Keith also gets nods for 9/11-themed song

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Alan Jackson snared a record 10 Country Music Assn. Award nominations Thursday, led by his ballad commemorating the deadly attacks of Sept. 11.

The events of that day were also reflected in multiple nominations for Toby Keith, whose angry response to the assaults on New York and Washington — “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” — helped push the honky-tonk singer to the top of the charts.

The winners will be announced Nov. 6 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Kudocast, to air on CBS, will be hosted by Vince Gill.

Jackson’s 10 nominations beat the record held by Merle Haggard, who had nine in 1970.

The lanky traditional music veteran scored heavily with two smash hits — “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” based on the 9/11 attacks — and “Drive (For Daddy Gene).”

He was also nominated for entertainer of the year as well as male vocalist, album and vocal event for “Designated Drinker” with George Strait, and he received two nominations each for single, song and video.

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