Paisley, Womack Lead CMA Nominees
With six nominations each, Brad Paisley and Lee Ann Womack are in front of the field for the 2005 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. Toby Keith and Keith Urban each netted four nods, while SugarlWith six nominations each, Brad Paisley and Lee Ann Womack are in front of the field for the 2005 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. Toby Keith and Keith Urban each netted four nods, while Sugarland, Rascal Flatts, George Strait and Gretchen Wilson landed three.
As previously reported, the 39th annual event will take place outside of its usual Nashville home, making the trek north to New York. The three-hour Nov. 15 ceremony at Madison Square Garden will be hosted by vocal duo of the year nominees Brooks & Dunn and broadcast live on CBS.
A three-time CMA Award winner, Womack netted nominations for female vocalist of the year, album of the year for "There's More Where That Came From" (MCA Nashville) and single and music video of the year for "I May Hate Myself in the Morning," which also received a song of the year nod for songwriter Odie Blackmon. She pulled down two notices in the musical event of the year category for duets with Strait ("Good News, Bad News") and Willie Nelson ("I'll Never Be Free").
Five-time CMA winner Paisley is up for the coveted entertainer of the year award, where he'll compete against Keith, Urban, Kenny Chesney and Alan Jackson. Paisley is also up for the male vocalist prize, single, song and music video of the Year for "Alcohol" and will go head-to-head with Womack for the musical event of the year trophy for "New Again," a duet with Sara Evans.
Additionally, "Whiskey Lullaby," a song for which Paisley and Alison Krauss won the musical event and music video awards last year, generated song of the year nominations for songwriters Bill Anderson and Jon Randall this time around. (Click here to view the full list of nominees.)
For the first time, the CMA Awards will be open to the public, with tickets priced at $250 going on sale Sept. 17 via Ticketmaster and the MSG box office.
"Having the CMA Awards in a venue the size of Madison Square Garden allows us to offer the public a chance to attend this very exclusive event," says CMA executive director Ed Benson.
Leading up to the awards, the CMA and NYC Big Events have partnered for "Country Takes NYC," a week that will boast days dedicated to country-related culinary, education, history, fashion, sports and culture events. Additionally, a "Broadway Meets Country" charity event will be staged Nov. 12 at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
"This special concert, performed by some of the superstars from both worlds, will not only highlight the similarities and universality of these two seemingly different genres, but also help expand the audience for each style of music," says League of American Theatres and Producers president Jed Bernstein.
The cabaret-style show will feature Womack and fellow country artists Trace Adkins, Raul Malo and Trisha Yearwood joining with theater stars Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Bernadette Peters and Patrick Wilson to raise money for the Actors' Fund of America and the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.