March 05, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

In keeping with the country’s countdown to war, angry American Toby Keith earned the most nominations for the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards. The ”Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” singer put a boot in the competition’s ass, earning eight nods, including Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year (”Unleashed”), and Song, Video, and Single of the Year (”Courtesy…”). Alan Jackson followed with six nominations, while Kenny Chesney and Trick Pony earned five each.

The ACM gala is to the fall’s Country Music Association ceremony what the American Music Awards is to the Grammys — a Dick Clark-produced alternative. Clark’s ACM Awards, voted on by 3,000 industry insiders, is the only set of country music awards not handed out in Nashville. This year, host Reba McEntire will be passing out the Hats (actually, the cowboy hat-shaped trophies have been redesigned this year; they now look like cowboy hats on a pedestal). The 38th annual ceremony takes place at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay casino and will air live on CBS on May 21. A list of nominees is below.

Entertainer of the Year
Brooks & Dunn
Kenny Chesney
Dixie Chicks
Alan Jackson
Toby Keith

Female Vocalist
Terri Clark
Faith Hill
Martina McBride
Shania Twain
Lee Ann Womack

Male Vocalist
Kenny Chesney
Alan Jackson
Toby Keith
Tim McGraw
George Strait

Vocal Duo
Brooks & Dunn
Hometown News
Montgomery Gentry
Sons of the Desert
The Bellamy Brothers

Vocal Group
Diamond Rio
Dixie Chicks
Rascal Flatts
Trick Pony

New Female Vocalist
Kellie Coffey
Jennifer Hanson
Rebecca Lynn Howard

New Male Vocalist
Joe Nichols
Blake Shelton
Darryl Worley

New Vocal Duo/Group
Emerson Drive
Nickel Creek
Pin Monkey

Album of the Year
”Drive,” Alan Jackson
”Home,” Dixie Chicks
”No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems,” Kenny Chesney
”On a Mission,” Trick Pony
”Unleashed,” Toby Keith

Song of the Year
”A Lot of Things Different,” Kenny Chesney
”Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,” Toby Keith
”Drive,” Alan Jackson
”Forgive,” Rebecca Lynn Howard
”I’m Movin’,” Rascal Flatts

Vocal Event of the Year
”Beer For My Horses,” Toby Keith with Willie Nelson
”Designated Drinker,” Alan Jackson with George Strait
”Mendocino County Line,” Willie Nelson with Lee Ann Womack
”Picture,” Kid Rock with Sheryl Crow
”Whiskey River,” Trick Pony and Willie Nelson

Video of the Year
”Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,” Toby Keith
”Drive,” Alan Jackson
”I’m Gonna Miss Her,” Brad Paisley
”Just What I Do,” Trick Pony
”She’s My Kind of Rain,” Tim McGraw
”Who’s Your Daddy,” Toby Keith

Single Record of the Year
”19 Somethin’,” Mark Wills
”Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,” Toby Keith
”Just What I Do,” Trick Pony
”Somebody Like You,” Keith Urban
”The Good Stuff,” Kenny Chesney

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