Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney among CMA nominees

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kenny Chesney, the Country Music Association's reigning entertainer of the year, dominated the CMA Award nominations with seven.

Chesney is up again for entertainer of the year, along with Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, George Strait and Sugarland.

Chesney's other nominations include male vocalist, album of the year and single of the year for "Don't Blink."

The nominees were announced Wednesday.

Strait and Sugarland were the other leaders with five apiece.

Strait's nominations include single of the year for "I Saw God Today." Sugarland received a nod in the same category for "Stay."

Other multiple nominees included Paisley, Urban, Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Trace Adkins, Brooks & Dunn, Alison Krauss and newcomers Lady Antebellum.

The Eagles were nominated for vocal group of the year -- the first time in more than 30 years that they've been up for that honor.

These latest CMA nominations bring Jackson's career total to 79 -- more than any other artist.

The CMA awards are set for Nov. 12.


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