Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban.
See these top country acts and more at the 43rd annual CMA Awards, which will be aired live from the Sommet Center on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
CMA officials announced Monday that many of the top nominees will perform at the ceremony hosted by Paisley and Underwood.
Brooks & Dunn are nominated this year for Vocal Duo (which they have won a record 14 times) and Musical Event with McEntire for "Cowgirls Don't Cry."
Chesney, the reigning Entertainer of the Year (with four total wins in this category), has three nominations, including Entertainer; Male Vocalist; and Musical Event with Mac McAnally for "Down the Road."
McEntire has two nominations, including Female Vocalist (which she won four consecutive years during 1984-1987) and Musical Event with Brooks & Dunn for "Cowgirls Don't Cry."
Paisley, the reigning Male Vocalist (2007 and 2008), is this year's top-nominated artist with seven nominations, including Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Album for American Saturday Night; Single and Song for "Then" (which he co-wrote with Chris DuBois and Ashley Gorley); and Musical Event and Music Video for "Start a Band" with Urban.
Rucker, who released his debut solo Country album in 2008, received his first two CMA nominations this year for New Artist and Male Vocalist.
Country Music Hall of Fame member Strait received four nominations including Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Music Video for "Troubadour" and Musical Event for "Everything But Quits" with Lee Ann Womack (a category they won in 2005 with "Good News, Bad News"). With 79 career nominations, Strait is now tied with Alan Jackson as the most nominated artist in CMA Awards history.
Tickets for the 2009 CMA Awards can be purchased by logging on to www.ticketmaster.com; calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Sommet Center box office, 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, in Nashville). Ticket prices begin at $110 for Upper Level. All ticket prices include sales tax but exclude applicable service/handling fees.
"The 43rd Annual CMA Awards" is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
Premiere Radio Networks is the official radio packager of the CMA Awards. American Airlines is the official airline of the 2009 CMA Awards. Chevy: The Official Ride of Country Music.