CMA AWARDS VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

Songs from the double-platinum soundtrack for the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? dominate this year's Vocal Event category with two nominations: "Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby," performed by alt-country divas Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch, and a soaring new version of the traditional hymn "I'll Fly Away," featuring Alison and Gillian.

Songs from the soundtrack also received nominations for Single of the Year and Album of the Year.

Pals Brad Paisley and Buck Owens are proud to garner two Vocal Event nominations each. For 2001's Southern-fried anthem, "Too Country," Buck and Brad teamed up with other country traditionalists George Jones and Bill Anderson. Brad's angst-ridden duet with Chely Wright, "Hard To Be A Husband, Hard To Be A Wife," is another contender for Vocal Event. "It's extra great to share two of these [nominations] with four of my closest friends in the industry - Chely, Buck, George and Bill," says Brad, who's also up for a Male Vocalist of the Year award. "I drove over to George Jones' house to tell him about the 'Too Country' nomination. He was mowing his lawn and stopped to hear the news.

He said to me, 'Son, that's great! I just bought four brand-new suits - I can wear one to the show." Buck, meanwhile, shares his second Vocal Event nomination with California-country Dwight Yoakam for their toe-tapping Bakersfield shuffle, "Alright, I'm Wrong."

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