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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.

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:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

  • Kenny Chesney
  • Alan Jackson
  • Toby Keith
  • Brad Paisley
  • Keith Urban

SINGLE OF THE YEAR – awarded 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 – awarded 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 – awarded 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, performed by Rascal Flatts, 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, performed by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss, 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 awarded 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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