Toby Keith leads country music nominees

— Toby Keith received a leading eight Academy of Country Music nominations Tuesday, including song and single of the year for "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)."

Alan Jackson had six nominations, including entertainer of the year and top male vocalist, album of the year for "Drive" and song and video of the year for the title track.

Among other multiple nominees, Kenny Chesney and the group Trick Pony each had five, while the Dixie Chicks and Willie Nelson had three apiece.

The nominees include

Entertainer: Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Dixie Chicks, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith.

Male Vocalist: Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, George Strait.

Female Vocalist: Terri Clark, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Shania Twain, Lee Ann Womack.

Duo: Brooks & Dunn, Hometown News, Montgomery Gentry, Sons of the Desert, The Bellamy Brothers.

Group: Diamond Rio, Dixie Chicks, Lonestar, Rascal Flatts, Trick Pony.

New Male Vocalist: Joe Nichols, Blake Shelton, Darryl Worley.

New Female Vocalist: Kellie Coffey, Jennifer Hanson, Rebecca Lynn Howard.

New Duo or Group: Emerson Drive, Nickel Creek, Pinmonkey.

Album: "Drive," Alan Jackson; "Home," Dixie Chicks; "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems," Kenny Chesney; "On a Mission," Trick Pony; "Unleashed," Toby Keith.

Single: "19 Somethin'," Mark Wills; "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)," Toby Keith; "Just What I Do," Trick Pony; "Somebody Like You," Keith Urban; "The Good Stuff," Kenny Chesney.

Vocal Event of the Year: "Beer for My Horses," Toby Keith with Willie Nelson; "Designated Drinker," Alan Jackson with George Strait; "Mendocino County Line," Willie Nelson with Lee Ann Womack; "Picture," Kid Rock with Sheryl Crow; "Whiskey River," Trick Pony and Willie Nelson.


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