2005 CMA Awards Nominees

The country music industry will bring an across-the-board collection of hitmakers, traditionalists and high-energy newcomers to the party when The 39th Annual CMA Awards are presented in New York City in November. Artists with the most nominations this year include Brad Paisley and Lee Ann Womack, with six each; Toby Keith and Keith Urban, with four each; and Sugarland, with three.

The country music industry will bring an across-the-board collection of hitmakers, traditionalists and high-energy newcomers to the party when The 39th Annual CMA Awards are presented in New York City in November. Artists with the most nominations this year include Brad Paisley and Lee Ann Womack, with six each; Toby Keith and Keith Urban, with four each; and Sugarland, with three.

For the first time in the history of the CMA Awards, the announcement of the final nominees was made in New York City, which is hosting the awards for the first time in 2005 in an effort by the CMA to broaden the market for country music. The 39th Annual CMA Awards will be hosted for the second year by Arista Nashville super duo Brooks & Dunn and broadcast live from New York City's Madison Square Garden, Tuesday, Nov. 15 (8:00-11:00 p.m./ET) on CBS.

The final nominees for the 2005 CMA Awards are:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Kenny Chesney
Alan Jackson
Toby Keith
Brad Paisley
Keith Urban

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to artist and producer)

"Alcohol"
Brad Paisley
Produced by Frank Rogers
Arista Nashville

"As Good As I Once Was"
Toby Keith
Produced by James Stroud/Toby Keith
DreamWorks Records Nashville

"Baby Girl"
Sugarland
Produced by Garth Fundis
Mercury Records Nashville

"Bless the Broken Road"
Rascal Flatts
Produced by Mark Bright/Marty Williams/Rascal Flatts
Lyric Street Records

"I May Hate Myself In The Morning"
Lee Ann Womack
Produced by Byron Gallimore
MCA Nashville

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to artist and producer)

Be Here
Keith Urban
Produced by Dann Huff/Keith Urban
Capitol Records Nashville

Feels Like Today
Rascal Flatts
Produced by Mark Bright/Marty Williams/Rascal Flatts
Lyric Street Records

Live Like You Were Dying
Tim McGraw
Produced by Tim McGraw/Byron Gallimore/Darran Smith
Curb Records

Somewhere Down In Texas
George Strait
Produced by Tony Brown/George Strait
MCA Nashville

There's More Where That Came From
Lee Ann Womack
Produced by Byron Gallimore/Greg Droman
MCA Nashville

SONG OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to songwriter and primary publisher)

"Alcohol"
Brad Paisley
EMI April/Sea Gayle Music

"As Good As I Once Was"
Toby Keith/Scotty Emerick
Tokeco Tunes/Sony/ATV Songs/Big Yellow Dog Music/Florida Cracker Music

"Bless The Broken Road"
Marcus Hummon/Bobby Boyd/Jeff Hanna
Careers-BMG Music/Floyd's Dream Music/Jeff Diggs Music

"I May Hate Myself In The Morning"
Odie Blackmon
Cal IV Songs

"Redneck Woman"
Gretchen Wilson/John Rich
Sony/ATV Cross Keys/Hoosiermama Music/WB Music Corp

"Whiskey Lullaby"
Bill Anderson/Jon Randall
Sony/ATV/Mr. Bubba Music/Reynsong/Wha Ya Say Music

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Sara Evans
Alison Krauss
Martina McBride
Gretchen Wilson
Lee Ann Womack

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Kenny Chesney
Alan Jackson
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Keith Urban

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Alison Krauss + Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas
Diamond Rio
Lonestar
Rascal Flatts
Sugarland

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Big & Rich
Brooks & Dunn
Montgomery Gentry
Van Zant
The Warren Brothers

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
George Strait (Duet with Lee Ann Womack)
"Good News, Bad News"
MCA Nashville

Willie Nelson with Lee Ann Womack
"I'll Never Be Free"
Lost Highway Records

Brad Paisley/Sara Evans
"New Again"
Wind Up Records

Shania Twain (with Billy Currington)
"Party For Two"
Mercury Records Nashville

Jimmy Buffett with Martina McBride
"Trip Around The Sun"
RCA Records

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Jerry Douglas - Dobro
Paul Franklin - Steel Guitar
Dann Huff - Electric Guitar
Brent Mason - Guitar/Electric Guitar
Randy Scruggs - Guitar/Mandolin

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to artist and director)

"Alcohol"
Brad Paisley
Directed by Jim Shea

"As Good As I Once Was"
Toby Keith
Directed by Michael Salomon

"Days Go By"
Keith Urban
Directed by Wayne Isham

"I May Hate Myself In The Morning"
Lee Ann Womack
Directed by Trey Fanjoy

"When I Think About Cheatin'"
Gretchen Wilson
Directed by Robert Deaton/George J. Flanigen IV

HORIZON AWARD
Dierks Bentley
Big & Rich
Miranda Lambert
Julie Roberts
Sugarland

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