won the “Best Vocal & Western Performance” award.  

 The women were also winners that year in Country music. Allison Kraus won awards for “Female Vocalist of the Year” and she also won the “Horizon Award” Which is an award for the “Best New Artist of the Year”. Allison Kraus won yet another award for her song “When You Say Nothing At All” Patty Loveless won the award for “Best Album” of the year. Gretchen Peters won the award for “Best Song” for the song “Independence Day”.

 If you were in a country group, you did pretty well too. The group The Mavericks beat out Blackhawk, Diamond Rio, and Sawyer Brown for the award. The Duo of Brooks & Dunn surprised no one as they walked away with the award for “Best Country Duo” This was the 4th of 15 “Best Country Duo” awards for the group. They won 15 consecutive years from 1992 to 2006, but they would not win again after ’06.  

The most popular country song of 1995 was Aaron Tippin’s “That’s as close as I’ll get”. This song did not win any awards that year. In other words, Country Music was good for both sides of the gender spectrum as far as awards and songwriting.




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