Zac Brown Band
This is the band's first nomination. Their Album "The Foundation" debuted at No. 17 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and No. 3 on the Top Country Albums chart. The first single "Chicken Fried" peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country chart.
CMA Nominees: Female Vocalist of the Year
Lambert has received six prior CMA nominations, including Female Vocalist (2007 and 2008). She has not yet won a CMA award.
With four wins as Female Vocalist of the Year (1984-1987), McBride is tied with Reba McEntire for the most number of wins in this category. But if Carrie Underwood wins in 2009, it will become a three-way tie.
McEntire won a total of six CMA awards in her career, including Entertainer of the Year (1986). The last time she won a CMA award was in 1994 in what was then called the Vocal Event of the Year category for her performance with Linda Davis (mother of Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott) on "Does He Love You?" Her last nomination was in 2008 for the Musical Event of the Year category for her performance with Kenny Chesney on "Every Other Weekend." With 48 career nominations, Reba is the most nominated female artist in CMA Awards history.
Swift has won a total of one CMA award in her career -- the Horizon Award (now known as the New Talent of the Year Award) in 2006. This is her first Entertainer of the Year nomination.
Underwood will co-host the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley for the second consecutive year. Underwood, the reigning Female Vocalist of the Year, has won five CMA awards in her career, including three wins as Female Vocalist of the Year (2006-2008).
Male Vocalist of the Year
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.
Paisley will co-host the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood for the second consecutive year. Paisley, the reigning Male Vocalist of the Year, has won 11 CMA awards including Male Vocalist (2007, 2008); Album (2006 for Time Well Wasted); and Horizon (now known as the New Talent of the Year award) in 2000. Brad has won the Music Video of the Year award four times: 2002 ("I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)"); 2004 ("Whiskey Lullaby" with Allison Krauss); 2007 ("Online"); and 2008 ("Waitin' on a Woman" featuring Andy Griffith).
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.
George Strait won a total of 22 CMA awards in his career -- the most by any artist has won in CMA Awards history. With 79 career nominations, Strait is tied with Alan Jackson for being the artists with the most nominations in CMA Awards history. Strait has won two Entertainer of the Year awards (1989, 1990). He has also won five Male Vocalist of the Year awards (1985, 1986, 1996-1998), which ties him with Vince Gill as being the artists with the most wins in that category. In 2008, Strait won Album of the Year (for Troubadour) and Single of the Year (for "I Saw God Today").