A Little Bit Country `Strawberry Wine' Wins Year's Best Single Award

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"Strawberry Wine," a song about a teen-ager's first love affair, was named the best country music single of the year Wednesday at the 31st Country Music Association Awards.

Singer Deana Carter jumped up and down in glee on the stage, before leaping into presenter Ricky Skaggs' arms. She was also up for best female vocalist and video for "Strawberry Wine," best album for "Did I Shave My Legs for This?" and the Horizon Award for career progress.

In addition, Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison, who wrote "Strawberry Wine," won for best song. "Maybe now she can afford a pair of shoes," Vince Gill, the show's host, joked about Carter's penchant for performing barefoot. Presenter Tanya Tucker announced Brooks & Dunn as the winner of the best vocal duo award before looking at the results. She then turned the contents of the official envelope toward the audience. Tucker was right. None of the other duo nominees sells as many albums as Brooks & Dunn. They were the Bellamy Brothers, the Raybon Brothers, T hrasher Shiver and John & Audrey Wiggins. "This means a little bit more to us every year that this happens," said Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn. Kathy Mattea won for best video for her "455 Rocket. …


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