CARRIE, RASCAL FLATTS LEAD BILLBOARD NOMINEES

Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts are the frontrunners for the 2006 Billboard Music Awards, Dec. 4.

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Rascal Flatts captured nominations in seven categories, including Country Artist and Country Album for Me and My Gang. The trio also received nominations in several all-genre categories. Carrie is up for Female Country Artist and Country Album for Some Hearts, and received a nod for the all-genre New Artist award. Kenny Chesney picked up four nominations, including Country Artist. The 2006 Billboard Music Awards will be televised on FOX, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. ET.

[Rascal Flatts photo courtesy Lyric Street Records]

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