2007 CMA Awards Nominations

41st Annual CMA Awards

Nominations for the 41st Annual CMA Awards were announced Aug. 30 by Jennifer Nettles, Kristian Bush and Sara Evans on Good Morning America and by Montgomery Gentry and Taylor Swift on CMT Insider. George Strait and Brad Paisley lead the nominees with five nominations each.

George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban are nominated for Entertainer of the Year.

Josh Turner, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, George Strait and Keith Urban are nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year.

Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood are nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.

The 41th Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Sommet Center, Wednesday, November 7, 2007 on the ABC Television Network. 2007 CMA Awards nominees:

Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Rascal Flatts
George Strait
Keith Urban

(Award goes to Artist and Producer)
Anyway – Martina McBride
Produced by Martina McBride

Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood
Produced by Mark Bright

Lost In This Moment – Big & Rich
Produced by Big Kenny and John Rich

Ticks – Brad Paisley
Produced by Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois

(Award goes to Songwriter and Primary Publisher)
Anyway – Martina McBride/Brad Warren/Brett Warren
Before He Cheats – Josh Kear/Chris Tompkins
Give it Away – Bill Anderson/Buddy Cannon/Jamey Johnson
Lost in This Moment – John Rich/Keith Anderson/Rodney Clawson
Stupid Boy – Dave Berg/Deanna Bryant/Sarah Buxton

(Award goes to artist and producer)
5th Gear – Brad Paisley
Produced by Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois

It Just Comes Natural – George Strait
Produced by Tony Brown and George Strait

Long Trip Alone – Dierks Bentley
Produced by Brett Beavers

Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing – Keith Urban
Produced by Dann Huff and Keith Urban

These Days – Vince Gill
Produced by Vince Gill, John Hobbs and Justin Niebank

Alison Krauss
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Reba McEntire
Carrie Underwood

Josh Turner
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Keith Urban

Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas
Dixie Chicks
Emerson Drive
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts

Big & Rich
Brooks & Dunn
Montgomery Gentry
The Wreckers

Because of You – Reba McEntire & Kelly Clarkson
Find Out Who Your Friends Are – Tracy Lawrence, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw
Hey Good Lookin’ (Live) – Jimmy Buffett, George Strait & Alan Jackson
Missing You – Alison Krauss & John Waite
The Reason Why – Vince Gill & Alison Krauss

Eddie Bayers Jr.
Jerry Douglas
Dann Huff
Mac McAnally
Randy Scruggs

(Award goes to Artist and Director)
Anyway – Martina McBride
Directed by Robert Deaton and George J. Flanigen IV

Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood
Directed by Roman White

Moments – Emerson Drive
Directed by Steven Goldmann

Online – Brad Paisley
Directed by Jason Alexander

You Save Me – Kenny Chesney
Directed by Shaun Silva

Jason Aldean
Rodney Atkins
Little Big Town
Kellie Pickler
Taylor Swift

“Country Music is thriving on the talent and creativity of an outstanding group of artists and they are well represented with our nominees,” said CMA Chief Operating Officer Tammy Genovese. “These talented performers, musicians, songwriters, producers, and directors demonstrate the artistic depth and creativity of our format. It is an exciting time for Country Music and the 2007 CMA Awards will definitely reflect that in November.”

Paisley was nominated for Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album for 5th Gear (produced by Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois), Single for “Ticks,” and Music Video of the Year for “Online,” which was directed by actor-turned-video director Jason Alexander.

Strait received nominations for Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album for It Just Comes Natural (co-produced by Tony Brown), Musical Event with Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson on the live version of “Hey Good Lookin‚Äô,” and Single of the Year for “Wrapped.” Strait could win two additional trophies as producer for Single and Album of the Year. Other nominees benefiting from Strait‚Äôs windfall are songwriters Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon and Jamey Johnson, who were nominated for Song of the Year for “Give It Away.” Strait now has 70 career CMA Awards nominations, trailing only Jackson, who has 75 with this year‚Äôs nomination for Musical Event of the Year.

Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney received four nominations this year for Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Musical Event with Tracy Lawrence and Tim McGraw on Lawrence‚Äôs “Find Out Who Your Friends Are,” and Music Video of the Year for “You Save Me” directed by Shaun Silva.

Alison Krauss received four nominations including Female Vocalist, Vocal Group of the Year for Alison Krauss and Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas, and two for Musical Event of the Year with John Waite (his first CMA Awards nomination) on “Missing You” and with Vince Gill on “The Reason Why.” Douglas was also nominated for Musician of the Year. Krauss last won the Female Vocalist of the Year category in 1995. She has been nominated in the category five times including each year from 2002-2005.

Martina McBride also had four nominations for the 2007 CMA Awards including Female Vocalist, Single, Song and Music Video of the Year for “Anyway,” which she co-wrote with Brad Warren and Brett Warren. The music video was directed by Robert Deaton and George J. Flanigen IV. McBride could pick up an additional trophy as producer for Single of the Year for the inspiring ballad.

John Rich scored a variety of three nominations in 2007 including Vocal Duo and Single of the Year for “Lost In This Moment” with partner Big Kenny Alphin as Big & Rich (which they also produced), and as a songwriter with Keith Anderson and Rodney Clawson for “Lost In This Moment.”

After winning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and the Horizon Award in 2006, Carrie Underwood is back in 2007 with three nominations for Female Vocalist, Single for “Before He Cheats” and Music Video of the Year for the same song directed by Roman White. Songwriters for “Before He Cheats” Josh Kear and Ch
ris Tompkins were nominated for Song of the Year.

Reigning Male Vocalist of the Year Keith Urban had three nominations for Entertainer, Male Vocalist and Album of the Year for Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing, which he co-produced with Dann Huff, who is a Musician of the Year nominee. Songwriters Dave Berg, Deanna Bryant and Sarah Buxton also received a nomination for Song of the Year for Urban‚Äôs “Stupid Boy.” Urban has won the Male Vocalist Award every year he has been nominated (2004-2006). He won Entertainer of the Year in 2005.

Rounding out the nominees for Entertainer of the Year is Rascal Flatts. The group was first nominated in the category in 2006. The category has only been won by two groups in CMA Awards history: Alabama (1982, 1983, 1984) and Dixie Chicks (2000). Rascal Flatts has swept the Vocal Group of the Year category the past four years and is nominated in that category again in 2007.

Completing the list of nominees in the Vocal Group of the Year category are Dixie Chicks, Emerson Drive and Little Big Town. Dixie Chicks have won the category four times (1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002) and were last nominated in 2003. This marks Emerson Drive‚Äôs first CMA Awards nomination. They also received a nomination for Music Video of the Year for “Moments” directed by Steven Goldmann. Little Big Town was nominated for the first time in the Vocal Group category in 2006. They also received their second Horizon Award nomination this year.

Expectation surrounds the Female Vocalist of the Year category. Rounding out the list with McBride, Krauss and Underwood are Miranda Lambert and Reba McEntire. This marks Lambert’s first nomination in this category. She received her first CMA Awards nomination in 2005 for the Horizon Award and in 2006 was nominated for Horizon and Music Video of the Year.

McBride and McEntire are tied with the most wins in the Female Vocalist category in history – even surpassing Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette’s previous records. McBride won in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2004. McEntire won in 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1987. McEntire was last nominated in the category in 2004. With her two nominations, McEntire solidifies her position as the female artist with the most nominations (45) in the 41-year history of the CMA Awards.

She is also nominated in the Musical Event of the Year category with Kelly Clarkson for “Because of You,” marking the “American Idol” winner‚Äôs first CMA Awards nomination.

This is the first year that Josh Turner’s name is on the list of nominees for Male Vocalist of the Year. Turner was nominated for the Horizon Award in 2004 and 2006.

An artist may only be nominated for the Horizon Award two times and this year there are several new hopefuls joining two-time nominee Little Big Town on the list including Jason Aldean, Rodney Atkins, Kellie Pickler and Taylor Swift.

Dierks Bentley won his first CMA Award in 2005 with the Horizon trophy and in 2007, he received his first nomination for Album of the Year for Long Trip Alone, produced by Brett Beavers. A CMA Awards voter favorite, Vince Gill, is also nominated for Album of the Year for These Days. Gill could pick up an additional trophy as producer with John Hobbs and Justin Niebank.

Sugarland makes its debut in the Vocal Duo of the Year category this year with fellow nominees Big & Rich, Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry, and The Wreckers.

The 2006 CMA Awards, held in Nashville during November Sweeps (Nov. 6), ranked in the Top 5 with the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, Grammy Awards and Emmy‚Äôs during the 2006-2007 season for awards shows among total viewers. With “The 40th Annual CMA Awards,” ABC won Monday evening in both total viewers (16.0 million) and adults 18-49 (5.4/13). According to Nielsen, research estimates that more than 30 million viewers watched all or part of the ceremony.

The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 6,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958. The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards were broadcast on NBC Television for the first time ‚Äì making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The show aired on NBC through 1971 and on the CBS Television Network from 1972 through 2005.

Winners of “The 41st Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a third and final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association.

source: Country Music Association

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