Alan Jackson earns a record 10 CMA nominations -- The ''Where Were You'' singer breaks Merle Haggard's 32-year-old record, followed by Toby Keith's six nods
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Tammy Cochran
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Alan Jackson may not know the difference between Iraq and Iran, but he certainly knows how to please the 5,000 industry professionals who vote for the Country Music Association Awards. The nominations, announced Thursday, cite Jackson a record 10 times, beating the record of 9 nominations set by Merle Haggard back in 1970.

Jackson is up for Entertainer of the Year, along with Toby Keith, who has six nominations, as well as Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, and George Strait. All of the solo singers in that category are also up for Male Vocalist of the Year (which Keith won last year), along with Brad Paisley. Jackson is up against himself in three categories, Song of the Year (a composer’s award), Single of the Year, and Music Video of the Year, with his songs ”Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” and ”Drive (For Daddy Gene)” nominated in each of those categories. Like Jackson, Keith earned multiple nods for his post-Sept. 11 anthem, ”Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American),” cited for both Song and Single of the Year.

Other multiple nominees include Chesney and Alison Krauss with three nods each, and Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, Nickel Creek, and Rascal Flatts with two each. Paisley and Strait each earned four nods; with a total of 70 career nominations, Strait is the most-nominated CMA artist ever.

The 36th annual CMA ceremony will air live on CBS on Nov. 6 from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Vince Gill, whose 18 CMA wins are the most of any artist, will host the show for the 11th consecutive year. A full list of nominees is below.

Entertainer of the Year
Brooks & Dunn
Kenny Chesney
Alan Jackson
Toby Keith
George Strait

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

Female Vocalist of the Year
Sara Evans
Alison Krauss
Martina McBride
Lee Ann Womack
Trisha Yearwood

Horizon Award
Carolyn Dawn Johnson
Nickel Creek
Rascal Flatts
Phil Vassar
Darryl Worley

Vocal Group of the Year
Diamond Rio
Dixie Chicks
Lonestar
Nickel Creek
Rascal Flatts

Vocal Duo of the Year
Bellamy Brothers
Brooks & Dunn
Montgomery Gentry
Sons of the Desert
The Warren Brothers

Single of the Year
Martina McBride, ”Blessed”
Toby Keith, ”Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American)”
Alan Jackson, ”Drive (For Daddy Gene)”
Brad Paisley, ”I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)”
Alan Jackson, ”Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)”

Album of the Year
Alan Jackson, ”Drive”
Alison Krauss & Union Station, ”New Favorite”
Kenny Chesney, ”No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem”
Toby Keith, ”Pull My Chain”
Willie Nelson , ”The Great Divide”
George Strait, ”The Road Less Traveled”

Song of the Year
Toby Keith, ”Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American)”
Alan Jackson, ”Drive (For Daddy Gene)”
Carter Stanley, arranger, ”I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow”
Brad Paisley and Frank Rogers, ”I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)”
Alan Jackson, ”Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)”

Vocal Event of the Year
Garth Brooks and George Jones, ”Beer Run (B-double E-double Are You In?)”
Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw, ”Bring on the Rain”
Alan Jackson and George Strait, ”Designated Drinker”
Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch, ”I’ll Fly Away” (live)
Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack, ”Mendocino County Line”

Musician of the Year
Jerry Douglas, dobro
Glen Duncan, fiddle
Paul Franklin, steel guitar
Dann Huff, guitar
Brent Mason, guitar

Music Video of the Year
Alan Jackson, ”Drive (For Daddy Gene)”
Toby Keith, ”I Wanna Talk About Me”
Brad Paisley, ”I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)”
Travis Tritt, ”Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde”
Alan Jackson, ”Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)”

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