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Say 'When'

Here are the Country Music Association Award nominees -- Alan Jackson leads the pack with seven, followed by Toby Keith, Alison Krauss, Kenny Chesney, and newbie Gretchen Wilson

Alan Jackson | ACTION JACKSON Alan's up for seven awards
Image credit: Alan Jackson: Mark J. Terrill/AP
ACTION JACKSON Alan's up for seven awards

Alan Jackson's big single this year was called ''Remember When,'' as in, ''Remember when Alan Jackson didn't thoroughly dominate the Country Music Association awards?'' He did so again on Monday, as nominations were announced for the 38th annual CMA gala. Jackson led the nominees with seven nods, including one for Entertainer of the Year and three for ''Remember When.''

Toby Keith was close behind with six nods, including Entertainer of the Year. Earning five nods apiece were Alison Krauss, Kenny Chesney, and newcomer Gretchen Wilson. Other multiple nominees included Brad Paisley and Brooks & Dunn. The duo are not only up for Entertainer of the Year, but they'll also host the awards show, taking over for Vince Gill, who emceed the ceremony for 12 years.

Some of the citations were announced on CBS' ''Early Show,'' including the induction of Kris Kristofferson into the Country Music Hall of Fame. ''What a dirty trick,'' said the apparently surprised Kristofferson, who was there to read some of the nominees' names. ''I guess it means I'm old,'' said the 68-year-old singer/songwriter/actor. CBS will broadcast the awards ceremony live from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville on Nov. 9. A full list of nominees is below.

Entertainer of the Year
Brooks & Dunn
Kenny Chesney
Alan Jackson
Toby Keith
Tim McGraw

Female Vocalist of the Year
Terri Clark
Sara Evans
Alison Krauss
Martina McBride
Reba McEntire

Male Vocalist of the Year
Kenny Chesney
Alan Jackson
Toby Keith
George Strait
Keith Urban

Horizon Award [Best New Artist]
Dierks Bentley
Big & Rich
Julie Roberts
Josh Turner
Gretchen Wilson

Vocal Group of the Year
Alabama
Diamond Rio
Lonestar
Rascal Flatts
Trick Pony

Vocal Duo of the Year
Big & Rich
Blue County
Brooks & Dunn
Montgomery Gentry
The Warren Brothers

Single of the Year
Toby Keith, ''I Love This Bar''
Tim McGraw, ''Live Like You Were Dying''
Gretchen Wilson, ''Redneck Woman''
Alan Jackson, ''Remember When''
Brad Paisley featuring Alison Krauss, ''Whiskey Lullaby''

Musician of the Year
Matt Chamberlain, drums
Kenny Greenberg, electric guitar
Dann Huff, guitar
Larry Paxton, bass guitar
Brent Rowan, guitar

Album of the Year
Gretchen Wilson, ''Here For The Party''
Brad Paisley, ''Mud On The Tires''
Brooks & Dunn, ''Red Dirt Road''
Toby Keith, ''Shock 'N Y'All''
Kenny Chesney, ''When The Sun Goes Down''

Music Video of the Year
Toby Keith, ''I Love This Bar''
Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett, ''It's Five O'Clock Somewhere''
Gretchen Wilson, ''Redneck Woman''
Alan Jackson, ''Remember When''
Brad Paisley featuring Alison Krauss, ''Whiskey Lullaby''

Musical Event of the Year
Norah Jones with Dolly Parton, ''Creepin' In''
Jimmy Buffett with Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith & George Strait, ''Hey Good Lookin'''
James Taylor and Alison Krauss, ''How's the World Treating You''
Kenny Chesney (Duet with Uncle Kracker), ''When the Sun Goes Down''
Brad Paisley featuring Alison Krauss, ''Whiskey Lullaby''

Song of the Year
Tim McGraw, ''Live Like You Were Dying''
Josh Turner, ''Long Black Train''
Gretchen Wilson, ''Redneck Woman''
Alan Jackson, ''Remember When''
Brad Paisley featuring Alison Krauss, ''Whiskey Lullaby''

Originally posted Aug 30, 2004
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