"Everything But Quits"
Lee Ann Womack (duet with George Strait)
Lee Ann Womack has won six CMA awards in her career, including Female Vocalist of the Year (2001) and Album of the Year (2005, for "There's More Where That Came From"). She last won CMA awards in 2005 for Album, Musical Event, and Single of the Year (for "I May Hate Myself in the Morning").
This is the second time that Womack has been nominated in the Musical Event of the Year category for a performance with George Strait. In 2005, Strait and Womack won the Musical Event of the Year award for their performance of "Good News, Bad News." Lee Ann also won this category in 2002 for her duet with Willie Nelson on "Mendocino County Line." Strait also won this award (when it was called the Vocal Event of the Year) in 2000 with Alan Jackson for their performance of "Murder on Music Row."
"I Told You So"
Carrie Underwood featuring Randy Travis
Carrie Underwood will co-host the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley for the second consecutive year. Carrie, the reigning Female Vocalist of the Year, has won a total of five CMA awards in her career, including three wins as Female Vocalist of the Year (2006-2008). If she wins the Female Vocalist award in 2009, she will tie the record held by Reba McEntire and Martina McBride for the most wins in this category.
Underwood, who also has won the New Talent of the Year award and Single of the Year (2007 for "Before He Cheats"), receives her first nomination in the Musical Event of the Year category this year.
Randy Travis has won five CMA awards in his career. His last CMA award win was in 1988 for Male Vocalist of the Year (which he also won in 1987). Travis wrote "I Told You So," which was a massive hit for him in 1988, when it was nominated for CMA Single of the Year and Song of the Year.
The Raconteurs featuring Ricky Skaggs and Ashley Monroe
Third Man Records, Warner Bros. Records
This is the Raconteurs' first CMA nomination. Jack White, leader of the band, is no stranger to the country format. He currently lives in Nashville and produced Loretta Lynn's critically acclaimed album "Van Lear Rose" in 2004.
Ricky Skaggs won eight CMA awards, including Entertainer of the Year in 1985 and both the Horizon and Male Vocalist of the Year awards in 1982. This is Ashley Monroe's first CMA nomination.
CMA Nominees: New Artist of the Year
This is Houser's first CMA nomination. He has received acclaim for his debut album "Anything Goes" and is currently touring with fellow nominee Jamey Johnson as part of "CMT On Tour." The Mississippi native's current single "Boots On" has been climbing the charts.
Johnson has won one CMA award in his career, Song of the Year (2007), as the co-writer of "Give it Away" (a George Strait hit) with Bill Anderson and Buddy Cannon. This is his first artist nomination.
This is Owen's second nomination. He was nominated in 2008 in Musical Event of the Year for "Life in a Northern Town," his performance with Sugarland and Little Big Town.
The New Artist of the Year and Best Male Vocalist nominations are Rucker's first two CMA nods. He performed on the CMA Awards in 2008.