Country singer Tim McGraw led the field in the annual Country Music Association Award nominations yesterday, pulling down seven, including one for entertainer of the year. McGraw was also nominated in the categories of male vocalist of the year, album of the year, music video of the year (for "Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me," with his wife, Faith Hill) and single of the year (for "Please Remember Me"). On McGraw's heels was Vince Gill, the all-time top CMA Award winner, with five nominations, while the Dixie Chicks grabbed four and George Strait three. The three-hour, 33rd annual CMA Awards show will be telecast live from the Grand Ole Opry House on CBS-TV at 8 p.m. Sept. 22.

Exhausted by a busy promotional schedule for his new album, Barry White has checked into a hospital and will postpone his U.S. tour until September. The 54-year-old soul singer was admitted Monday to a medical facility in San Diego, and was scheduled to undergo a full checkup. He will then spend several weeks recuperating at home. The tour, a double bill with Earth, Wind & Fire, was set to kick off Aug. 5 in Concord, Calif.

Iron Maiden's current tour is also off the road. MTV News reports that guitarist Dave Murray broke a finger last weekend in Los Angeles. The guitarist fractured the pinkie on his left hand, prompting the heavy-metal journeymen to cancel shows in San Jose on Saturday and Las Vegas on Monday. The band is expected to be back on stage by tomorrow night for a set in El Paso.