Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Oct. 9, 2000

Past Winstock artists shine at CMA Awards

By Ryan Gueningsman

The 34th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards were Wednesday, with many familiar faces gracing the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., where the show took place.

Whether it was presenting an award, performing a hit song, and in a few cases, winning an award, past Winstock performers played an important role in the awards ceremony.

Montgomery Gentry was perhaps, the biggest winner in their own right, taking home the Vocal Duo of the Year award, and beating out long-time favorite Brooks and Dunn.

Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, who performed at Winstock 2000, were also nominated for the Horizon Award.

While performing at the awards show, they were joined on stage by their hero, another past Winstock performer, Charlie Daniels.

The Female Vocalist of the Year category saw two past Winstock performers nominated for that award. Both Jo Dee Messina and Martina McBride had their hopes set high on that award, but it was Faith Hill who came away as the new Female Vocalist of the Year.

The Sons Of The Desert helped Lee Ann Womack take away the CMA's Single of the Year with her song "I Hope You Dance." The Sons provided background vocals for this song on her album, in addition to performing the song with her during the show.

Merle Haggard had the honor of introducing the Country Music Hall of Fame's newest member, Charley Pride. Haggard, himself, had this honor bestowed upon him in 1994 when he was inducted.

Other past Winstock entertainers who either presented or performed include Toby Keith, Pam Tillis, The Kinleys, Diamond Rio, John Michael Montgomery, Ricky Skaggs, Mark Wills, and Chely Wright.

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