Kenny Chesney tops country music award nominations

Wed Sep 10, 2008 1:49pm EDT
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By Pat Harris

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Kenny Chesney, country music's reigning "entertainer of the year," received seven nominations for the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday.

Veteran George Strait and the duo Sugarland followed with five nominations each for the association's annual awards, which will be presented November 12 on the ABC television network.

Chesney has won the group's "entertainer of the year" award three times. He was nominated again for that honor as well as in the male vocal, single, album, and video categories. He also received two other nominations for music event of the year.

Following is the complete list of nominations:

- Entertainer of the Year: Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Sugarland and Keith Urban.

- Female Vocalist: Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

-Male Vocalist: Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, George Strait and Keith Urban.

-New Artist: Jason Aldean, Rodney Atkins, Lady Antebellum, James Otto and Kellie Pickler.   Continued...

<p>File picture shows Kenny Chesney on NBC's Today Show Summer Concert Series in New York June 13, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>