The 2009 Country Music Awards Nominees Are Announced!

By: Celebuzz / February 11, 2009

The nominees for the 44th Annual Country Music Awards were announced this morning, and Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift all received nominations, according to the Academy of Country Music’s Web site.

The lucky nominees were announced in a press conference this morning by a country-gal quartet consisting of Julianne Hough, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes and Jessica  “right where she needs to be” Simpson at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“I’m Still a Guy” singer Paisley leads the pack with six nominations, including Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist.

Chesney follows right behind Paisley with four nominations, and is competing with Paisley in the areas of Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist.

“White Horse” rider Swift, 19, received two nods: One for Top Female Vocalist, and another for Video of the Year for her song “Love Story.”

The awards ceremony will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 5 on CBS.

Here is a complete list of the top nominees:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
•    Kenny Chesney
•    Brad Paisley
•    George Strait
•    Keith Urban
•    Carrie Underwood

TOP MALE VOCALIST
•    Kenny Chesney
•    Toby Keith
•    Brad Paisley
•    George Strait
•    Keith Urban

TOP FEMALE VOCALIST
•    Miranda Lambert
•    Heidi Newfield   
•    Taylor Swift
•    Carrie Underwood
•    Lee Ann Womack

TOP VOCAL GROUP
•    Lady Antebellum
•    Little Big Town
•    Rascal Flatts
•    Randy Rogers Band
•    The Lost Trailers

TOP VOCAL DUO
•    Big & Rich
•    Brooks & Dunn
•    Joey & Rory
•    Montgomery Gentry
•    Sugarland

TOP NEW MALE VOCALIST
•    Jamey Johnson
•    James Otto
•    Jake Owen

TOP NEW FEMALE VOCALIST
•    Sarah Buxton   
•    Julianne Hough
•    Ashton Shepherd

TOP NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP
•    Eli Young Band
•    The Lost Trailers
•    Zac Brown Band

   
SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR  
•    “Gunpowder & Lead,” Miranda Lambert
•    “In Color,” Jamey Johnson
•    “Johnny & June,” Heidi Newfield
•    “Waitin’ On A Woman,” Brad Paisley
•    “You’re Gonna Miss This,” Trace Adkins

SONG OF THE YEAR
•    “I Saw God Today,” George Strait
•    “In Color,” Jamey Johnson
•    “Johnny & June,” Heidi Newfield
•    “Waitin’ On A Woman,” Brad Paisley
•    “You’re Gonna Miss This,” Trace Adkins