9:34 pm - 06/11/2014

Flashback: Shania Twain Wins CMA Entertainer of the Year

In 1999, Shania Twain was at the peak of her commercial success. Two years prior, she had released the blockbuster country album Come on Over, a record that would sell a staggering 40 million copies worldwide (by comparison, Taylor Swift's best-selling release so far, Fearless, has tallied a little less than 9 million). Featuring hits like "Man! I Feel Like a Woman," "You're Still the One" and "That Don't Impress Me Much," Come on Over became a genre-busting sensation, due in part to a re-released pop mix of the album. An accompanying tour further solidified her as country's most recognizable female superstar.

Still, Twain didn't garner her first — and only — Entertainer of the Year nomination until 1999, competing against Tim McGraw, George Strait, the Dixie Chicks and Garth Brooks, who was angling to three-peat in the category. But when Reba McEntire, the last woman to win the CMA's top award in 1986, was chosen to present, Twain had to feel the odds were on her side.

Which, of course, they were. McEntire, visibly emotional over Twain having ended the 13-year drought of female Entertainer winners, pointed in her direction and informally beckoned the Canadian native to the stage. "Come on up, Shania Twain," she said.

"I'm embarrassed that I'm crying," Twain said during her speech, wiping away tears. She also offered a good-natured directive to Dolly Parton, who was inducted that evening into the Country Music Hall of Fame. "I have to meet Dolly Parton tonight after the show. She is my biggest inspiration of all time and she can't leave the building until I at least meet her!"

Twain went on to follow up Come on Over with 2002's Up! and a greatest hits compilation in 2004, before slowly dropping out of the public eye. She endured a divorce from her producer husband Robert "Mutt" Lange and subsequent vocal issues, before making a high-profile — and triumphant — return to the stage in 2012, headlining her own Las Vegas spectacle, Shania: Still the One. A regular showroom draw at Caesars Palace's Colosseum, the show is currently scheduled to run through summer 2014.

Remarkably, despite all her success, sales and stardom, Twain's 1999 Entertainer victory stands as her sole CMA Awards win.


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lumosofmylife 12th-Jun-2014 01:40 am (UTC)
Ugh, I want a new album.
rainstormraider 12th-Jun-2014 01:41 am (UTC)
She was the original TSwift.

Also the original White Jesus.
rexilla 12th-Jun-2014 01:41 am (UTC)
is this a time warp post?
lr489 12th-Jun-2014 01:45 am (UTC)
no. it's all about Queen Shania. Learn to appreciate talent.
_twenty 12th-Jun-2014 01:45 am (UTC)
just a post about one of the most influential country and pop artists of our time!!

Edited at 2014-06-12 01:45 am (UTC)
qween_frostine 12th-Jun-2014 01:43 am (UTC)
That leopard outfit was my lifeblood for like a year there.
flyingpigs_live 12th-Jun-2014 01:43 am (UTC)
she is a goddess
likegunfire 12th-Jun-2014 01:43 am (UTC)
yasss canadian queen
lumosofmylife 12th-Jun-2014 01:45 am (UTC)
I love this!
fatbom 12th-Jun-2014 01:43 am (UTC)
my dad has a huge crush on her
msbombtastic 12th-Jun-2014 01:47 am (UTC)
lmao I was just gonna comment that I remember my dad being so thirsty for her when I was a kid
mario_06 12th-Jun-2014 02:01 am (UTC)
my dad would tell me to repeat her songs when he drove me to school..

I think he had a crush on her too cuz he aint no country fan

plus he is Canadian and loves all things Canadian
_twenty 12th-Jun-2014 01:44 am (UTC)
ontd, what are your fav shania songs???

lolzerz 12th-Jun-2014 01:44 am (UTC)
you're still the one. always.
lumosofmylife 12th-Jun-2014 01:46 am (UTC)
You're Still The One<3
likegunfire 12th-Jun-2014 01:47 am (UTC)
you're still the one, juanita, forever & for always, any man of mine
pulpteets 12th-Jun-2014 01:50 am (UTC)
no one needs to know! yuss
yuppielawyer 12th-Jun-2014 01:59 am (UTC)
Any Man of Mine
fatbom 12th-Jun-2014 02:00 am (UTC)
josiefier 12th-Jun-2014 02:01 am (UTC)
No One Needs to Know, You Win My Love, and

supadupalove 12th-Jun-2014 02:31 am (UTC)
I was just talking about this song the other day!!

the "cool" at the beginning always makes me lol
arilicious 12th-Jun-2014 02:06 am (UTC)
You're Still the One
Man! I Feel Like a Woman, mostly cause I remember hearing it in the car, with my mom
whatyawaiting4 12th-Jun-2014 02:07 am (UTC)
You Win My Love and If You're Not In It For Love and I'm Gonna Getcha. And Forever and Always. And Any Man Of Mine.

Oh Shit, her catalogue is free of flaws.
kurtvonnegut 12th-Jun-2014 02:08 am (UTC)
damn, i forgot how many hits she had
appeasing 12th-Jun-2014 02:25 am (UTC)
I love so many of them but if you're not in it for love I'm outta here is my all time fave
supadupalove 12th-Jun-2014 02:30 am (UTC)
No One Needs To Know, Honey I'm Home, Thank You Baby, You Win My Love, You're Still The One, When, Ka-Ching!, Nah! aaaand basically most of them

Shania is my queen
allysqpkt 12th-Jun-2014 02:41 am (UTC)
blue_birds 12th-Jun-2014 02:52 am (UTC)
Come on Over and You win My Love
stranglerwcandy 12th-Jun-2014 03:07 am (UTC)
dedebee 12th-Jun-2014 03:31 am (UTC)
You've Got a Way and It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing. I've had so many hardcore sobbing sessions to that song.
soupdupcosmogrl 12th-Jun-2014 03:46 pm (UTC)
No One Needs to Know, Don't Be Stupid, You Win My Love... pretty much everything from The Woman In Me.
rebeljean 12th-Jun-2014 01:44 am (UTC)

She really needs to make a comeback. Call up Carrie and Taylor's producers if you don't want to work with your cheating ex.
lr489 12th-Jun-2014 01:44 am (UTC)
This TALENTED, smart, beautiful FEMINIST!!!!! when will ur faves ONTD
nashiouji Favorite memories of the 90s?12th-Jun-2014 01:44 am (UTC)
Power Ranger ice creams with the gumball eyes lol.

I'm boring, I know.
cameltoee Re: Favorite memories of the 90s?12th-Jun-2014 01:48 am (UTC)
there were these ice cream bars called "buried treasure" and I honestly don't even remember what they taste or look like, but I just know I begged for my grandma to buy me one every time I went grocery shopping with her
nashiouji Re: Favorite memories of the 90s?12th-Jun-2014 02:00 am (UTC)
awe man, now i'm curious as to what it tastes like! .___.
_twenty Re: Favorite memories of the 90s?12th-Jun-2014 01:52 am (UTC)
no responsibilities
hardinthecity Re: Favorite memories of the 90s?12th-Jun-2014 01:53 am (UTC)
i miss spice girls lollipops, they were my fave
and when the syfy scifi channel had good anime and mst3000 on the weekends
josiefier Re: Favorite memories of the 90s?12th-Jun-2014 01:58 am (UTC)
Oh man... Field Day at school, Saturdays in the mid-90s spent at my favorite arcade, DIPPIN DOTS, Discovery Zone, Saturday morning cartoons on FoxKids, and TGIF and SNiCK.
nashiouji Re: Favorite memories of the 90s?12th-Jun-2014 02:01 am (UTC)
Also forgot: CToons was my shittt.
psych_chica Re: Favorite memories of the 90s?12th-Jun-2014 02:03 am (UTC)
T.G.I.F., Pretty much all Nick/Snick shows, WWF (which may have been 80's, not too sure) ice cream bars, Pogs, Pokemon, Gak, etc.
squirrelsarerad Re: Favorite memories of the 90s?12th-Jun-2014 02:50 am (UTC)
I loved those popsicles, except the ones I got were Marios with bubblegum noses or gloves with bubblegum baseballs.

Edited at 2014-06-12 02:51 am (UTC)
ialmrnt5 12th-Jun-2014 01:45 am (UTC)
bless the shania stans of ONTD, i love shania/garth/etc. that time in country music was rly good

i also just marathoned nashville & it got me into old country music
pepe_lepuck 12th-Jun-2014 01:46 am (UTC)
Her albums were played none stop when I was younger. My mom use to let me play it in the car and we would get crazy looks cause it was a black lady and her little girl killin "If You're Not In It For Love" Lmao Between Al Green, Ginuwine, BSB and her...I had an odd mix on my tapes Lmao

I will always love this performance:

stellar_ball 12th-Jun-2014 01:53 am (UTC)
lol, I remember when I was little/younger i was like, FROM THIS MOMENT IS SO GOING TO BE MY WEDDING SONG. THIS OPNION WILL NEVER CHANGE.
solookup 12th-Jun-2014 02:07 am (UTC)
omg what is this. I may need to pause Lana for this.
laurapalmer 12th-Jun-2014 03:29 am (UTC)
YESSSSSS, I fucking loved this version.
dedebee 12th-Jun-2014 03:34 am (UTC)
I remember I bought her cd like a year after it came out so I only knew the radio (solo) version of this song. The "WTF????" look I had on my face when I heard the original version the first time....
lalameanslove 12th-Jun-2014 03:40 am (UTC)
ummmm why have I never fucking seen this flawlessness
jessiedwheelie 12th-Jun-2014 04:27 am (UTC)
This 90s realness tho
nicolaroberts 12th-Jun-2014 01:47 am (UTC)
weird as shit to see my gifs on here
_twenty 12th-Jun-2014 01:53 am (UTC)
wow, what a flawless gif set neckola
insecuredesign 12th-Jun-2014 01:47 am (UTC)
Her concert was my first concert ever! I remember being so excited to see her. I still remember her early songs word for word lol
soupdupcosmogrl 12th-Jun-2014 03:47 pm (UTC)
omg, I wanted to see her. I think my brother did more than once.
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