Paisley vs. Brooks & Dunn at CMAs

ByABC News
August 31, 2006, 2:57 PM

NASHVILLE, Aug. 31, 2006 — -- With six nominations apiece, Brad Paisley and Brooks & Dunn look to go head to head for some of the most coveted trophies at this year's Country Music Association Awards, and the artists are stoked for the competition.

" 'Shocking' is a pretty good word," said Kix Brooks, who attributes Brooks & Dunn's six nominations to the group's renewed commitment to its music with last year's "Hillbilly Deluxe" album.

"We're really proud of this album. I feel like all the rest of the nominations are just byproducts from a good album. That's usually the way it works."

Brooks & Dunn face Paisley in the race for entertainer of the year, album of the year and song of the year at the show on Nov. 6 at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center.

Among the other most-nominated artists, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney follow with four nominations apiece, while Dolly Parton and Rascal Flatts each received three nods.

The Nov. 6 awards show will air live on ABC.

Paisley's six nominations give him 33 over the course of his career, but he isn't getting tired of hearing his name called every year.

"What would get old is not getting [nominations]," he said.

In three of the categories, Paisley is nominated for teaming up with country music legend Dolly Parton on "When I Get Where I'm Going," and that's especially meaningful for the 33-year-old star.

"It's one thing to have had a hit with Dolly Parton on it," Paisley said. "But to be nominated for something or maybe win something for that caps it off."

Though there were few surprises among the 12 main categories, some of the biggest names in country music nevertheless weren't playing it cool when they got word of the nominations.

Kenny Chesney made no secret of wanting to repeat his 2004 win for entertainer of the year.

"Anybody that says they don't want to win is lying," said Chesney, after selling out several stadiums on his The Road and The Radio tour earlier this year.