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Country Music Award Nominations Announced!

The 41st Annual Country Music Award nominations were announced today, with Brad Paisley and George Strait leading the pack with five nods each. Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss and Martina McBride each received four nominations while John Rich, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban got three a piece. Kellie Pickler may or may not be smarter than a fifth grader, but she got a CMA nomination today!

Chesney won Entertainer of the Year at May's Academy of Country Music Awards, so if that's any indication he'll probably do well here too. To see the full list of nominees just

Entertainer of the Year
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Rascal Flatts
George Strait
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist
Alison Krauss
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Reba McEntire
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Josh Turner
Keith Urban

Vocal Group
Alison Krauss & Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas
Dixie Chicks
Emerson Drive
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts

Vocal Duo
Big & Rich
Brooks & Dunn
Montgomery Gentry
The Wreckers

Horizon Award
Jason Aldean
Rodney Atkins
Little Big Town
Kellie Pickler
Taylor Swift

Album of the Year

5th Gear
Brad Paisley
Producers: Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois
Arista Nashville

It Just Comes Natural
George Strait
Producers: Tony Brown and George Strait
MCA Nashville

Long Trip Alone
Dierks Bentley
Producer: Brett Beavers
Capitol Records Nashville

Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing
Keith Urban
Producers: Dann Huff and Keith Urban
Capitol Records Nashville

These Days
Vince Gill
Producers: Vince Gill, John Hobbs and Justin Niebank
MCA Nashville

Single of the Year

Artist: Martina McBride
Producer: Martina McBride
RCA Records

"Before He Cheats"
Artist: Carrie Underwood
Producer: Mark Bright
19 Recordings Limited/Arista Records

"Lost in This Moment"
Artist: Big & Rich
Producers: Big Kenny and John Rich
Warner Bros. Nashville

Artist: Brad Paisley
Producers: Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois
Arista Nashville

Artist: George Strait
Producers: Tony Brown and George Strait
MCA Nashville

Song of the Year

Songwriters: Martina McBride, Brad Warren and Brett Warren
Publishers: Delemmava Music, Bucky and Clyde Music

"Before He Cheats"
Songwriters: Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins
Publishers: That Little House Music, Mighty Under Dog Music and Sony/ATV Cross Keys

"Give It Away"
Songwriters: Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon and Jamey Johnson
Publishers: Sony, ATV Tree, Mr. Bubba Music, Slow Run Music and EMI Blackwood

"Lost in This Moment"
Songwriters: John Rich, Keith Anderson and Rodney Clawson
Publishers: Rich Texan Music, Warner-Tamerlane, Writer's Extreme, EMI April Music and Romeo Cowboy

"Stupid Boy"
Songwriters: Dave Berg, Deanna Bryant and Sarah Buxton
Publishers: Song Planet, That Little House Music, Cal IV Songs and BergBrain Music

Musical Event

"Because of You"
Artists: Reba McEntire With Kelly Clarkson
MCA Nashville

"Find Out Who Your Friends Are"
Artists: Tracy Lawrence Featuring Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney
Rocky Comfort Records, CO5

"Hey Good Lookin'" (Live)
Artists: Jimmy Buffett With George Strait and Alan Jackson
MCA Nashville

Artists: Alison Krauss and John Waite
"Missing You"
Rounder Records

"The Reason Why"
Artists: Vince Gill With Guest Vocalist Alison Krauss
MCA Nashville

Music Video of the Year

Artist: Martina McBride
Directors: Robert Deaton and George J. Flanigen IV

"Before He Cheats"
Artist: Carrie Underwood
Director: Roman White

Artist: Emerson Drive
Director: Steven Goldmann

Artist: Brad Paisley
Director: Jason Alexander

"You Save Me"
Artist: Kenny Chesney
Director: Shaun Silva

Eddie Bayers Jr. — Drums
Jerry Douglas — Dobro
Dann Huff — Guitar
Mac McAnally — Guitar
Randy Scruggs — Guitar


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martinagarth martinagarth 7 years
Martina McBride deserves every nomination she got and she should have bee nominated for album and Entertainer. I love her and i can not believe that she did not win any i love her and Sugarland sucks and is way to twangy
JenMN JenMN 9 years
I can't believe Tim McGraw and Faith Hill weren't nominated for Entertainer of the Year. They had one of the most successful tours ---ever--- this summer. B.S.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i am so not up on the newer country stars! i love the older ones, though - and the dixie chicks :D My favorites are Dolly Parton, willie Nelson, and johnny cash
Brians-Girl Brians-Girl 9 years
imm soo excited in oct i get to see taylor swift and brad paisley YAY!! hehe.. and i love love love kenny n keith... ahhhhhh :) and sugarland is awesome as well.. there are so many that i enjoy! i want them all to do welll :)
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
LOOOOOOVE sugarland....they should totally win vocal's time to stop giving it to brooks and dunn every. single. year.
Adrianne Adrianne 9 years
Congrats to the nominees! I'm rooting for Rascal Flatts. :)
ishop2much ishop2much 9 years
Wooohooo! I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, and RASCAL FLATTS put on awesome concerts this year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ♥
musiclvr224 musiclvr224 9 years
Go Carrie!
shoshie shoshie 9 years
Awww, I like Miranda Lambert and that Reba/Kelly duet, so I might give it a watch. Thought it was weird how all the album of the year nominees were men. What, no good albums from women or groups?
JennaV JennaV 9 years
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