Brad Paisley and George Strait lead the field with five nominations each for the Country Music Association Awards, which take place in November in Nashville. Paisley is up for entertainer, male vocalist, album (for “5th Gear”), single (for "Ticks”) and video (for “Online”), which was directed by actor-turned-video director Jason Alexander.

Strait, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame last year, is also up for entertainer, male vocalist and single (for “Wrapped"), as well as album (for “it Just Comes Natural") and musical event for the live version of “Hey Good Lookin’" with Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson. Songwriters Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon and Jamey Johnson were nominated for song of the year for Strait’s “Give It Away.” The announcements were made a press conference in Nashville today.

Meanwhile, reigning entertainer of the year Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss and Martina McBride each received four nominations and Big & Rich’s John Rich, reigning female vocalist Carrie Underwood and three-time male vocalist Keith Urban each scored three nods each.

Horizon Award nominees include Jason Aldean, Rodney Atkins, Little Big Town, Kellie Pickler and Taylor Swift.

The 41st Annual CMA Awards will take place Nov. 7 at the Sommet Center in Nashville. The show will air on ABC.

Here’s a complete list of all the nominees:

Entertainer:
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Rascal Flatts
George Strait
Keith Urban

Female vocalist:
Alison Krauss
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Reba McEntire
Carrie Underwood

Male vocalist:
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Josh Turner
Keith Urban

Horizon award:
Jason Aldean
Rodney Atkins
Little Big Town
Kellie Pickler
Taylor Swift

Vocal group:
Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas
Dixie Chicks
Emerson Drive
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts

Vocal duo:
Big & Rich
Brooks & Dunn
Montgomery Gentry
Sugarland
The Wreckers

Single:
(Award goes to artist and producer)

"Anyway"
Martina McBride
Produced by Martina McBride
RCA Records

"Before He Cheats"
Carrie Underwood
Produced by Mark Bright
19 Recordings Limited/Arista Records

"Lost In This Moment"
Big & Rich
Produced by Big Kenny and John Rich
Warner Bros. Nashville

"Ticks"
Brad Paisley
Produced by Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois
Arista Nashville

"Wrapped"
George Strait
Produced by Tony Brown and George Strait
MCA Nashville

Album:
(Award goes to artist and producer)

“5th Gear”
Brad Paisley
Produced by Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois
Arista Nashville

“It Just Comes Natural”
George Strait
Produced by Tony Brown and George Strait
MCA Nashville

“Long Trip Alone”
Dierks Bentley
Produced by Brett Beavers
Capitol Records Nashville

“Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing”
Keith Urban
Produced by Dann Huff and Keith Urban
Capitol Records Nashville

“These Days”
Vince Gill
Produced by Vince Gill, John Hobbs and Justin Niebank
MCA Nashville

Song:
(Award goes to songwriter and primary publisher)
"Anyway"
Martina McBride/Brad Warren/Brett Warren
Delemmava Music/Bucky and Clyde Music

"Before He Cheats"
Josh Kear/Chris Tompkins
That Little House Music/Mighty Under Dog Music/Sony/ATV Cross Keys

"Give It Away"
Bill Anderson/Buddy Cannon/Jamey Johnson
Sony/ATV Tree/Mr. Bubba Music/Slow Run Music/EMI Blackwood

"Lost In This Moment"
John Rich/Keith Anderson/Rodney Clawson
Rich Texan Music/Warner-Tamerlane/Writer's Extreme/
EMI April Music/Romeo Cowboy

"Stupid Boy"
Dave Berg/Deanna Bryant/Sarah Buxton
Song Planet/That Little House Music/Cal IV Songs/ BergBrain Music

Musical event:
(award to each artist)
Reba McEntire with Kelly Clarkson
"Because of You"
MCA Nashville

Tracy Lawrence featuring Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney
"Find Out Who Your Friends Are"
Rocky Comfort Records/CO5

Jimmy Buffett with George Strait and Alan Jackson
"Hey Good Lookin'" (Live)
MCA Nashville

Alison Krauss and John Waite
"Missing You"
Rounder Records

Vince Gill with guest vocalist Alison Krauss
"The Reason Why"
MCA Nashville

Music video:
(Award goes to artist and director)

"Anyway" Martina McBride
Directed by Robert Deaton and George J. Flanigen IV

"Before He Cheats" Carrie Underwood
Directed by Roman White

"Moments" Emerson Drive
Directed by Steven Goldmann

"Online" Brad Paisley
Directed by Jason Alexander

"You Save Me" Kenny Chesney
Directed by Shaun Silva

Musician:
Eddie Bayers, Jr. - drums
Jerry Douglas - dobro
Dann Huff - guitar
Mac McAnally - guitar
Randy Scruggs - guitar

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