Travis Tritt scored a leading nine nominations on the first ballot for the 37th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards, to be handed out May 21 in Los Angeles and broadcast live on CBS. Brooks &

Travis Tritt scored a leading nine nominations on the first ballot for the 37th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards, to be handed out May 21 in Los Angeles and broadcast live on CBS. Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, and Tim McGraw were close behind with eight nominations, while Alan Jackson and Diamond Rio garnered six a piece.

Tritt will battle for entertainer of the year, top male vocalist, album of the year for the Columbia set "Down the Road I Go," and song of the year for "It's a Great Day To Be Alive," among other nominations. Brooks & Dunn's Arista set "Steers and Stripes" is also up for album of the year, with "Only in America" earning a song of the year nod. As co-composer of that track, Kix Brooks earned a solo nomination as well

Garth Brooks and Lonestar received nominated in four categories, while Tammy Cochran garnered five separate nominations in three categories. Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Cyndi Thomson, Aaron Tippin, and Trisha Yearwood each pulled in four nominations in three categories. Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry, and Brad Paisley scored three nominations each, while Carolyn Dawn Johnson picked up three nominations in two categories.

Jessica Andrews, Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Steve Holy, George Jones, Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire, Jo Dee Messina, Nickel Creek, Jamie O'Neal, Buck Owens, Blake Shelton, Trick Pony, and the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack all scored two nominations.

The final five nominees for 15 of the 18 ACM categories will be announced at a press conference in Los Angeles during the week of March 11. Three nominees in the top new female, top new male, and top new vocal duo/group categories will also be announced at that time.

For a full list of first ballot nominees for the 37th annual ACM Awards, visit the event's official Web site.