For the 11th year, Vince Gill will host the Country Music Association Awards, this year set for Wednesday at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. CBS will carry the special at 8.
With this program, Gill, who holds a record 18 CMA Awards, will have the longest continuous run at the host's podium for any awards program.
Alan Jackson has 10 nominations; Toby Keith has eight.
Among scheduled performers are Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, George Strait, Shania Twain, Travis Tritt, Rascal Flatts, Nickel Creek, Martina McBride, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Keith Urban, Phil Vassar, Darryl Worley and Brad Paisley.
Porter Wagoner and Bill Carlisle will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
About 5,000 members of the CMA nominate and select the winners for the awards.
-Brooks & Dunn
-Lee Ann Womack
-Carolyn Dawn Johnson
-Brooks & Dunn
-Sons of the Desert
-The Warren Brothers
SINGLE (AWARDED TO ARTIST AND PRODUCERS)
-"Blessed," Martina McBride, produced by Paul Worley and Martina McBride
-"Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American)," Toby Keith, produced by James Stroud and Toby Keith
-"Drive (for Daddy Gene)," Alan Jackson, produced by Keith Stegall
-"I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)," Brad Paisley, produced by Frank Rogers
-"Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," Alan Jackson, produced by Keith Stegall
ALBUM (AWARDED TO ARTIST AND PRODUCERS)
-"Drive," Alan Jackson, produced by Keith Stegall
-"New Favorite," Alison Krauss & Union Station, produced by Krauss & Union Station
-"No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems," Kenny Chesney, produced by Buddy Cannon, Norro Wilson and Kenny Chesney
-"Pull My Chain," Toby Keith, produced by James Stroud and Toby Keith
-"The Great Divide," Willie Nelson, produced by Matt Serletic
-"The Road Less Traveled," George Strait, produced by Tony Brown and George Strait
SONG (AWARDED TO SONGWRITER AND
-"Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American)," Toby Keith, Tokeco Tunes
-"Drive (for Daddy Gene)," Alan Jackson, EMI April Music/Tri-Angels Music
-"I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow," arr. Carter Stanley, Peer International Corp.
-"I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)," Brad Paisley and Frank Rogers, EMI April Music/Sea Gayle Music
-"Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," Alan Jackson, EMI April Music/Tri-Angels Music
-"Beer Run," Garth Brooks and George Jones
-"Bring on the Rain," Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw
-"Designated Drinker," Alan Jackson and George Strait
-"I'll Fly Away," Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch
-"Mendocino County Line," Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack
-Jerry Douglas, dobro
-Glen Duncan, fiddle
-Paul Franklin, steel guitar
-Dann Huff, guitar
-Brent Mason, guitar
MUSIC VIDEO (AWARDED TO ARTIST AND DIRECTOR)
-"Drive (for Daddy Gene)," Alan Jackson, director Steven Goldmann
-"I Wanna Talk About Me," Toby Keith, director Michael Salomon
-"I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)," Brad Paisley, director Peter Zavadil
-"Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde," Travis Tritt, director Michael Merriman
-"Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," Alan Jackson, director Paul Miller