Finalists for the 36th Annual Country Music Association Awards (CMA’s) were recently announced at a press conference at the Coliseum in Nashville (8/29). Toby Keith received the top number of nominations among BMI writers with eight, including Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album for Pull My Chain, Single and Song for "Courtesy of The Red, White & Blue (The Angry American)," and Video of the Year for "I Wanna Talk About Me." Keith won his first CMA Award in 2001 for Male Vocalist.
Brooks & Dunn
Alison Krauss garnered three nods for Album of the Year (New Favorite with Union Station), Vocal Event with Gillian Welch for their live version of "I'll Fly Away," and Female Vocalist, which she won in 1995. Producer Keith Stegall was also acknowledged three times: twice in the Single of the Year category ("Drive [For Daddy Gene]" and "Where Were You [When The World Stopped Turning]"), and once for Album (Drive).
Multiple CMA winners Brooks & Dunn were mentioned in the Entertainer and Vocal Duo categories, the latter of which they claimed in 2001. Martina McBride earned a repeat nomination for Female Vocalist as well as Single ("Blessed"), and Rascal Flatts are contenders for Horizon and Vocal Group. Hall of Famer Willie Nelson received nods for Album (The Great Divide(), and Vocal Duo with Lee Ann Womack ("Mendocino County Line"). Bluegrass trio Nickel Creek is vying for Group of the Year and Horizon Award. Also scoring two mentions was producer James Stroud, for his work with Toby Keith (Pull My Chain and "Courtesy of The Red, White & Blue [The Angry American]").
The 2002 broadcast of the CMA Awards marks the 11th consecutive year that Vince Gill will host the program. Gill has garnered 18 CMA Awards, more than any other artist. He won the CMA Male Vocalist Award for five consecutive years (1991-1995), an achievement unequaled in the awards' history. The CMA Awards will be broadcast live Wednesday, November 6 on CBS from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.
BMI's 2002 CMA Awards Nominees:
Brooks & Dunn
Brooks & Dunn
The Warren Brothers
"Blessed" Martina McBride (artist & producer)
"Courtesy Of The Red, White & Blue (The Angry American)" Toby Keith (artist & producer) James Stroud (producer)
"Drive (For Daddy Gene)" Keith Stegall (producer)
"Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)" Keith Stegall (producer)
Drive Keith Stegall (producer)
New Favorite Alison Krauss & Union Station (artist) Alison Krauss (producer)
No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem Norro Wilson (producer)
Pull My Chain Toby Keith (artist & producer) James Stroud (producer)
The Great Divide Willie Nelson (artist)
The Road Less Traveled Tony Brown (producer)
"Courtesy Of The Red, White & Blue (The Angry American)" Toby Keith Tokeco Songs
"I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" Arranged by Carter Stanley Peer International Corp.
George Jones "Beer Run (B-double E-double Are You In?)"
Tim McGraw "Bring On The Rain"
Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch "I'll Fly Away" (live)
Willie Nelson "Mendocino County Line"
Jerry Douglas - dobro
Glen Duncan - fiddle
Brent Mason - guitar
"I Wanna Talk About Me" Toby Keith
"Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde" Travis Tritt