Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney Headline CMA Awards

Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney

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updated 09/29/2008 AT 11:00 AM ET

originally published 09/29/2008 AT 3:10 PM ET

Country’s best and hottest not only received multiple nominations for this year’s 42nd Annual CMA Awards, they’re going to perform as well.

Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney and George Strait are among the star-studded lineup of performers for the Nov. 12 show, the CMA announced Monday.

The performers are all up for some impressive awards.

Swift, 18, received her first female vocalist of the year nomination. Her single “Love Story,” off her second album Fearless is currently No. 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

Sugarland, the reigning vocal duo of the year, scored five nominations, including a Single and Music Video nomination for their hit “Stay.” Country legend Strait received five nominations while perennial favorite Alan Jackson – who has been nominated 79 times for CMAs – received four more this year.

Chesney, 40, however, leads the pack with seven nominations, including best entertainer, male vocalist and album of the year for Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates,.


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