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Brooks & Dunn, Keith nab six noms each

Multiplatinum duo Brooks & Dunn and neo-honky-tonk singer Toby Keith garnered six nominations each Thursday for the 37th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, to be held May 22 at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles.

Both will be competing for entertainer of the year, album of the year and song of the year, among other honors at the ACM Awards, which will be broadcast live to the East Coast at 8 p.m. on CBS.

Fellow country-pop staples Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw and Travis Tritt took away four nominations each, and all three will duke it out for top male vocalist honors. Contemporary country group Diamond Rio and singer Tammy Cochran each earned three noms.

The “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack, which racked up five awards at the Grammys two weeks ago, got a relatively meager two noms, namely album of the year and vocal event of the year (for the Soggy Bottom Boys’ “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow”).

The soundtrack, which has sold nearly 4.4 million copies, has remained on the album charts for more than 14 months despite scant attention from mainstream country radio and musicvideo outlets.

Also getting two noms apiece were Garth Brooks, Trick Pony and Nickel Creek.

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