George Strait Gets 8 Nominations, Brooks & Dunn 7 For ACM Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - George Strait led the nominees announced
Monday for the Academy of Country Music Awards with eight
nominations, including entertainer of the year and top male

Vocal duo Brooks & Dunn got seven nominations and Rascal Flatts
had six. The announcement was made at the Country Music Hall of
Fame and aired live on CBS' "The Early Show."
The nominees were introduced by Kenny Chesney - the reigning ACM
entertainer of the year - and the duo Sugarland.

"Whenever you get nominated, it's a reflection of a lot of
people's hard work," Chesney said.
Carrie Underwood received five nominations and Big & Rich got

The 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be
presented May 15 in Las Vegas.
Strait also was nominated as artist and producer for the album
"It Just Comes Natural" and the single "Give it Away," which
also was nominated for song of the year.

Brooks & Dunn were honored in the entertainer of the year and
the top vocal duo categories, and their "Hillbilly Deluxe" was
nominated for album of the year.

Rascal Flatts got nominations for entertainer of the year, top
vocal group, best album for "Me and My Gang" and best single for
"What Hurts the Most."