Brad Paisley and George Strait lead the field with five nominations each for the Country Music Association Awards, to be held Nov. 7 at the Sommet Center 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.”
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.
Horizon Award nominees include Jason Aldean, Rodney Atkins, Little Big Town, Kellie Pickler and Taylor Swift.
The 41st annual CMA Awards will air on ABC. For a full list of nominations, visit the event’s Web site.