The 40th annual Country Music Association Award nominees have been announced, and the show has been set for Nov. 6th in Nashville. Although the controversial Dixie Chicks returned to store shelves with ‘Taking the Long Way’ (the one of the biggest selling country albums this year) the trio find themselves coming up short for any of the awards announced on Wednesday.
The Chicks, who have been facing poor ticket sales on their current tour, saw huge album sales when ‘Taking the Long Way’ was released, and its first single “”Not Ready to Make Nice” video saw heavy rotation on both country and rock video television channels.
The album was number one on the Hot Country Albums chart, Top Digital Albums Charts, and the Billboard 200 overall chart, going Gold in its first week with 526,000 units sold. However, its sales and chart topping status was not enough to get it considered for a single nomination.
Some of the 40th annual Country Music Association Award nominations include:
Entertainer of the year: Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban.
Female vocalist of the year: Sara Evans, Gretchen Wilson, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood,
Male vocalist of the year: Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, Keith Urban.
Vocal group of the year: Sugarland, Little Big Town, Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Lonestar, Rascal Flatts.
Vocal duo of the year: The Wreckers, Van Zant, Big & Rich, Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry.
Music video of the year for artist and director: “Kerosene,” Miranda Lambert; “Jesus Take the Wheel,” Carrie Underwood; “8th of November,” Big & Rich; “Believe,” Brooks & Dunn; “When I Get Where I’m Going,” Brad Paisley (featuring Dolly Parton).
Horizon Award: Miranda Lambert, Sugarland, Little Big Town, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood.
Single of the year for artist and producer: “Jesus Take the Wheel,” Carrie Underwood; “Summertime,” Kenny Chesney; “Believe,” Brooks & Dunn; “Better Life,” Keith Urban; “When I Get Where I’m Going,” Brad Paisley (featuring Dolly Parton).
Album of the year for artist and producer: “Time Well Wasted,” Brad Paisley; “Precious Memories,” Alan Jackson; “Hillbilly Deluxe,” Brooks & Dunn; “Me and My Gang,” Rascal Flatts; “The Road and the Radio,” Kenny Chesney.
Song of the year for songwriter and primary publisher: “Jesus Take the Wheel,” Hillary Lindsey, Brett James and Gordie Sampson; “Tonight I Wanna Cry,” Keith Urban and Monty Powell; “8th of November,” Big Kenny and John Rich; “Believe,” Craig Wiseman and Ronnie Dunn; “When I Get Where I’m Going,” Rivers Rutherford and George Teren.