09/22/1998 AT 12:00 AM EDT
Wednesday's Academy of Country Music Awards at the Universal Amphitheater in Hollywood was a night for a pair of pairs: Tim McGraw (one of PEOPLE's sexy men) and his wife, Faith Hill (one of PEOPLE's 50 Most Beautiful People) were named top male and female performer, respectively, while Clint Black and wife Lisa Hartman Black sang a duet ("When I Said I Do," the song which earned Black the award for vocal event of the year). The Dixie Chicks won as best group and for best album ("Fly") -- claiming that category for the second consecutive year -- while country stars Shania Twain (named entertainer of the year) and Garth Brooks were notable in their absences. As hostess, Dolly Parton was her typical bawdy self. "We're both 35 years old," Dolly said of Country Music's 35th annual awards show. "Well, parts of me are, anyway."
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