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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
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