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Gretchen Wilson Continues a Strong Year With Five Nominations
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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
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