Good for her!!

Albertan Carolyn Dawn Johnson steals show at Canadian Country Music Awards
EDMONTON (CP) – Alberta songstress Carolyn Dawn Johnson stole the show Monday night at the Canadian Country Music Awards.
Nominated in almost every category she was eligible for, the 34-year-old from Deadwood, Alta., won four awards on the strength of her second album Dress Rehearsal, released in 2004. “What a great way to start the night,” cheered a happily tearful Johnson after she was presented with her first award of the evening, single of the year.
Alberta’s Olympic gold medallists Lori-Ann Muenzer and Kyle Shewfelt presented Johnson with album of the year.
She also took home SOCAN song of the year, CMT video of the year and, along with co-producer Dann Huff, producer of the year in Sunday night’s industry awards.
“OK, you’re making me feel really special,” said Johnson, who didn’t have time to sit down as she accepted the first four awards in the two-hour show at Rexall Place.
Though Johnson took home the most awards Monday night, it was spunky fan favourite Terri Clark who brought some sizzle to the sold-out show that was broadcast by CBC Television and CMT in the U.S.
Throwing her hands in the air and mouthing, “I love you” to the camera, Clark bounded to the stage to accept her fifth fan’s choice award – one more than the previous record set by k.d. lang.
“I’m just a kid from Medicine Hat who wanted to be Reba McEntire,” said the 36-year-old Albertan, who also took home the award for female vocalist of the year.
“I’ll play for you for the rest of my life if you keep listening,” she promised her fans, many of whom stayed after the show to chant her name as she made her way to a waiting limo.
Before presenting the award for male artist of the year, Clark compared music to sex, saying, “You can’t live without ’em and you just can’t get enough of ’em,” of the nominees.
When Jason McCoy’s name was called, he ran to the stage and hugged Clark, burying his face in her chest.
“All that talk of sex,” joked the 34-year-old from Minesing, Ont. “I got all worked up.”
Manitoba band Doc Walker grabbed their first group of the year award and George Canyon was chosen as the rising star of the year.
“I can’t believe I have this,” said Canyon, tipping his black cowboy hat.
The 34-year-old singer from Pictou County, N.S., recently placed second in the USA Network’s Nashville Star talent search. He’s since been signed to Universal South.
“It’s been 14 years, but if you want to call me an overnight success, I’ll take it,” he said after the show.
Edmonton’s Corb Lund Band – chosen as the roots artist of the year – joined nominees Sean Hogan and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings for a special performance saluting the Good Brothers and their induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
“This is a great compliment here in our home town,” said Lund, former front man of indie rock band the Smalls, who thanked “all the people who like their country a little bit scruffy.”
Five-time host Paul Brandt kicked off the night with a splashy production of C.W. McCall’s 1976 hit Convoy, flanked by Aaron Lines, award winners McCoy and Canyon and marching members of the Canadian military from CFB Wainwright in northern Alberta.
Other performances included Doc Walker, Emerson Drive and a videotaped performance of Keith and Clark in Hartford, Conn.
Clad in tight blue jeans and a large silver belt buckle, self-described “Redneck Woman” Gretchen Wilson from Nashville, Tenn., performed her hit Here for the Party to the crowd of 7,500.
Next year, the Canadian Country Music Awards will be held in Calgary.
Here were the winners at the 2004 Canadian Country Music Awards:
Fans’ Choice: Terri Clark.
Single of the Year: Simple Life – Carolyn Dawn Johnson.
Album of the Year: Dress Rehearsal – Carolyn Dawn Johnson.
Song of the Year: Die Of A Broken Heart (written by Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Shaye Smith, recorded by Carolyn Dawn Johnson).
Video of the Year: Simple Life – Carolyn Dawn Johnson.
Top Selling Album: Alan Jackson’s Greatest Hits – Alan Jackson.
Female Artist of the Year: Terri Clark.
Male Artist of the Year: Jason McCoy.
Group or Duo of the Year: Doc Walker.
Roots Artist or Group of the Year: The Corb Lund Band.
Rising Star Award: George Canyon.