Country Singer Kenny Chesney was named the Entertainer of the Year and took the Album of the Year award at the Country Music Association's Annual Awards ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee late Tuesday.

Singer Martina McBride was named Female Vocalist of the Year. The Song of the Year and Single of the Year awards went to the song "Live like you Were Dying," written by Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman and peformed by Tim McGraw.

Gretchen Wilson was the winner of the Horizon Award for best new artist. Her debut album Here For the Party sold three million copies this year.

Also during the nationally televised program, singer - songwriter Kris Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.