Among his four nominations, Garth Brooks is a finalist for his third straight entertainer of the year award.
Gill was nominated for entertainer of the year, top malevocalist, single and musicvideo for “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away”; album for “I Still Believe in You” and song of the year for “I Still Believe in You.”
He also was nominated twice for vocal event of the year: his collaboration with Reba McEntire in “The Heart Won’t Lie” and the other with George Jones and an ensemble of country artists in “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair.”
Gill’s eight nominations are the most since Merle Haggard received nine in 1970.
Jackson was boosted by his feel-good summer hit, “Chattahoochee,” which is about frolicking on a Georgia river. The song earned him nominations for single, video and song of the year.
Jackson also is a finalist for entertainer of the year, male vocalist, album for “A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ‘Bout Love)” and vocal event for “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair.”
Finalists were chosen in 12 categories by 7,000 professionals in the country music industry. Winners will be announced during the nationally televised CMA awards show Sept. 29. Finalists are:
Entertainer of the Year: Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire.
Male Vocalist: John Anderson, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, George Strait.
Female Vocalist: Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Wynonna Judd, Reba McEntire, Pam Tillis, Tanya Tucker.
Single: “Ain’t That Lonely Yet,” Dwight Yoakam; “Chattahoochee,” Alan Jackson; “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away,” Vince Gill; “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair,” George Jones; “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane,” Tanya Tucker.
Album: “A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ‘Bout Love),” Alan Jackson; “The Chase,” Garth Brooks; “Come on Come on,” Mary-Chapin Carpenter; “Hard Workin’ Man,” Brooks & Dunn; “I Still Believe in You,” Vince Gill.
Vocal Group: Alabama, Confederate Railroad, Diamond Rio, Restless Heart, Sawyer Brown.
Vocal Duo: Bellamy Brothers, Brooks & Dunn, Darryl and Don Ellis, Sweethearts of the Rodeo.
Musicvideo: “Chattahoochee,” Alan Jackson; “Cleopatra Queen of Denial,” Pam Tillis; “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away,” Vince Gill; “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair,” George Jones; “Seminole Wind,” John Anderson.
Horizon Award: Mark Chesnutt, Sammy Kershaw, Tracy Lawrence, John Michael Montgomery, Trisha Yearwood.
Song of the Year (award to songwriter): “Ain’t That Lonely Yet,” Kostas, James House; “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” Ronnie Dunn; “Chattahoochee,” Alan Jackson and Jim McBride; “I Still Believe in You,” Vince Gill and John Barlow Jarvis; “Seminole Wind,” John Anderson.
Vocal Event: Clint Black with Wynonna Judd, “A Bad Goodbye;” George Jones with Vince Gill, Mark Chesnutt, Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, Joe Diffie, Alan Jackson, Pam Tillis, T. Graham Brown, Patty Loveless and Clint Black, “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair”; Reba McEntire and Vince Gill, “The Heart Won’t Lie”; Tanya Tucker with Delbert McClinton, “Tell Me About It”; Trisha Yearwood with Don Henley, “Walkaway Joe.”
Musician: Paul Franklin, John Barlow Jarvis, Brent Mason, Mark O’Connor, Matt Rollings.