Awards to be held Nov. 6.
Brooks & Dunn and Arista Nashville labelmate Brad Paisley dominated the field with six nominations each for the 40th annual Country Music Association awards, which will be held Nov. 6 in Nashville.
In fact, the nomination riches were spread among a select few. Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood each picked up four nominations, while Rascal Flatts and Dolly Parton scored three each.
Big & Rich, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Sugarland and Gretchen Wilson were all nominated for two awards.
Meanwhile, two non-country acts picked up nominations in the musical event category. Bon Jovi was nominated with Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles for their collaboration on "Who Says You Can't Go Home," while Sheryl Crow picked up a nod for adding guest vocals (along with Vince Gill) on Brooks & Dunn's "Building Bridges."
In addition, musician/producer Harold Bradley, singer Sonny James and entertainer George Strait will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. At the age of 54, Strait is one of the youngest to be inducted into the Hall. The late Chet Atkins was 49 years old when he was inducted in 1973.
The CMA awards show will be hosted for the third time by Brooks & Dunn. The event will be broadcast from the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville on ABC.