Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 1:00am

Lee Ann Womack and the Dixie Chicks dominated the awards, but Barbara Mandrell stole the show Wednesday night at the 36th annual Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM).

Mandrell, who officially retired from performing music in 1997, was given the Pioneer Award for her remarkable achievements as a vocalist and instrumentalist. She barely kept her composure during a segment that profiled her career, including the comeback from a devastating auto accident. When she took the stage to accept the award, there was genuine, exuberant applause and response.

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