Alan Jackson leads CMA nods

Top country contenders announced

— Alan Jackson pulled in seven nominations, the most of the year, from the Country Music Assn. Monday, including entertainer of the year and male vocalist.

Jackson's nominations also include single of the year and song of the year for "Remember When," video of the year for "Remember When" and for his duet with Jimmy Buffett, "It's Five o' Clock Somewhere," and musical event of the year for collaborating on a remake of the Hank Williams' tune "Hey, Good Lookin."'

Toby Keith has six nominations, including album of the year for "Shock'N Y'all," single and video of the year for "I Love This Bar," musical event for "Hey, Good Lookin,"' male vocalist of the year and entertainer of the year.

The other best album nominees are Brad Paisley for "Mud on the Tires," Brooks & Dunn for "Red Dirt Road," Kenny Chesney for "When the Sun Goes Down" and newcomer Gretchen Wilson for "Here for the Party."

Wilson's first single, the No. 1 hit "Redneck Woman," was nominated for three awards, single, song and music video of the year. She also was nominated for the Horizon award, which honors the top new act.

"I think it's incredible considering no one knew who I was last year at this time," Wilson said. "This has been my dream since I was a little girl."

Other artists with five nominations included Chesney and Alison Krauss.

"Country music is making waves in 2004, and this list of outstanding nominees is one of the reasons why," CMA Executive Director Ed Benson said in a statement.

Krauss was nominated for female vocalist of the year. Other nominees include Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Martina McBride and Reba McEntire.


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Gretchen Wilson, center, reacts as she hears Big Kenny, left, and John Rich, right, of Big & Rich announce the nomination of her song "Redneck Woman" for Song of the Year as the three give this year's CMA nominations live on Country Music Television in Nashville, Tenn. Alan Jackson led the award list Monday with seven nominations.

CBS will broadcast the 38th annual CMA awards show, with hosts Brooks & Dunn, live Nov. 9 from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House.

Singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson, who helped announce some of the nominations on CBS' "The Early Show," was selected for induction into the Country Hall of Fame.

"What a dirty trick," he said, obviously surprised to hear his name read.

"I guess it means I'm old," he said of the nomination that will put his name in the hall with Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. Kristofferson has written hits such as "Help Me Make it Through the Night," "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Sunday Morning Coming Down," and his work has been recorded by more than 450 artists.


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