Jackson, Keith Top List of CMA Nominees

Gretchen Wilson Continues a Strong Year With Five Nominations

To view photos of Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich announcing the CMA nominees, visit their artist pages at CMT.com.

Thanks to a little boost from Jimmy Buffett, Alan Jackson and Toby Keith lead the field for the 38th annual CMA Awards, but newcomer Gretchen Wilson’s impact on the country industry was readily apparent when the nominees were announced Monday morning (Aug. 30).

Nominations in several categories were announced in New York on CBS-TV’s The Early Show by Kris Kristofferson and the show’s anchor, Hannah Storm. The remaining nominees were revealed live in Nashville by Wilson, Big & Rich and CMT Insider host Katie Cook during a special edition of Insider.

The all-star remake of Hank Williams’ “Hey, Good Lookin’” resulted in video and musical event of the year nominations for Buffett and Jackson, Keith, Kenny Chesney and Clint Black.

All in all, Jackson is nominated in seven categories, including male vocalist and entertainer of the year. He also netted single, song and video of the year nods for “Remember When.” Jackson’s connection with Buffett also led to another video nomination for their collaboration on “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.”

Keith is nominated in a total of six categories, including male vocalist and entertainer of the year. He is also up for single of the year (“I Love This Bar”) and album of the year ( Shock ‘n Y’all). Keith could win two trophies each in the single and album categories for co-producing his work with James Stroud.

Fueled by the phenomenal success of “Redneck Woman,” Wilson is nominated in five categories, including a coveted album of the year mention for her debut, Here for the Party and a Horizon nomination for her career strides. The song also resulted in single and video of the year nominations. Wilson and co-writer John Rich received a song of the year nomination for the hit. Horizon and duo of the year nominations also went to Big & Rich, the duo of Big Kenny and Rich, a former member of Lonestar.

Alison Krauss is also nominated in five categories, including female vocalist, but most of her nominations stem from collaborations. “Whiskey Lullaby,” her recording with Brad Paisley, is nominated for single, video and musical event of the year. Krauss received another musical event nomination for “How’s the World Treating You,” the track she recorded with James Taylor for the album Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’: Songs of the Louvin Brothers.

Including his musical event nomination with Buffett, Chesney is nominated in five categories. On top of male vocalist and entertainer of the year nominations, Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down is up for album of the year. The title track featuring Uncle Kracker is also nominated in the musical event category.

The 38th annual CMA Awards take place Nov. 9 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The show will be telecast live on CBS.

Following are the final nominees for the 38th Annual CMA Awards:

Entertainer of the Year
Brooks & Dunn
Kenny Chesney
Alan Jackson
Toby Keith
Tim McGraw

Female Vocalist of the Year
Terri Clark
Sara Evans
Alison Krauss
Martina McBride
Reba McEntire

Male Vocalist of the Year
Kenny Chesney
Alan Jackson
Toby Keith
George Strait
Keith Urban

Horizon Award
Dierks Bentley
Big & Rich
Julie Roberts
Josh Turner
Gretchen Wilson

Vocal Group of the Year
Alabama
Diamond Rio
Lonestar
Rascal Flatts
Trick Pony

Vocal Duo of the Year
Big & Rich
Blue County
Brooks & Dunn
Montgomery Gentry
The Warren Brothers

Single of the Year
(Award Goes to Artist and Producer)

“I Love This Bar”
Artist: Toby Keith
Producers: Toby Keith, James Stroud
DreamWorks Nashville

“Live Like You Were Dying”
Artist: Tim McGraw
Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw, Darran Smith
Curb Records

“Redneck Woman”
Artist: Gretchen Wilson
Producers: Joe Scaife, Mark Wright
Epic Records

“Remember When”
Artist: Alan Jackson
Producer: Keith Stegall
Arista Nashville

“Whiskey Lullaby”
Artists: Brad Paisley featuring Alison Krauss
Producer: Frank Rogers
Arista Nashville

Album of the Year
(Award Goes to Artist and Producer)

Here for the Party
Artist: Gretchen Wilson
Producers: Joe Scaife, Mark Wright
Epic Records

Mud on the Tires
Artist: Brad Paisley
Producer: Frank Rogers
Arista Nashville

Red Dirt Road
Artist: Brooks & Dunn
Producers: Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Mark Wright
Arista Nashville

Shock’n Y’all
Artist: Toby Keith
Producers: Toby Keith, James Stroud
DreamWorks Nashville

When the Sun Goes Down
Artist: Kenny Chesney
Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
BNA Records

Song of the Year
(Award Goes to Songwriter and Primary Publisher)

“Live Like You Were Dying”
Songwriters: Tim Nichols, Craig Wiseman
Publishers: Warner-Tamerlane, Big Loud Shirt

“Long Black Train”
Songwriter: Josh Turner
Publishers: Sony/ATV Tunes, Drivers Ed Music

“Redneck Woman”
Songwriters: John Rich, Gretchen Wilson
Publishers: Sony/ATV, Cross Keys, Hoosiermama Music, WB Music, Warner-Tamerlane

“Remember When”
Songwriter: Alan Jackson
Publishers: EMI April Music, Tri-Angels Music

“Whiskey Lullaby”
Songwriters: Bill Anderson, Jon Randall
Publishers: Mr. Bubba Music, Reyn Song, Sony/ATV Tree, Wha Ya Say

Musical Event of the Year
“Creepin’ In”
Norah Jones with Dolly Parton
Blue Note Records

“Hey Good Lookin’”
Jimmy Buffett with Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, George Strait
RCA Records

“How’s the World Treating You”
Alison Krauss, James Taylor
Universal South

“When the Sun Goes Down”
Kenny Chesney with Uncle Kracker
BNA Records

“Whiskey Lullaby”
Brad Paisley featuring Alison Krauss
Arista Nashville

Music Video of the Year
(Award Goes to Artist and Director)

“I Love This Bar”
Artist: Toby Keith
Director: Michael Salomon

“It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”
Artists: Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett
Director: Trey Fanjoy

“Redneck Woman”
Artist: Gretchen Wilson
Director: David Hogan

“Remember When”
Artist: Alan Jackson
Director: Trey Fanjoy

“Whiskey Lullaby”
Artists: Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss
Director: Rick Schroder

Musician of the Year
Matt Chamberlain — Drums
Kenny Greenberg — Electric Guitar
Dann Huff — Guitar
Larry Paxton — Guitar
Brent Rowan — Guitar