But there was a sour note for Chesney, who was cut off in the middle of his acceptance speech for Entertainer of The Year as time ran out at the event.
Chesney also claimed the Album of The Year honour for WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN. McGraw's tribute to his late father, LIVE LIKE YOU WERE DYING, claimed Song and Single of The Year honours, and Paisley's WHISKEY LULLABY duet with Alison Krauss claimed Musical Event and Video of The Year awards.
There were emotional tributes to Ray Charles and Kris Kristofferson, who was inducted into the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME during the ceremony, and newcomer Gretchen Wilson had two reasons to celebrate - she picked up the night's Horizon Award on her birthday GRACIE's birthday.
The full list of winners is:
Song Of The Year - LIVE LIKE YOU WERE DYING by TIM McGRAW
Musical Event of The Year - WHISKEY LULLABY by BRAD PAISLEY + ALISON KRAUSS
Single of The Year - LIVE LIKE YOU WERE DYING by TIM McGRAW
Music Video of The Year - WHISKEY LULLABY by BRAD PAISLEY + ALISON KRAUSS
Best Vocal Duo - BROOKS + DUNN
Album of The Year - WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN by KENNY CHESNEY
Female Vocalist of The Year - Martina McBride
Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee - KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee - JIM FOGLESONG
Musician of The Year - DAN HUFF
Male Vocalist of The Year - Keith Urban
Horizon Award - GRETCHEN WILSON
Vocal Group of The Year - Rascal Flatts
Entertainer of The Year - KENNY CHESNEY.10/11/2004 09:08