Country music artist Randy Travis dominated the 22nd Annual Music City News Country Awards, winning four major honors, including entertainer of the year.
The boyish-looking Travis, who dethroned the Virginia quartet The Statler Brothers to win entertainer of the year, also won for song of the year, album of the year and male artist of the year.The Statlers won two awards, including group of the year, an accolade they won for the 17th time in the 22-year history of the awards, which were selected by fans.
Former Oklahoma rodeo entertainer Reba McEntire repeated as female artist of the year.
Conway Twitty won the coveted living legend award.
Twitty, who has had 53 No. 1 rec-ords during his long career, was presented the award by veteran country singer George Jones, who described Twitty as the "king of country soul."
The misty-eyed Twitty pointed to his mother in the Grand Ole Opry House audience and said, "See mom, I told you not to worry."
Travis, who was awarded for the single "Forever and Ever Amen," said, "We couldn't do it without the songwriters, in this case Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz."
Travis's second Warner Bros. album, "Always & Forever," was named album of the year. The former North Carolina farmboy and Nashville restaurant dishwasher swept the April 26 Nashville Network Viewers Choice awards, winning all categories he was nominated in, including favorite entertainer.
Travis won the entertainer of the year award over McEntire, The Statlers, George Strait and Hank Williams Jr., the current Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association entertainer of the year.
The mother-daughter duo The Judds were named vocal duo of the year.
The Star of Tomorrow Award, perhaps one of the most competitive categories of the evening, was won by Ricky Van Shelton of Grit, Va.