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Paisley, Womack Each Score Six CMA Award Nominations
Nominees Announced During New York Press Conference
With Brad Paisley and Lee Ann Womack leading with six nominations each, Keith Urban's superstar potential increased when he and Toby Keith collected four nominations each for this year's CMA Awards.

Womack and Urban announced the list of final nominees Wednesday morning (Sept. 7) at New York City's Time Warner Center during a press conference televised exclusively on CMT. The 39th annual CMA Awards show takes place Nov. 15 at Madison Square Garden.

Notably, the two acts garnering the largest number of nominations did so with two very traditional-sounding singles -- Paisley's "Alcohol" and Womack's "I May Hate Myself in the Morning."

Womack's nominations include female vocalist honors (an award she won in 2001) and an album of the year nod for the hardcore country There's More Where That Came From. "I May Hate Myself in the Morning" netted single and music video nominations, and Womack received two nominations in the musical event category for "Good News, Bad News" (with George Strait) and "I'll Never Be Free" (with Willie Nelson). "I May Hate Myself in the Morning" also resulted in a song of the year nomination for songwriter Odie Blackmon.

In addition to his first-ever entertainer of the year nomination, Paisley is also up for male vocalist and is nominated in the musical event category for "New Again," a track he and Sara Evans recorded for the inspirational album, The Passion of the Christ: Songs. "Alcohol," which Paisley wrote, brought in nominations in the single, song and music video categories.

Urban also collected his first nomination for entertainer of the year. In addition to a male vocalist nomination -- a category he won in 2004 -- he is also nominated for album of the year (for Be Here and music video of the year (for "Days Go By").

Toby Keith's "As Good As I Once Was" is nominated in the single, song and music video categories. He also received an entertainer of the year nomination.

Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Sugarland and Gretchen Wilson received three nominations each. Rascal Flatts picked up nominations for vocal group, album Feels Like Today and single ("Bless the Broken Road"). In addition to a male vocalist nod, Strait is nominated for album (for Somewhere Down in Texas) and musical event (for his duet with Womack). Sugarland snared its first CMA nominations, including mentions for vocal group of the year and the Horizon honor for newer acts. The trio's "Baby Girl" also got a single of the year nomination. Wilson, 2004's Horizon winner, is nominated for female vocalist, song of the year (for "Redneck Woman," the song she wrote with John Rich of Big & Rich) and music video of the year (for "When I Think About Cheatin'").

Brooks & Dunn will host the CMA Awards, which are being held outside Nashville for the first time in the history of the Country Music Association. The awards show will return to Nashville in 2006.

Following are the final nominees:

Entertainer of the Year

Kenny Chesney

Alan Jackson

Toby Keith

Brad Paisley

Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year

Sara Evans

Alison Krauss

Martina McBride

Gretchen Wilson

Lee Ann Womack

Male Vocalist of the Year

Kenny Chesney

Alan Jackson

Brad Paisley

George Strait

Keith Urban

Horizon Award

Dierks Bentley

Big & Rich

Miranda Lambert

Julie Roberts

Sugarland

Vocal Group of the Year

Alison Krauss & Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas

Diamond Rio

Lonestar

Rascal Flatts

Sugarland

Vocal Duo of the Year

Big & Rich

Brooks & Dunn

Montgomery Gentry

Van Zant

The Warren Brothers

Single of the Year

(Award Goes to Artist and Producer)

"Alcohol"

Artist: Brad Paisley

Producer: Frank Rogers

Arista Nashville

"As Good As I Once Was"

Artist: Toby Keith

Producers: Toby Keith, James Stroud

DreamWorks Records Nashville

"Baby Girl"

Artist: Sugarland

Producer: Garth Fundis

Mercury Records Nashville

"Bless the Broken Road"

Artist: Rascal Flatts

Producers: Mark Bright, Rascal Flatts, Marty Williams

Lyric Street Records

"I May Hate Myself in the Morning"

Artist: Lee Ann Womack

Producer: Byron Gallimore

MCA Nashville

Album of the Year

(Award Goes to Artist and Producer)

Be Here

Artist: Keith Urban

Producers: Dann Huff, Keith Urban

Capitol Records Nashville

Feels Like Today

Artist: Rascal Flatts

Producers: Mark Bright, Rascal Flatts, Marty Williams

Lyric Street Records

Live Like You Were Dying

Artist: Tim McGraw

Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw, Darran Smith

Curb Records

Somewhere Down in Texas

Artist: George Strait

Producers: Tony Brown, George Strait

MCA Nashville

There's More Where That Came From

Artist: Lee Ann Womack

Producers: Greg Droman, Byron Gallimore

MCA Nashville

Song of the Year

(Award Goes to Songwriter and Primary Publisher)

"Alcohol"

Songwriter: Brad Paisley

Publishers: EMI April, Sea Gayle Music

"As Good As I Once Was"

Songwriters: Scotty Emerick, Toby Keith

Publishers: Tokeco Tunes, Sony/ATV Songs, Big Yellow Dog Music, Florida Cracker Music

"Bless the Broken Road"

Songwriters: Bobby Boyd, Jeff Hanna, Marcus Hummon

Publishers: Careers-BMG Music, Floyd's Dream Music, Jeff Diggs Music

"I May Hate Myself in the Morning"

Songwriter: Odie Blackmon

Publisher: Cal IV Songs

"Redneck Woman"

Songwriters: John Rich, Gretchen Wilson

Publishers: Sony/ATV, Cross Keys, Hoosiermama Music, WB Music

"Whiskey Lullaby"

Songwriters: Bill Anderson, Jon Randall

Publishers: Sony/ATV, Mr. Bubba Music, Reynsong, Wha Ya Say Music


Musical Event of the Year

"Good News, Bad News"

George Strait With Lee Ann Womack

MCA Nashville

"I'll Never Be Free"

Willie Nelson With Lee Ann Womack

Lost Highway Records

"New Again"

Brad Paisley and Sara Evans

Wind Up Records

"Party for Two"

Shania Twain With Billy Currington

Mercury Records Nashville

"Trip Around the Sun"

Jimmy Buffett With Martina McBride

RCA Records

Music Video of the Year

(Award Goes to Artist and Director)

"Alcohol"

Artist: Brad Paisley

Director: Jim Shea

"As Good As I Once Was"

Artist: Toby Keith

Director: Michael Salomon

"Days Go By"

Artist: Keith Urban

Director: Wayne Isham

"I May Hate Myself in the Morning"

Artist: Lee Ann Womack

Director: Trey Fanjoy

"When I Think About Cheatin'"

Artists: Gretchen Wilson

Directors: Robert Deaton, George J. Flanigen IV

Musician of the Year

Jerry Douglas -- Dobro

Paul Franklin -- Steel Guitar

Dann Huff -- Electric Guitar

Brent Mason -- Guitar/Electric Guitar

Randy Scruggs -- Guitar/Mandolin
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