NASHVILLE, AUG. 17 -- Former catfish cook Randy Travis was named a finalist today in five categories in the 21st annual Country Music Association awards.

Reba McEntire and George Strait received nominations in four categories each.

Travis, who cooked in a Nashville nightclub until two years ago, led the finalists for the top award, entertainer of the year. He also is a finalist for top male vocalist, single of the year for "Forever and Ever, Amen," album of the year for "Always and Forever" and video of the year for "Forever and Ever, Amen."

Other finalists for entertainer of the year were McEntire, Strait, the mother-daughter duo the Judds and Hank Williams Jr.

Joining Travis and Strait as finalists for top male vocalist were George Jones, Ricky Skaggs and Williams.

Nominated with McEntire for No. 1 female vocalist were Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Kathy Mattea and Dolly Parton.

McEntire, voted entertainer of the year in 1986, also is a finalist for video of the year and album of the year, both for "What Am I Gonna Do About You."

Strait, chosen top male vocalist for the past two years, completed his nominations in the categories of album of the year for "Ocean Front Property" and No. 1 single for "All My Ex's Live in Texas."

Winners will be announced Oct. 12 during a nationally televised awards special on CBS