> Album: Drive
> Artist: Alan Jackson
Alan Jackson defeated Alison Krauss & Union Station, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, and George Strait to win the CMA Album of the Year in 2002. The most famous song from “Drive” is “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” that transmitted the hurt, sadness, and chaos following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. That song topped Billboard’s Hot Country Songs for five weeks. “Drive” was one of Jackson’s 16 No. 1 albums on Billboard’s country chart.
> Album: American IV: The Man Comes Around
> Artist: Johnny Cash
Thirty-four years after winning Album of the Year for his record “Johnny Cash at San Quentin,” the Man in Black again won the award for his Rick Rubin-produced “American IV: The Man Comes Around.” He would also take home Single of the Year in 2003 for his melancholy cover of the Nine Inch Nails song “Hurt.” Other Album of the Year nominees consisted of Dixie Chicks, Joe Nichols, Tim McGraw, and Toby Keith.
> Album: When the Sun Goes Down
> Artist: Kenny Chesney
“When the Sun Goes Down” was on one of 16 country chart-toppers for Kenny Chesney. The album spent 14 weeks atop the country chart and went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 en route to winning CMA Album of the Year over albums from Gretchen Wilson, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, and Toby Keith. Chesney’s robust tour schedule helped boost the popularity of the album, which debuted at No. 1.
> Album: There’s More Where That Came From
> Artist: Lee Ann Womack
Lee Ann Womack’s sole Album of the Year win was for her country-pop stylings “There’s More Where That Came From” in 2005. She beat Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, and George Strait. Singles from the album include “He Oughta Know That by Now,” “Twenty Years and Two Husbands Ago,” and “I May Hate Myself in the Morning,” which won Single of the Year.
> Album: Time Well Wasted
> Artist: Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley plumbs traditional country music, and as evidenced by his series of insurance commercials with Peyton Manning, has a cheeky side reflected in his music. Paisley’s “Time Well Wasted” was one of nine albums that went to No. 1 on Billboard’s country chart and one of five albums to climb to No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Paisley topped Brooks & Dunn, Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson, and Kenny Chesney for top CMA album honors. Among the album’s highlights are the ballad “Waitin’ on a Woman” and Paisley’s duet with Alan Jackson on “Out in the Parkin’ Lot”.