2008 CMA Awards Nominees

The nominations were announced Wednesday, Sept. 10, live on ABC-TV’s Good Morning America by Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift, and on CMT Insider by Lady Antebellum and James Otto. The ceremony will be broadcast live on ABC Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. ET from the Sommet Center in Nashville.

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Kenny Chesney has garnered a leading seven nominations for November’s 42nd annual Country Music Association Awards.

George Strait and Sugarland earned five nominations each, but Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles added to her individual total with a songwriting nod for the hit “Stay.” Sugarland also received its first-ever Entertainer of the Year nomination, which will pit the duo against Brad Paisley, George Strait, Keith Urban and the reigning winner, Kenny.

"These talented performers, musicians, songwriters, producers and directors demonstrate the artistic depth and creativity of our format,” says CMA Chief Executive Officer Tammy Genovese, “and the 2008 CMA Awards will definitely reflect that in November." Keep informed on
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The final nominees are:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Brad Paisley
  • George Strait
  • Sugarland
  • Keith Urban
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
  • Alison Krauss
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Martina McBride
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Alan Jackson
  • Brad Paisley
  • George Strait
  • Keith Urban
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
  • Jason Aldean
  • Rodney Atkins
  • Lady Antebellum
  • James Otto
  • Kellie Pickler
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
  • Eagles
  • Emerson Drive
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Rascal Flatts
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
  • Big & Rich
  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Montgomery Gentry
  • Sugarland
  • The Wreckers
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist and Producer)
  • “Don’t Blink”
    – Kenny Chesney
    Produced by Buddy Cannon and Kenny Chesney
  • “Gunpowder & Lead”
    – Miranda Lambert
    Produced by Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke
  • “I Saw God Today”
    – George Strait
    Produced by Tony Brown and George Strait
  • “Stay”
    – Sugarland
    Produced by Byron Gallimore, Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles
  • “You’re Gonna Miss This”
    – Trace Adkins
    Produced by Frank Rogers
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist and Producer)
  • Carnival Ride – Carrie Underwood
    Produced by Mark Bright
  • Cowboy Town – Brooks & Dunn
    Produced by Tony Brown, Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks
  • Good Time – Alan Jackson
    Produced by Keith Stegall
  • Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates – Kenny Chesney
    Produced by Buddy Cannon and Kenny Chesney
  • Troubadour – George Strait
    Produced by Tony Brown and George Strait
SONG OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Songwriter)
  • “Good Time,”
    – Alan Jackson
    (Recorded by Alan Jackson)
  • “I Saw God Today,”
    – Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell and Wade Kirby
    (Recorded by George Strait)
  • “Letter to Me,”
    – Brad Paisley
    (Recorded by Brad Paisley)
  • “Stay,”
    – Jennifer Nettles
    (Recorded by Sugarland)
  • “You’re Gonna Miss This,”
    – Lee Thomas Miller and Ashley Gorley
    (Recorded by Trace Adkins)
MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
  • Josh Turner and Trisha Yearwood, “Another Try”
  • Reba McEntire and Kenny Chesney, “Every Other Weekend”
  • Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, “Gone, Gone, Gone”
  • Sugarland, Little Big Town and Jake Owen, “Life in a Northern Town”
  • Kenny Chesney and George Strait, “Shiftwork”
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to 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
    Directed by Jim Shea
  • “You’re Gonna Miss This,”
    – Trace Adkins
    Directed by Peter Zavadil
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
  • Jerry Douglas, Dobro
  • Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar
  • Dann Huff, Guitar
  • Brent Mason, Guitar
  • Mac McAnally, Guitar

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