Stars React to CMA Nods

Kenny Chesney, Montgomery Gentry and Taylor Swift were among the top CMA Award nominees, announced Thursday, Aug. 30—and here’s how they reacted to the good news.

Kenny received nods for Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Video (“You Saved Me”) and Musical Event, “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” with Tracy Lawrence and Tim McGraw. “This was a great day for me, and for some great friends,” Kenny declared. “Shaun Silva [director of “You Saved Me”] has made so many great videos with me. I was honored to be a part of that work, and it’s great to see people recognizing it.” Kenny also praised his friends Tracy and Tim. “Those old boys struggled with me, took off before me and never forgot who their friends were,” he raved. “It was awesome to be a part of that.”

Vocal Duo of the Year nominees Troy Gentry and Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry remarked that CMA nominations boost an artist’s career. “I definitely know that from our point of view, it helps your dollars out on the road and helps record sales in the stores,” said Troy. As far as their chances of winning, Troy noted, “We’re keeping our fingers crossed. We’re coming off a good run with ‘Lucky Man’ being No. 1 on the charts for two weeks, and our new single, ‘What Do Ya Think About That,’ has a lot of momentum behind it. So that sets us up great for the awards coming up in November.”

Taylor Swift, up for the Horizon Award, is the first-ever nominee from her label, Big Machine Records. “It’s really cool to be the first nominee,” Taylor said. “I’ve just been so proud of this label.” Taylor also admitted, “It was an anxious morning, waiting for the nominee announcements. But you know what—I would have been fine if I wasn’t nominated. I would have been OK because what I can control is what I do on stage every night, and what I can’t control is awards shows. But if I get nominations—I’m gonna freak out every time!”

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