NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Brad Paisley led the list of nominees for this year’s Country Music Association awards, to be handed out November 11 in Nashville, the CMA said on Wednesday.
Paisley will compete for the top honor of Entertainer of the Year with Taylor Swift, the first solo female artist nominated in that category since 2000. Other nominees in the category were Kenny Chesney, George Strait and Keith Urban.
Chesney has won the Entertainer award in four out of the past five years, tying him with Garth Brooks for the most wins in the category. Strait, in his career, has a total of 79 nominations and is the all-time leader with 22 awards.
Paisley, who is set to host with Carrie Underwood, garnered six nominations and was followed by Urban, Strait, Swift, and relative newcomers Jamey Johnson and Zac Brown with four each.
The 43rd annual CMA Awards Show will be broadcast live by ABC beginning at 8 p.m. eastern, from the Sommet Center in Nashville.
Reporting by Pat Harris and Andrew Stern