With ten 2002 nominations to his credit, Alan Jackson has set a record for the most Country Music Association (CMA) Awards nominations in a single year. Jackson's total nods, which include entertainer

With ten 2002 nominations to his credit, Alan Jackson has set a record for the most Country Music Association (CMA) Awards nominations in a single year. Jackson's total nods, which include entertainer and male vocalist of the year, best Merle Haggard's previous record of nine, which he achieved in 1970.

Jackson also pulled in a best album nomination for his Arista Nashville set "Drive," and a vocal event of the year mention with George Strait for their song "Designated Drinker." His songs "Drive (For Daddy Gene)" and "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" each earned nominations for single, song, and video of the year.

"For the CMA members to nominate you for this many awards, it's pretty amazing," Jackson said in a statement. "I was surprised and flattered and shocked and grateful and thankful; the only thing is I've got a lot more to lose at this show than normal."

How Jackson fares will be revealed Nov. 6 during the annual CMA Awards ceremonies at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, which will be broadcast live beginning at 8 p.m. on CBS. The celebration will be hosted for the 11th consecutive year by Vince Gill, whose 18 CMA awards put him above all other artists in the event's 36-year history.

Other multiple nominees include Toby Keith with six, Brad Paisley and Strait with four, and Kenny Chesney and Alison Krauss with three. Pulling in two nominations each were Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, Nickel Creek, and Rascal Flatts. The latter group is a first-time CMA nominee. Other artists earning their first nominations this year are Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Darryl Worley, who are both nominated in the Horizon Award category along with Nickel Creek, Rascal Flatts, and Phil Vassar.

Nominees for the CMA's top award, entertainer of the year, are Brooks & Dunn, Chesney, Jackson, Keith, and Strait. All but Brooks & Dunn are also nominees in the male vocalist category, where the fifth nominee is Paisley. Female vocalist nominees are Sara Evans, Krauss, McBride, Womack, and Trisha Yearwood.

In a rare occurrence, six titles, not the usual five, will vie for the album of the year honor. Jackson's "Drive" will be up against Keith's "Pull My Chain" (DreamWorks), Krauss and Union Station's "New Favorite" (Rounder), Nelson's "Great Divide" (Lost Highway), Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" (BNA), and Strait's "The Road Less Traveled" (MCA Nashville).

Strait is the overall leader in career CMA nominations with 70. Jackson has earned 60 nominations since 1990.

To view the full list of 2002 CMA Awards nominations, click here.

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