Carrie Underwood, the Dixie Chicks, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland scored a leading three nominations each for the 2007 CMT Music Awards, to be held April 16 at Nashville's Curb Event Cent

Carrie Underwood, the Dixie Chicks, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland scored a leading three nominations each for the 2007 CMT Music Awards, to be held April 16 at Nashville's Curb Event Center. Voting begins today (Feb. 1) on CMT.com; eight nominees in each category will be whittled to four by Feb. 28.

This year introduces the new Wide Open country video of the year category, nominees for which include Jimmy Buffett's "Bama Breeze," Sheryl Crow and Sting's "Always on Your Side" and Willie Nelson's "You Don't Know Me." The honor is intended for "artists who stretch the boundaries of mainstream country music," according to CMT.

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy will host the show for the third straight year.

Here are the initial nominees for the CMT Music Awards:

Video of the year:
Carrie Underwood - "Before He Cheats"
Dixie Chicks - "Not Ready To Make Nice"
George Strait - "The Seashores of Old Mexico"
Keith Urban - "Once In a Lifetime"
Kenny Chesney - "You Save Me"
Rascal Flatts - "What Hurts the Most"
Sugarland - "Want To"
Toby Keith - "A Little Too Late"

Male video of the year:
Alan Jackson - "Like Red on a Rose"
Dierks Bentley - "Long Trip Alone"
George Strait - "The Seashores of Old Mexico"
Josh Turner - "Would You Go With Me"
Keith Urban - "Once in a Lifetime"
Kenny Chesney - "You Save Me"
Tim McGraw - "My Little Girl"
Toby Keith - "A Little Too Late"

Female video of the year:
Carrie Underwood - "Before He Cheats"
Faith Hill - "Stealing Kisses"
Gretchen Wilson - "California Girls"
LeAnn Rimes - "Some People"
Lee Ann Womack - "Finding My Way Back Home"
Reba McEntire - "Love Needs a Holiday"
Sara Evans - "You'll Always Be My Baby"
Taylor Swift - "Tim McGraw"

Group video of the year:
Alison Krauss and Union Station - "If I Didn't Know Any Better"
Dixie Chicks - "Not Ready To Make Nice"
Emerson Drive - "Moments"
Little Big Town - "Good as Gone"
Lonestar - "Mountains"
Rascal Flatts - "Life Is a Highway"
Rascal Flatts - "What Hurts the Most"
SHeDAISY - "In Terms of Love"

Duo video of the year:
Big & Rich - "8th Of November"
Brooks & Dunn - "Building Bridges"
Brooks & Dunn - "Hillbilly Deluxe"
Montgomery Gentry - "Some People Change"
Sugarland - "Settlin'"
Sugarland - "Want To"
The Wreckers - "Leave the Pieces"
Van Zant - "Things I Miss the Most"

Breakthrough video of the year:
Ashley Monroe - "I Don't Want To"
Chris Young - "Drinkin' Me Lonely"
Danielle Peck - "Findin' A Good Man"
Jake Owen - "Yee Haw"
Jason Aldean - "Amarillo Sky"
Kellie Pickler - "Red High Heels"
Taylor Swift - "Tim McGraw"
The Wreckers - "Leave The Pieces"

Wide Open country video of the year:
Alison Krauss and Union Station - "If I Didn't Know Any Better"
Jack Ingram - "Love You"
Jimmy Buffett - "Bama Breeze"
Johnny Cash - "God's Gonna Cut you Down"
Pat Green - "Dixie Lullaby"
Sheryl Crow and Sting - "Always On Your Side"
Shooter Jennings - "Gone To Carolina"
Willie Nelson - "You Don't Know Me"

Director of the year:
Charles Mehling / Dierks Bentley - "Long Trip Alone"
David McClister / LeAnn Rimes - "Some People"
Paul Boyd / Gary Allan - "Life Ain't Always Beautiful"
Roman White / Carrie Underwood - "Before He Cheats"
Shaun Silva / Kenny Chesney - "You Save Me"
Sophie Muller / Dixie Chicks - "Not Ready To Make Nice"
Sophie Muller / Faith Hill - "Stealing Kisses"
Wes Edwards / Jason Aldean - "Amarillo Sky"