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CMA Nominees Announced

Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift are among the top nominees for the 2009 CMA Awards, announced Wednesday, Sept. 9.


Kenny, Brad and Taylor are all nominated for the top honor, Entertainer of the Year, along with George Strait and Keith Urban. The 2009 CMA Awards will air Nov. 11 on ABC-TV at 8 p.m. ET, live from the Sommet Center in Nashville. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the show.


Here are the nominees in the top categories:

Entertainer of the Year

  • Kenny Chesney
  • Brad Paisley
  • George Strait
  • Taylor Swift
  • Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Miranda Lambert
  • Reba McEntire
  • Martina McBride
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Kenny Chesney
  • Brad Paisley
  • Darius Rucker
  • George Strait
  • Keith Urban

New Artist of the Year

  • Randy Houser
  • Jamey Johnson
  • Jake Owen
  • Darius Rucker
  • Zac Brown Band

Musical Event of the Year

  • “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” Brooks & Dunn featuring Reba McEntire
  • “Down the Road” Kenny Chesney (With Mac McAnally)
  • “Everything but Quits” Lee Ann Womack (Duet With George Strait)
  • “I Told You So” Carrie Underwood featuring Randy Travis
  • “Old Enough” The Raconteurs featuring Ricky Skaggs and Ashley Monroe
  • "Start a Band" Brad Paisley (Duet With Keith Urban)

Vocal Group of the Year

  • Eagles
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Big & Rich
  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Joey + Rory
  • Montgomery Gentry
  • Sugarland

Single of the Year (award to artist and producer)

  • “Chicken Fried” Zac Brown Band Produced by Keith Stegall
  • “I Run to You” Lady Antebellum Produced by Victoria Shaw and Paul Worley
  • “In Color” Jamey Johnson Produced by The Kent Hardly Playboys
  •  "People Are Crazy” Billy Currington Produced by Carson Chamberlain and Billy Currington
  • “Then” Brad Paisley Produced by Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois

Album of the Year (award to artist and producer)

  • American Saturday Night Brad Paisley Produced by Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois
  • Defying Gravity Keith Urban Produced by Dann Huff and Keith Urban
  • Fearless Taylor Swift Produced by Nathan Chapman and Taylor Swift
  • Love on the Inside Sugarland Produced by Byron Gallimore, Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles
  • That Lonesome Song Jamey Johnson Produced by The Kent Hardly Playboys

Song of the Year (award to songwriters)

  • “Chicken Fried” Zac Brown/Wyatt Durrette
  • “I Told You So” Randy Travis
  • “In Color” Jamey Johnson/Lee Thomas Miller/James Otto
  • “People Are Crazy” Bobby Braddock/Troy Jones
  • “Then” Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois/Ashley Gorley

Music Video of the Year (award to artist and director)

  • “Boots On” Randy Houser Directed by Eric Welch
  • “Love Story” Taylor Swift Directed by Trey Fanjoy
  • “People Are Crazy” Billy Currington Directed by The Brads
  • “Start a Band” Brad Paisley (Duet With Keith Urban) Directed by Jim Shea
  • “Troubadour” George Strait Directed by Trey Fanjoy

Musician of the Year

  • Eddie Bayers Drums
  • Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
  • Dan Huff Guitar
  • Brent Mason Guitar
  • Mac McAnally Guitar


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