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In addition to CBS, which will broadcast the awards, I am certain there are several of people who care about the Country Music Association Awards:

    Brooks & Dunn To Host 2004 CMA Awards With Special Guests Including Shania Twain

    Country Icon Kris Kristofferson And Industry Veteran Jim Foglesong To Be Inducted Into Country Music Hall of Fame During 2004 CMA Awards On November 9

    NASHVILLE – The final list of nominees for “The 38th Annual CMA Awards” is an across-the-board collection of hard-core traditionalists, Country Music hitmakers, sentimental favorites and mainstream innovators with a healthy dose of up-and-comers added to the mix.

    “Country Music is making waves in 2004 and this list of outstanding nominees is one of the reasons why,” said CMA Executive Director Ed Benson. “These talented performers, musicians, songwriters and producers demonstrates the artistic depth and creativity driving the burgeoning growth of our format over the past year. It is an exciting time for Country Music and the 2004 CMA Awards will definitely reflect that in November.”

    “The 38th Annual CMA Awards” will be broadcast live from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tuesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-11:00 PM; live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    For the first time in the history of the CMA Awards, the announcement of the final nominees was carried live on network and cable television from New York during “The Early Show” with CBS Anchor Hannah Storm and Country Music icon Kris Kristofferson on the CBS Television Network.

    ….After Kristofferson announced the final nominees in several key categories, Storm surprised him with the news that he will be formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during 2004 CMA Awards. Industry veteran Jim Foglesong, will also be inducted.

    ….Reigning CMA Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year Alan Jackson scored seven nominations including Entertainer; Male; Single and Song for “Remember When;” Musical Event for Jimmy Buffett’s ensemble celebration of the Hank Williams’ classic “Hey Good Lookin’” from Buffett’s License To Chill album; and two Music Video nominations for “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” with Buffett and the poignant “Remember When.”

    Toby Keith, who won his first CMA Award in 2001 for Male Vocalist, is a close second in 2004 with six nominations for Entertainer; Male; Album for Shock’N Y’all; Single and Music Video for “I Love This Bar;” and Musical Event with Buffett for “Hey Good Lookin’.” Keith is eligible for two additional trophies as co-producer of his nominated Album and Single.

    Close to the top with five nominations each were Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss and powerhouse newcomer Wilson. Chesney racked up nominations for Entertainer; Album for When The Sun Goes Down, which debuted in February at the top of the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart with 550,000 units; Male Vocalist; and two Musical Event nominations for “Hey Good Lookin’” and his duet with Uncle Kracker on “When The Sun Goes Down.” Chesney could collect another trophy as co-producer of his album.

    Known for her collaborations and artistic sensibility, Krauss returns to the CMA Awards in 2004 with five nominations including Female Vocalist; Single, Video and Musical Event for her work with Brad Paisley on “Whiskey Lullaby;” and a second Musical Event nod for her duet with James Taylor on “How’s The World Treating You” from Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’: Songs of the Louvin Brothers. This marks her third consecutive nomination for Female Vocalist.

    Wilson, who burst on the scene in May, amassed an amazing collection of five nominations including the coveted Horizon Award; Album for her double-Platinum debut Here For The Party; along with Single, Song and Video for her every-woman anthem, “Redneck Woman.”

    In 2004, Paisley received four nominations including Album for Mud On The Tires; and Single, Musical Event and Video for his emotional ballad “Whiskey Lullaby” with Krauss. Brooks & Dunn scored three nominations for Entertainer; Album for Red Dirt Road; and Duo of the Year, a category they have won a record setting 11 times. They can also win an additional trophy for co-producing their record.

    ….ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
    Brooks & Dunn
    Kenny Chesney
    Alan Jackson
    Toby Keith
    Tim McGraw

    FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
    Terri Clark
    Sara Evans
    Alison Krauss
    Martina McBride
    Reba McEntire

    MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
    Kenny Chesney
    Alan Jackson
    Toby Keith
    George Strait
    Keith Urban

    HORIZON AWARD
    Dierks Bentley
    Big & Rich
    Julie Roberts
    Josh Turner
    Gretchen Wilson

    VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
    Alabama
    Diamond Rio
    Lonestar
    Rascal Flatts
    Trick Pony

    VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
    Big & Rich
    Blue County
    Brooks & Dunn
    Montgomery Gentry
    The Warren Brothers

    SINGLE OF THE YEAR
    (Award goes to artist and producer)
    “I Love This Bar” – Toby Keith
    Produced by Toby Keith/James Stroud
    DreamWorks Records Nashville

    “Live Like You Were Dying” – Tim McGraw
    Produced by Byron Gallimore/Tim McGraw/Darran Smith
    Curb Records

    “Redneck Woman” – Gretchen Wilson
    Produced by Mark Wright/Joe Scaife
    Epic Records

    “Remember When” – Alan Jackson
    Produced by Keith Stegall
    Arista Nashville

    “Whiskey Lullaby” – Brad Paisley featuring Alison Krauss
    Produced by Frank Rogers
    Arista Nashville

    MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
    Matt Chamberlain – Drums
    Kenny Greenberg – Electric Guitar
    Dann Huff – Guitar
    Larry Paxton – Bass Guitar
    Brent Rowan – Guitar

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR
    (Award goes to artist and producer)
    Here For The Party – Gretchen Wilson
    Produced by Mark Wright/Joe Scaife
    Epic Records

    Mud On The Tires – Brad Paisley
    Produced by Frank Rogers
    Arista Nashville

    Red Dirt Road – Brooks & Dunn
    Produced by Kix Brooks/Ronnie Dunn/Mark Wright
    Arista Nashville

    Shock’N Y’All – Toby Keith
    Produced by Toby Keith/James Stroud
    DreamWorks Records Nashville

    When The Sun Goes Down – Kenny Chesney
    Produced by Buddy Cannon/Kenny Chesney
    BNA Records

    MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
    (Award goes to artist and director)
    “I Love This Bar” – Toby Keith
    Directed by Michael Salomon

    “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”– Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett
    Directed by Trey Fanjoy

    “Redneck Woman” – Gretchen Wilson
    Directed by David Hogan

    “Remember When” – Alan Jackson
    Directed by Trey Fanjoy

    “Whiskey Lullaby” – Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss
    Directed by Rick Schroder

    MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
    Norah Jones with Dolly Parton – “Creepin’ In”
    Blue Note Records

    Jimmy Buffett with Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith & George Strait – “Hey Good Lookin’”
    RCA Records

    James Taylor and Alison Krauss – “How’s The World Treating You”
    Universal South

    Kenny Chesney (Duet with Uncle Kracker) – “When The Sun Goes Down”
    BNA Records

    Brad Paisley featuring Alison Krauss – “Whiskey Lullaby”
    Arista Nashville

    SONG OF THE YEAR
    (Award goes to songwriter and primary publisher)
    “Live Like You Were Dying”
    Tim Nichols/Craig Wiseman
    Warner-Tamerlane/Big Loud Shirt

    “Long Black Train”
    Josh Turner
    Sony/ATV Tunes/Drivers Ed Music

    “Redneck Woman”
    Gretchen Wilson/John Rich
    Sony/ATV/Cross Keys/Hoosiermama Music/WB Music/Warner-Tamerlane

    “Remember When”
    Alan Jackson
    EMI April Music/Tri-Angels Music

    “Whiskey Lullaby”
    Bill Anderson/Jon Randall
    Mr. Bubba Music/Reyn Song/Sony/ATV Tree/Wha Ya Say

Sounds reasonable to me. Kristofferson has never really been a Nashville-type country singer, more of a folky Americana kind of guy, and has always been a much better songwriter than singer, but what songs: “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Highwayman,” “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “Why Me, Lord?” “For the Good Times,” “Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again).” Dude also became an actor, after a fashion.

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