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Of all the CMA categories this year, perhaps the Horizon nominees face the stiffest competition. Each act has experienced amazing debut success. Nominees, Jessica Andrews, Jamie O'Neal, keith urban and Phil Vassar have all scored No. 1 hits - Jessica's "Who I am," Jamie's "There Is No Arizona" and "When I Think About Angels," keith's "But For The Grace Of God" and Phil's "Just Another Day In Paradise." Jamie's Video for "There Is No Arizona" also got a nod in the Music Video of the Year category.
"It's an honor to be recognized by the CMA voters," says Jamie. "I have been working towards this my whole life and have always dreamed of going to the show as a nominee one day."
Phil Vassar counted his blessings, too. "this is such a tough category, and I am so fortunate to be in here," he says. "These are all such great artists - I hope we all win!"
"I'm thrilled by the nomination," adds keith, "and really honored to be included with the other nominees, because I respect their work so much."
While New group Nickel Creek got little country radio airplay, they still emerged as video stars on CMT. Their Videos for "Reasons Why" and "When You Come Back Down" enjoyed heavy rotation this year.
They were nominated for two 2001 Grammys - and backed Dolly Parton on the Grammy Telecast. They've toured with Lyle Lovett. They're up for three International Bluegrass Music Association nominations this year, including Entertainer of the Year. And in addition to the Horizon nomination, Nickel Creek is also up for the CMA's Vocal Group of the Year Award.