Hats off to CMA kings Paisley, Strait


Nashville — Brad Paisley and George Strait lead the field with five nominations each for the 41st annual Country Music Assn. Awards, which were announced here Thursday.

Paisley is up for entertainer, male vocalist, album (for "5th Gear"), single ("Ticks") and video ("Online"), which was directed by Jason Alexander.

Strait, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame last year, also is up for entertainer, male vocalist, single (for "Wrapped") and album ("It Just Comes Natural") and for musical event for the live version of "Hey Good Lookin' " with Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson. Songwriters Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon and Jamey Johnson are nominated for song of the year for Strait's "Give It Away."

Alison Krauss, Martina McBride and reigning entertainer of the year Kenny Chesney each received four nominations, while Big & Rich's John Rich, Carrie Underwood and three-time male vocalist CMA winner Keith Urban scored three noms each.

Nominees for the Horizon Award — presented to the individual or group who has demonstrated the most significant creative growth and development in overall chart and sales activity, live performance professionalism and critical media recognition — are Jason Aldean, Rodney Atkins, Little Big Town, Kellie Pickler and Taylor Swift.

The 41st Annual CMA Awards will take place Nov. 7 at the Sommet Center in Nashville; it airs on ABC.

A complete list of nominees can be found at hollywoodreporter.com.