Hats off to Chesney:  7 CMA noms


Kenny Chesney leads the field with seven nominations for the 42nd annual Country Music Assn. Awards.

George Strait and duo Sugarland each nabbed five nominations Wednesday, with Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles picking up a sixth for song of the year. Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson sc1ored four each.

Chesney, Strait, Sugarland, Paisley and Keith Urban will vie for entertainer of the year, which Chesney won last year.

Meanwhile, Eagles picked up their first vocal group nomination in more than 30 years, having been up for the award in 1976 and 1977. (partialdiff)