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Kenny Chesney gains seven CMA nominations

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 – Kenny Chesney scored seven Country Music Association award nominations apiece Wednesday, including entertainer of the year and male vocalist of the year. Sugarland and George Strait earnered five nominations, while Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson captured four.

Nominated for entertainer of the year were:
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Sugarland
Keith Urban

Album of the year:
"Carnival Ride" by Carrie Underwood
"Cowboy Town" by Brooks & Dunn
"Good Time by Alan Jackson
"Just Who I Am Poets and Pirates" by Kenny Chesney
"Troubadour" by George Strait

Group of the year nominations:
The Eagles
Emerson Drive
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts

Best male vocalist nominations were:
Kenny Chesney
Alan Jackson
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Keith Urban

Best female vocalist nominations were:
Alison Krauss
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Musician of the year
Jerry Douglas - Dobro
Paul Franklin - steel
Dana Huff - guitar
Brent Mason - guitar
Mac McAnally - guitar

Single of the year
Don't Blink by Kenny Chesney
Gunpowder & Lead - Miranda Lambert
I Saw God Today - George Strait
Stay - Sugarland
You're Gonna Miss This - Trace Adkins

Song (given to songwriter)
Good Time - Alan Jackson
I Saw God Today - George Strait
Letter To Me - Brad Paisley
Stay - Sugarland
You're Gonna Miss This - Trace Adkins

Song Event
Every Other Weekend - Reba McEntire and Kenny Chesney
Another Try - Josh Turner and Trisha Yearwood
Gone Gone Gone - Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Life in a Northern Town - Sugarland, Little Big Town, Jake Owen
Shift Work - Kenny Chesney and George Strait

Music video
Don't Blink - Kenny Chesney
Good Time - Alan Jackson
Stay - Sugarland
Waitin on a Woman - Brad Paisley
You're Gonna Miss This - Trace Adkins

Vocal duo
Big & Rich
Brooks & EDunn
Montgomery Gentry
Sugarland
The Wreckers

New artist
Jason Aldean
Rodney Atkins
Lady Antebellum
James Otto
Kellie Pickler

I can't believe it," Swift said. "I'm so excited. To be nomninated...I'm having a really good day....It's awesome."

In a statement issued later, Swift said, "This was definitely a day worth getting up really early for. Hearing my name called in the Female Vocalist category was a dream come true."

Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles said, "I almost spilled my tea this morning as I was watching and the nominations kept being added. Being in the 'Entertainer Of The Year' category is such an honor. We've been lucky enough to be out on the road with Kenny Chesney for a couple of tours over the last two years. Looks like rock by osmosis really does work."

Other half Kristian Bush said, "I just finished watching the nomination announcements on TV from my sofa at home, and it is simultaneously humbling and encouraging to be in such amazing company as we are in all of the categories. It is one thing to play shows every week of the year and imagine ourselves striving to become Entertainers of the Year and another thing all together to have the voting members of the CMA believe that it is possible. Simply awesome."

"I couldn't believe it," said Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott. "Not worthy."

I've never been nominated for anything," said Otto. "This is unbelievable...This is a dream come true for me."

The nominations were announced Wednesday morning by Rascal Flatts and Swift. Additional nominations will be announced later Wednesday. The 42nd annual CMAs willl be held Nov. 12 in Nashville.

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