The nominees for the 43rd annual Country Music Awards were announced live on "Good Morning America" today and they include a roster of artists who are household names.
Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, George Strait, Reba McEntire and Martina McBride were among the nominees.
The CMAs are known as country music's biggest night. The awards will be handed out by reigning male and female vocalists of the year and current nominees Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the Sommet Center in Nashville.
Watch the CMAs live Wednesday, Nov. 11 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET and get more coverage and nominees at CMAWorld.com
Musical Event of the Year
"Start a Band"
Brad Paisley (duet with Keith Urban)
Paisley garnered a total of seven nominations -- the most of any artist nominated for the 2009 CMA's. Urban got five nominations. Zac Brown, Jamey Johnson, George Strait, and Taylor Swift each received four CMA Awards nominations.
Paisley was also nominated for Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Album for American Saturday Night, which was produced by Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois; Single and Song for "Then" (DuBois and Ashley Gorley are also nominated as songwriters); and Music Video for "Start A Band" with Urban, which was directed by Jim Shea.
Urban's other nominations include Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Music Video for "Start A Band" with Paisley; and Album of the Year for Defying Gravity. Urban is eligible to win a second trophy in the Album category for producing Defying Gravity with Dann Huff.
"Cowgirls Don't Cry"
Brooks & Dunn featuring Reba McEntire
Brooks & Dunn have won a total of 19 CMA awards in their career, including a record 14 Vocal Duo of the Year Awards (1992-1999, 2001-2006) and an Entertainer of the Year Award (1996). They last won CMA awards in 2006, for Vocal Duo of the Year, Single of the Year (for "Believe") and Music Video of the Year (for "Believe"). Ronnie Dunn won an additional award that year, Song of the Year, for co-writing "Believe" with Craig Wiseman. This is the second time they have been nominated in the Musical Event of the Year category for a performance with Reba McEntire. In 1998, the three singers were nominated for "If You See Him/If You See Her."
"Down The Road"
Kenny Chesney (with Mac McAnally)
Blue Chair Records, LLC & BNA Records
Kenny Chesney has won seven CMA awards in his career, including four Entertainer of the Year awards (2004, 2006-2008), which ties him with Garth Brooks as the artists with the most wins in this category. Kenny won the Musical Event of the Year category in 2007 for the song "Find Out Who Your Friends Are," which he performed with Tracy Lawrence and Tim McGraw.
Mac McAnally has won one CMA award in his career and is currently the reigning CMA Musician of the Year. His nomination with Kenny Chesney in the Musical Event of the Year category this year is his first artist nomination.