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Brad Paisley, George Strait Lead Field of CMA Award Nominees
Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride Reel in Four Nominations Each
Photo Credit: David McClister
With five nominations each, Brad Paisley and George Strait will be the top contenders at the 41st annual CMA Awards show. Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss and Martina McBride received four nominations each while John Rich, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban racked up three each for the Nov. 7 awards show.

The nominees were announced in New York and Nashville

Sara Evans and Sugarland revealed the final nominees in five of the 12 categories Thursday morning (Aug. 30) in New York during an appearance on Good Morning America. Taylor Swift and Montgomery Gentry were at Nashville's Sommet Center to announce the other finalists during a live press conference that aired as a special edition of CMT Insider.

Paisley and Strait are both nominated for entertainer of the year, male vocalist and album of the year. In addition to his album nomination for 5th Gear, Paisley's "Ticks" is nominated for single of the year and "Online" is up for video of the year. The video also provided a CMA nomination for Seinfeld actor Jason Alexander, Paisley's friend who directed and appears in the production. Strait's album nomination is for It Just Comes Natural, and he's also nominated for single of the year (for "Wrapped) and musical event of the year for his collaboration with Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson on a live version of Hank Williams' "Hey Good Lookin'."

The 2007 CMA Awards show takes place at the Sommet Center and will be telecast live on ABC.



Here's a complete list of this year's CMA nominees:

Entertainer of the Year

Kenny Chesney

Brad Paisley

Rascal Flatts

George Strait

Keith Urban


Female Vocalist

Alison Krauss

Miranda Lambert

Martina McBride

Reba McEntire

Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist

Kenny Chesney

Brad Paisley

George Strait

Josh Turner

Keith Urban


Vocal Group

Alison Krauss & Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas

Dixie Chicks

Emerson Drive

Little Big Town

Rascal Flatts

Vocal Duo

Big & Rich

Brooks & Dunn

Montgomery Gentry

Sugarland

The Wreckers

Horizon Award

Jason Aldean

Rodney Atkins

Little Big Town

Kellie Pickler

Taylor Swift

Album of the Year

(Award goes to artist and producer.)

5th Gear

Brad Paisley

Producers: Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois

Arista Nashville

It Just Comes Natural

George Strait

Producers: Tony Brown and George Strait

MCA Nashville

Long Trip Alone

Dierks Bentley

Producer: Brett Beavers

Capitol Records Nashville


Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing

Keith Urban

Producers: Dann Huff and Keith Urban

Capitol Records Nashville

These Days

Vince Gill

Producers: Vince Gill, John Hobbs and Justin Niebank

MCA Nashville

Single of the Year

(Award goes to artist and producer.)


"Anyway"

Artist: Martina McBride

Producer: Martina McBride

RCA Records

"Before He Cheats"

Artist: Carrie Underwood

Producer: Mark Bright

19 Recordings Limited/Arista Records

"Lost in This Moment"

Artist: Big & Rich

Producers: Big Kenny and John Rich

Warner Bros. Nashville

"Ticks"

Artist: Brad Paisley

Producers: Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois

Arista Nashville

"Wrapped"

Artist: George Strait

Producers: Tony Brown and George Strait

MCA Nashville

Song of the Year

(Award goes to songwriter and primary publisher.)

"Anyway"

Songwriters: Martina McBride, Brad Warren and Brett Warren

Publishers: Delemmava Music, Bucky and Clyde Music

"Before He Cheats"

Songwriters: Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins

Publishers: That Little House Music, Mighty Under Dog Music and Sony/ATV Cross Keys

"Give It Away"

Songwriters: Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon and Jamey Johnson

Publishers: Sony, ATV Tree, Mr. Bubba Music, Slow Run Music and EMI Blackwood

"Lost in This Moment"

Songwriters: John Rich, Keith Anderson and Rodney Clawson

Publishers: Rich Texan Music, Warner-Tamerlane, Writer's Extreme,
EMI April Music and Romeo Cowboy

"Stupid Boy"

Songwriters: Dave Berg, Deanna Bryant and Sarah Buxton

Publishers: Song Planet, That Little House Music, Cal IV Songs and BergBrain Music


Musical Event

"Because of You"

Artists: Reba McEntire With Kelly Clarkson

MCA Nashville

"Find Out Who Your Friends Are"

Artists: Tracy Lawrence Featuring Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney

Rocky Comfort Records, CO5

"Hey Good Lookin'" (Live)

Artists: Jimmy Buffett With George Strait and Alan Jackson

MCA Nashville

Artists: Alison Krauss and John Waite

"Missing You"

Rounder Records

"The Reason Why"

Artists: Vince Gill With Guest Vocalist Alison Krauss

MCA Nashville

Music Video of the Year

(Award goes to artist and director)

"Anyway"

Artist: Martina McBride

Directors: Robert Deaton and George J. Flanigen IV

"Before He Cheats"

Artist: Carrie Underwood

Director: Roman White

"Moments"

Artist: Emerson Drive

Director: Steven Goldmann

"Online"

Artist: Brad Paisley

Director: Jason Alexander

"You Save Me"

Artist: Kenny Chesney

Director: Shaun Silva

Musician

Eddie Bayers Jr. -- Drums

Jerry Douglas -- Dobro

Dann Huff -- Guitar

Mac McAnally -- Guitar

Randy Scruggs -- Guitar
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