Here are the Country Music Award nominees. Performances by Shania Twain and Toby Keith are planned for the Nov. 6 telecast

By Mickey O'Connor
Updated September 20, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT
Alan Jackson: Dan MacMedan/ImageDirect

The 36th annual Country Music Associaton Awards, the self-proclaimed ”biggest night in country music,” will certainly be a big one for Shania Twain, who will make her first network television appearance since 1999. Host Vince Gill will also introduce performances by nominees Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith, whose controversial post-9/11 anthem, ”Courtesy Of The Red, White & Blue (The Angry American),” has raised the ire of many mainstream country fans for its political themes.

Alan Jackson leads the pack of nominees with a record-breaking 10, followed closely by Keith, who earned six, and Brad Paisley and George Strait, who garnered four nods apiece. The CMAs will air on CBS on Wed., Nov. 6 — live from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. In the meantime, here is the complete list of nominees:

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

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

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

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

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

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