43rd Annual CMA Award Nominees Announced

By: Kyra Inglis

NASHVILLE, Tn (UTC THE LOOP/AP) – The 43rd Annual Country Music Award Nominees were announced Wednesday, with Brad Paisley showing a strong lead with six nominations this year including “Entertainer of the Year.”

Taylor Swift also picked up a nomination for “Entertainer of the Year,” being the youngest nominee in the category.  Swift’s CD, “Fearless,” has sold 3 million copies, making her the top selling act in country and in pop.

“To country music radio and the fans and anybody who voted for the CMA’s this year, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you,” Swift said in a video posted on her MySpace page, counting out four ‘thank yous’ for each nomination.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

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

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Miranda Lambert
  • Martina McBride
  • Reba McEntire
  • 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

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

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

Former Hootie and the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker is also up for 2 awards including “Male Vocalist of the Year” and “New Artist of the Year.”   Rucker’s first country album “Learn to Live”, released last year, was heavily embraced by fans.

“I love being in country music because of the accessibility and the relationships you have with fans and with radio is awesome,” said Rucker.

Five categories were announced on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and the rest were announced later in the morning on the CMT network.  The 43rd Annual CMA Awards are scheduled for November 11, on ABC.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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