A lot of you have probably already heard that Kenny Chesney is at the top of the leader board with seven CMA award nominations this year. But not too far behind him we have George Strait and Sugarland, each with five. Jennifer Nettles, who is also nominated as a songwiter for "Stay," actually has six nominations to her credit. Alan Jackson and Brad Paisley each got four. The award show will air live on CBS on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m.
Nominees in major categories this year include the following:
Entertainer of the year – Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Sugarland and Keith Urban.
New Artist of the year – Jason Aldean, Rodney Atkins, Lady Antebellum, James Otto and Kellie Pickler.
Female Vocalist of the Year – Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.
Male Vocalist of the Year – Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Goerge Strait and Keith Urban.
Vocal Group of the Year – Eagles, Emerson Drive, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Rascal Flatts.
Vocal Duo of the Year – Big & Rich, Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry, Sugarland and The Wreckers.
Single of the Year (this award goes to the artist and producer) – "Don’t Blink," Kenny Chesney, Produced by Buddy Cannon and Kenny Chesney, BNA Records; "Gunpowder & Lead," Miranda Lambert, Produced by Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke, Columbia Records; "I Saw God Today," George Strait, Produced by Tony Brown and George Strait, MCA Nashville; "Stay", Sugarland," Produced by Byron Gallimore, Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles, Mercury Nashville; and "You’re Gonna Miss This," Trace Adkins, Produced by Frank Rogers, Capitol Records, Nashville.
Album of the Year (Award goes to Artist and Producer) – Carnival Ride, Carrie Underwood, Produced by Mark Bright, 19 Records Limited/Artisia Nashville; Cowboy Town, Brooks & Dunn, Produced by Tony Brown, Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks, Arista Nashville; Good Times, Alan Jackson, Produced by Keith Stegall, Arista Nashville; Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates, Kenny Chsney, Produced by Cannon and Kenny Chesney, BNA Records; and Troubadour, George Strait, Produced by Tony Brown and George Strait, MCA Nashville.
Song of the Year (Award goes to the Songwriter and Primary Publisher) – "Good Time", Alan Jackson, EMI-April Music/Tri-Angels Music; "I Saw God Today," Rodney Clawson, Monty Crisswell, Wade Kirby, Big Red Toe/Extremely Loud Music/Steel Wheels Music/Blind Mule Music; "Letter to Me," Brad Paisley, EMI-April Music/New Sea Gayle Music; "Stay," Jennifer Nettles, Jennifer Nettles Publishing; and "You’re Gonna Miss This," Ashley Gorley/Lee Thomas Miller, EMI Blackwood Music/New Songs of Sea Gayle/Noah’s Little Boat Music/Songs of Combustion Music.
Musical Event of the Year (Award to each artist) – Josh Turner featuring Trisha Yearwood, "Anther Try," MCA Nashville; Reba McEntire and Kenny Chesney, "Every Other Weekend," MCA Nashville; Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, "Gone, Gone, Gone," Rounder Records; Sugarland featuring Little Big Town and Jake Owen, "Life in a Northern Town," Mercury Nashville; and Kenny Chesney (duet with George Strait) "Shiftwork," BNA Records.
Music Video of the Year (Award goes to the artist and director) – "Don’t Blink," Kenny Chesney, directed by Shaun Silva; "Good Time," Alan Jackson, directed by Trey Fanjoy; "Stay", Sugarland, Directed by Shaun Silva; "Waitin’ On A Woman," Brad Paisley,directged by Jim Shae; and "You’re Gonna Miss This," Trace Adkins, directed by Peter Zavadil.
The show is about eight weeks away, but I’ve already got my favorites picked out. Are these your favorites? Who do you think should have been nominated? Let me hear from you – I’m anxious to see who actually walks away with the awards this year. That will do it for tonight. Write soon, and let me know what you think of the new look of Country’s Chatter!