Country Music Awards Nominees Named

Entertainer of the Year
- Kenny Chesney
- Brad Paisley
- George Strait
- Taylor Swift
- Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year
- Miranda Lambert
- Martina McBride
- Reba McEntire
- Taylor Swift
- Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year
- Kenny Chesney
- Brad Paisley
- Darius Rucker
- George Strait
- Keith Urban

New Artist of the Year
- Randy Houser
- Jamey Johnson
- Jake Owen
- Darius Rucker
- Zac Brown Band

Vocal Group of the Year
- Eagles
- Lady Antebellum
- Little Big Town
- Rascal Flatts
- Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year
- Big & Rich
- Brooks & Dunn
- Joey + Rory
- Montgomery Gentry
- Sugarland

Single of the Year (Award goes to Artist and Producer)
- "Chicken Fried" by Zac Brown Band, produced by Keith Stegall, Atlantic Records
- "I Run To You" by Lady Antebellum, produced by Victoria Shaw and Paul Worley, Capitol Records Nashville
- "In Color" by Jamey Johnson, produced by The Kent Hardly Playboys, Mercury Nashville
- "People Are Crazy" by Billy Currington, produced by Carson Chamberlain and Billy Currington, Mercury Nashville
- "Then" by Brad Paisley, produced by Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois, Arista Nashville

Album of the Year (Award goes to Artist and Producer)
- "American Saturday Night" by Brad Paisley, produced by Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois, Arista Nashville
- "Defying Gravity" by Keith Urban, produced by Dann Huff and Keith Urban, Capitol Records Nashville
- "Fearless" by Taylor Swift, produced by Nathan Chapman and Taylor Swift, Big Machine Records
- "Love On The Inside" by Sugarland, produced by Byron Gallimore, Kristian Bush, and Jennifer Nettles, Mercury Nashville
- "That Lonesome Song" by Jamey Johnson, produced by The Kent Hardly Playboys, Mercury Records

Song of the Year (Award goes to Songwriter(s)
- "Chicken Fried" by Zac Brown/Wyatt Durrette
- "I Told You So" by Randy Travis
- "In Color" by Jamey Johnson/Lee Thomas Miller/James Otto
- "People Are Crazy" by Bobby Braddock/Troy Jones
- "Then" by Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois/Ashley Gorley

Musical Event of the Year (Award goes to each Artist)
- "Cowgirls Don't Cry" by Brooks & Dunn featuring Reba McEntire, Arista Nashville
- "Down The Road" by Kenny Chesney (with Mac McAnally), Blue Chair Records, LLC & BNA Records
- "Everything But Quits" by Lee Ann Womack (duet with George Strait), MCA Nashville
- "I Told You So" by Carrie Underwood featuring Randy Travis, 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville
- "Old Enough" by The Raconteurs featuring Ricky Skaggs and Ashley Monroe, Third Man Records/Warner Bros. Records

Music Video of the Year (Award goes to Artist and Director)
- "Boots On" by Randy Houser, directed by Eric Welch
- "Love Story" by Taylor Swift, directed by Trey Fanjoy
- "People Are Crazy" by Billy Currington, directed by The Brads
- "Start A Band" by Brad Paisley (duet with Keith Urban), directed by Jim Shea
- "Troubadour" by George Strait, directed by Trey Fanjoy

Musician of the Year
- Eddie Bayers - Drums
- Paul Franklin - Steel Guitar
- Dann Huff - Guitar
- Brent Mason - Guitar
- Mac McAnally - Guitar
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