McGraw, Chesney and Keith Are Billboard Finalists

Tim McGraw is a Billboard Music Awards finalist in four categories. He competes for male albums artist of the year, country artist of the year, male country artist of the year and country album of the year, for his Greatest Hits collection.

His wife, Faith Hill , competes against McGraw for country album of the year. Her Breathe qualifies for the honor.

McGraw will sing “Angel Boy” (not “Angry All the Time” as originally announced) on the 2001 Billboard Music Awards, airing live from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Arena at 8 p.m. ET next Tuesday (Dec. 4) on Fox television.

Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith each are finalists in three categories. Awards are based on Billboard’s year-end charts. Winners are determined by record sales and radio airplay.

Country finalists include:

Country artist of the year
Kenny Chesney
Toby Keith
Tim McGraw
Travis Tritt

Male country artist of the year
Kenny Chesney
Toby Keith
Tim McGraw
Travis Tritt

Female country artist of the year
Sara Evans
Jo Dee Messina
Jamie O’Neal
Lee Ann Womack

Country artist of the year — duo/group
Brooks & Dunn
Diamond Rio
Dixie Chicks
Lonestar

New country artist of the year
Jamie O’Neal
Trick Pony
Blake Shelton
Cyndi Thomson

Country album of the year
Breathe — Faith Hill
Greatest Hits — Tim McGraw
Coyote Ugly soundtrack — Various Artists
O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack — Various Artists

Country single of the year
“Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You” — Brooks & Dunn
“Don’t Happen Twice” — Kenny Chesney
“You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This” — Toby Keith
“It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” — Travis Tritt