2008 CMA Music Awards

The 2008 Country Music Awards are being held November 12th at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Hosted for the first time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, the reigning CMA male and Female Vocalists of the Yea, respectively, the 42nd Annual Awards show will air live at 8pm EST on ABC.  2008 CMA Award presenters Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray CyrusNotable presenters include Hollywood star and Tennesse native Reese Witherspoon, as well as Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus. Be sure to check out:

 The 2008 CMA Award Nominees are: CMA ENTERTAINER OF THE YEARKenny ChesneyBrad PaisleyGeorge StraitSugarlandKeith Urban CMA FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEARAlison KraussMiranda LambertMartina McBrideTaylor SwiftCarrie Underwood CMA MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEARKenny ChesneyAlan JacksonBrad PaisleyGeorge StraitKeith Urban CMA NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR Jason AldeanRodney AtkinsLady AntebellumJames OttoKellie Pickler CMA VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAREaglesEmerson DriveLady AntebellumLittle Big TownRascal Flatts CMA VOCAL DUO OF THE YEARBig & RichBrooks & DunnMontgomery GentrySugarlandThe Wreckers CMA SINGLE OF THE YEAR(Award goes to Artist and Producer)“Don’t Blink”Kenny ChesneyProduced by Buddy Cannon and Kenny ChesneyBNA Records “Gunpowder & Lead”Miranda LambertProduced by Frank Liddell and Mike WruckeColumbia Records “I Saw God Today”George StraitProduced by Tony Brown and George StraitMCA Nashville “Stay”SugarlandProduced by Byron Gallimore, Kristian Bush and Jennifer NettlesMercury Nashville “You’re Gonna Miss This”Trace AdkinsProduced by Frank RogersCapitol Records Nashville CMA ALBUM OF THE YEAR(Award goes to Artist and Producer)Carnival RideCarrie UnderwoodProduced by Mark Bright19 Recordings Limited/Arista/Arista Nashville Cowboy TownBrooks & DunnProduced by Tony Brown, Ronnie Dunn, Kix Brooks and Bob DiPieroArista Nashville Good TimeAlan JacksonProduced by Keith StegallArista Nashville Just Who I Am: Poets & PiratesKenny ChesneyProduced by Buddy Cannon and Kenny ChesneyBNA Records TroubadourGeorge StraitProduced by Tony Brown and George StraitMCA Nashville CMA SONG OF THE YEAR(Award goes to Songwriter and Primary Publisher)“Good Time”Alan JacksonEMI-April Music/Tri-Angels Music “I Saw God Today”Rodney Clawson/Monty Criswell/Wade KirbyBig Red Toe/Extremely Loud Music/Steel Wheels Music/Blind Mule Music “Letter To Me”Brad PaisleyEMI-April Music/New Sea Gayle Music “Stay”Jennifer NettlesJennifer Nettles Publishing “You’re Gonna Miss This”Lee Thomas Miller/Ashley GorleyEMI Blackwood Music/New Songs of Sea Gayle/Noah’s Little Boat Music/Songs of Combustion Music CMA MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR(Award to each Artist)Josh Turner featuring Trisha Yearwood“Another Try”MCA Nashville Reba McEntire and Kenny Chesney“Every Other Weekend”MCA Nashville Robert Plant and Alison Krauss“Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)”Rounder Records Sugarland featuring Little Big Town and Jake Owen“Life In A Northern Town” Mercury Nashville Kenny Chesney (duet with George Strait)“Shiftwork”BNA Records CMA MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR(Award goes to Artist and Director)“Don’t Blink”Kenny ChesneyDirected by Shaun Silva “Good Time”Alan JacksonDirected by Trey Fanjoy “Stay”SugarlandDirected by Shaun Silva “Waitin’ On A Woman”Brad Paisley featuring Andy GriffithDirected by Jim Shea and Peter Tilden “You’re Gonna Miss This”Trace AdkinsDirected by Peter Zavadil CMA MUSICIAN OF THE YEARJerry Douglas – DobroPaul Franklin – Steel GuitarDann Huff – GuitarBrent Mason – Guitar Mac McAnally – Guitar________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 06, 2008 CMA ANNOUNCES "NASHVILLE CELEBRATES COUNTRY" EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES LEADING UP TO THE 2008 CMA AWARDS NASHVILLE –To pave the way for "Country Music's Biggest Night™" events and activities are being planned throughout Nashville to celebrate the  "The 42nd Annual CMA Awards." Known as "Nashville Celebrates Country" these private events and public concerts add a heighted level of excitement and anticipation leading up to the 2008 CMA Awards, which will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12 (7:00-10:00 PM/CT) from the Sommet Center and broadcast live on the ABC Television Network. "It's great to see so many groups and organizations planning events around the CMA Awards that contribute to the excitement and anticipation for the main event next Wednesday," said CMA Chief Executive Officer Tammy Genovese. "'Nashville Celebrates Country' is an opportunity for the entire city to become involved in the Awards celebration." "Nashville Celebrates Country" will highlight private and public events and promotional initiatives throughout Downtown Nashville with live music, celebrity appearances and more.  


 1.  Music City Walk of Fame Induction (open to the public)Seven Nashville notables will be inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame, which begins at the Hall of Fame Park and works its way up Demonbreun Street toward Music Row. The 2008 inductees include Trace Adkins, Little Richard, Martina McBride, Michael McDonald, Elvis Presley, Randy Travis, and Country Music Hall of Fame member and former CMA Executive Director Jo Walker-Meador. DetailsTime:  2:00-4:00 PM/CTLocation: Hall of Fame Park, Demonbreun Street, between Fourth and Fifth    AvenuesInformation: Contact Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau (615) 259-4730  


 1.  Premiere Radio Networks – Radio Remote Broadcast (private event)Forty-nine radio stations from across the country broadcast morning and afternoon drive time Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 9-12, from Nashville. Nationally syndicated "After Midnite with Blair Garner" will also participate in the Premiere remotes. DetailsTime:  6:00 AM/CT-10:00 AM/CT and 2:00-6:00 PM/CT  2.  Chevy CMA Awards Week Activities (CMA event, free/open to the public)Chevy Music Tour elements will include vehicle displays showcasing the all new Traverse, Malibu, Corvette ZR1 and the Silverado; the XM Ultimate Listening Tour; a chance for fans to take a picture next to a life-sized image of Country Music stars; and commemorative Chevy/CMA Awards giveaways. DetailsTime:  12:00 Noon-8:00 PM/CTLocation: Sommet Center Plaza, corner of Broadway and Fifth Avenue  3.  International Media Reception (CMA private event)Members of the international Country Music media and industry come together to honor their own. Countries represented include Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Norway, and the United Kingdom. DetailsTime:  4:00-5:30 PM/CTLocation: Marketstreet at the Downtown Hilton  4.  SESAC Nashville Music Awards (private event)SESAC's Nashville Music Awards and Dinner honors the successes of its member writers and publishers during the past year. DetailsTime:    6:30 PM/CTLocation: SESAC, 55 Music Square EastInformation: Call Shawn Williams (615) 320-0055 or swilliams@sesac.com  


 1.  Chevy CMA Awards Week Activities (CMA event, free/open to the public)Chevy Music Tour elements will include vehicle displays showcasing the all newTraverse, Malibu, Corvette ZR1 and the Silverado; the XM Ultimate Listening Tour; a chance for fans to take a picture next to a life-sized image of Country Music stars; and commemorative Chevy/CMA Awards giveaways. Details Time:  12:00 Noon-7:00 PM/CT Location: Sommet Center Plaza, corner of Broadway and Fifth Avenue  2.  Chevy CMA Awards Kickoff Concert (CMA event, free/open to the public)Chevy will host a free-to-the-public concert in Downtown Nashville on the Chevy Stage featuring performances by Rodney Atkins, Kevin Costner & Modern West, Eli Young Band, and Heidi Newfield. DetailsTime:  4:00-7:00 PM/CTLocation: Sommet Center Plaza, corner of Broadway and Fifth Avenue  3.  56th Annual BMI Country Awards (private event)The BMI Country Awards honor the songwriters and publishers of the 50 songs that received the most radio and TV airplay last year. Highlights of the black-tie gala include the announcements of the Songwriter and Publisher of the Year, and the Most Performed Country Song of the Year (the Robert J. Burton Award) Media Access:  Red carpet access is tight due to space limitations. Award show access is very limited. Event photos (including shots of the celebrity guests) will be posted early Nov. 12 at http://www.bmi.com/press. Credential requests can be filled out at http://www.bmi.com/press/credential/. Details Time:   Red carpet 6:30 PM/CT; BMI Awards gala 9:00 PM/CTLocation: BMI, 10 Music Square EastInformation: Kay Clary at BMI, (615) 401-2728; or kclary@bmi.com  4. Opry at the Ryman (ticketed event)The Grand Ole Opry returns to its original home at the Ryman Auditorium on this special night of music. Performers include Suzy Bogguss, Eli Young Band, Jack Ingram, Del McCoury, and Lorrie Morgan. DetailsTime:   7:00-9:00 PM/CTLocation: Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Avenue NorthTickets: Adults $51.00/$39.00/$36.00 (children ages 4-11 $51.00/$29.00/$26.00).       For more information or to order tickets call (615) 871-OPRY, or (800) SEE-OPRY (733-6779). Media Contact: Darlene Bieber, Schmidt Relations, (615) 846-3878 or darlene@schmidtrelations.com  5. CMA Songwriters Series at the Hard Rock Cafe presented by American Airlines (ticketed event)Nashville hit songwriters Dave Berg, Deanna Bryant, Ashley Gorley, and Kelly Lovelace will perform some of their hits as well as offer insights into the stories behind the songs. DetailsTime:   9:30 PM/CTLocation: Hard Rock Cafe, 100 BroadwayTickets:  Tickets are $20.00 and available at www.ticketalternative.com Information: Contact Hard Rock Cafe at (615) 742-9900Note:  There are no media tickets available for this event.  


 1.  "Good Morning America" (free and open to the public)Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus kick off CMA Awards day with a concert performance on ABC's "Good Morning America." The public is invited to come out for this free event. DetailsTime:  7:00-8:00 AM/CTLocation: Chevy Stage, Sommet Center Plaza, corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway  2.  CMA Awards Red Carpet Bleachers presented by Chevy (private event for contest winners)Contest winners will have a chance to greet the stars as they arrive at the CMA Awards Red Carpet. DetailsTime:  3:00-7:00 PM/CTLocation: Fifth Avenue and Demonbreun  3.  "The 42nd Annual CMA Awards" (CMA ticketed event)"Country Music's Biggest Night" is broadcast live from the Sommet Center on the ABC Television Network. DetailsTime:  7:00-10:00 PM/CTLocation: Sommet Center, 501 Broadway Tickets for the 2008 CMA Awards are on sale now and can be purchased by logging on to www.ticketmaster.com; calling (615) 255-9600; or in person at the Sommet Center box office, 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, in Nashville). Ticket prices begin at $110 for Bronze-level seating (upper level); $327.75 for Silver-level seating (club level); and $382.50 for Gold-level seating (lower level). All prices include sales tax but exclude applicable service/handling fees. 


 Feel like having a little fun?  Test your trivia skills with these questions about the 2008 CMA Awards:   bbennett 11.9999 Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} 42ND ANNUAL CMA AWARDS TRIVIA (37 questions)   Question: Which nominee for Album of the Year just received his 79th CMA Award nomination?   2008 CMA awards nominee Alan JacksonAnswer: Alan Jackson’s four 2008 CMA Award nominations for Male Vocalist, Album, Song and Music Video of the Year have once again secured his spot as the most nominated artist in CMA Awards history. First nominated in 1990, Jackson has taken home 16 CMA Awards including 1994 and 2002 Album of the Year. Fellow Album of the Year Nominee, George Strait, holds second place with an impressive 75 nominations.   Question: While Alan Jackson holds the title of most nominated artist in CMA Awards history, which Album of the Year nominee can claim the title of the most Award wins in the history of the CMA Awards?   Answer: Brooks & Dunn have won the most CMA Award trophies, a total of 19. The duo took home the Entertainer of the Year honor in 2006, but the bulk of their CMA Awards came from their record-setting 14 wins as Vocal Duo of the Year. Also nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year again this year, Brooks & Dunn are poised to extend their lead   Question: This nominee for Album of the Year has just received his or her first nomination in the category. Who is it?   2008 CMA Awards co-host Carrie UnderwoodAnswer: Carrie Underwood’s Album of the Year nomination marks the first time the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year has been recognized in the category. The nomination of Carnival Ride, Underwood’s second album, should be especially sweet for her since she co-wrote four of the songs. Underwood’s nomination also marks the first time a female has been nominated in the category since Lee Ann Womack’s win for There’s More Where That Came From in 2005.   Question: Which nominee for Album of the Year was the first artist to perform at the new home of the Indianapolis Colts, the Lucas Oil Stadium?  2008 CMA Awards nominee Kenny ChesneyAnswer: Kenny Chesney’s Sept. 13 show not only closed the 2008 “Poets & Pirates Tour” but also filled the brand new Lucas Oil Stadium to capacity with 50,528 fans in attendance. After hours of music from tour-mates Gary Allan, Brother Trouble, Luke Bryan, LeAnn Rimes and Keith Urban, the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year wrapped up his nation-wide stadium tour with over two hours of Chesney favorites and classic covers.   Question: Which Album of the Year nominee will bring the Holiday spirit a bit early by releasing a new Christmas album on October 7?  CMA Awards Album of the year nominee George StraitAnswer: Country Music Hall of Fame member, George Strait, will release his newest Christmas collection, Classic Christmas, just in time to get in the holiday spirit. The 10 traditional holiday songs will include the Christmas anthem "We Three Kings," the playful "Up on the Housetop," and enduring classics such as "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing," "Deck the Halls," "O Come, All Ye Faithful," and "We Wish You A Merry Christmas," among others.   Question: Which 2008 Musical Event of the Year nominee has won the most Awards in this category?  Answer: It is a tie between George Strait and Alison Krauss. Strait's wins came from 2005's "Good News, Bad News," with Lee Ann Womack and 2000's "Murder on Music Row," with Alan Jackson. Krauss's Awards consist of pairings with Brad Paisley on 2004's "Whisky Lullaby" and Shenandoah on "Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart" in 1995.   Question: Which Musical Event of the Year nominee recently became a published author for the first time this year?  Answer: In April, Trisha Yearwood published her first cookbook, Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen (Recipes From My Family to Yours). The book, co-written with her mother and sister, showcases 120 of the great southern foods she grew up enjoying in her hometown of Monticello, Ga.. Yearwood's cookbook debuted at No. 3 on The New York Times Bestseller list.   Question: Which song nominated for Musical Event of the Year was originally a Top 10 pop hit in 1985?  Answer: Sugarland, Little Big Town and Jake Owen's rendition of "Life In A Northern Town" was performed on Sugarland's "Change for Change Tour," but the song, originally released by British folk-rock group Dream Academy, had already gained popularity more than a decade earlier. Sugarland, Little Big Town and Owen's version of the hit was so popular with the fans that Sugarland included the live track on the Deluxe Fan Edition of their current album, Love on the Inside, and Little Big Town will follow suit on their upcoming re-release of A Place to Land.   Question: Which Musical Event of the Year nominee is set to release a three-CD set of their Top 50 hits in October?  CMA Music Awards nominee Reba McEntireAnswer: Reba McEntire's Oct. 28 release, 50 Greatest Hits, spans her tenure with MCA Records beginning in 1984. Featuring 20 No. 1 hits and 46 Top 10 singles, Reba's retrospective follows her hugely successful Duets album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, a first in her 30 year career.   Question: Which Musical Event of the Year nominee makes their movie acting debut this fall?  Answer: Josh Turner will appear in the upcoming movie, "Billy: The Early Years," the story of famed preacher, Billy Graham. Turner portrays the legendary George Beverly Shea, Graham's close friend and music director. Turner's rendition of the gospel classic, "Almost Persuaded," is a featured song for the movie which is scheduled to hit theaters Oct. 10.   Question: Which 2008 nominee won the 2007 CMA Musical Event of the Year with the help of his or her "friends?"  Answer: Kenny Chesney's collaboration with Tracy Lawrence and Tim McGraw on "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" took home the trophy last year.   Question: Which Musical Event of the Year nominee has had one of their most well-known hit songs covered by CMA Award winner Dolly Parton?  Answer: Robert Plant's "Stairway to Heaven," was covered by Dolly Parton in 2002 as a part of her bluegrass album, Halos and Horns. Plant, who co-wrote the song with famed guitarist Jimmy Page, originally released it in 1971 as part of the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin.   Question: Which member of a Vocal Duo of the Year nominee recently participated in the world-famous Running of the Bulls?  2008 CMA Awards Duo nominee Brooks and DunnAnswer: Brooks & Dunn's Kix Brooks was vacationing in July with his family when he decided to participate in the Festival of San Fermin in Spain. The annual event, a tradition for the past 400 years, is known for its running of the bulls through the alleyways of Pamplona. Brooks enjoyed the adrenaline-rushing adventure and lived to tell about it.   Question: Which member of a Vocal Duo of the Year nominee is a member of a famous family known for their baked beans?  Answer: Kristian Bush of Sugarland grew up believing his career would be in the family business of Bush Brothers & Co., the producer of the nation's top-selling baked beans brand. Bush's grandfather, A.J. Bush founded the company in 1908 in East Tennessee. Bush's decision to become an artist has paid off as he and his duo partner Jennifer Nettles received their 11th CMA nomination.   Question: Which Vocal Duo of the Year nominee actually started their career with one member being a backup singer for the other?  Answer: The Wreckers began their Country music career in 2004 when solo artist Michelle Branch took a hiatus from being a pop performer. At the time, Jessica Harp was Branch's touring backup singer in addition to pursuing singing and songwriting in Nashville on her own. The collaboration launched their debut Country album Stand Still, Look Pretty in 2006.   Question: Which member of a Vocal Duo of the Year nominee is the older sibling to a CMA Horizon Award winner?  Answer: Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery is the elder brother to 1994's Horizon Award winner John Michael Montgomery. Montgomery Gentry began their career after a two year break from the band Young Country, during which Troy Gentry performed as a solo opening act for John Michael.   Question: Which nominee for duo of the year recently recorded the Beastie Boys' classic "You've Got To Fight For Your Right To Party?"  CMA Music awards nominee Big and RichAnswer: Big & Rich's cover of "You've Got To Fight For Your Right To Party" was included on The Imus Ranch Record, released Sept. 16.. Proceeds from this special CD benefit the Imus Ranch, a unique working cattle ranch in New Mexico run by Don and Deirdre Imus, which hosts children who are afflicted with cancer or other serious blood diseases.   Question: Which 2008 Vocal Group of the Year nominee has the best-selling album of all time?  Answer: According to the RIAA, the Eagles' Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 is the best selling album of all time with 29 million copies sold. Michael Jackson's Thriller album comes in second with albums from Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and AC/DC rounding out the Top Five.   Question: Which 2008 Vocal Group of the Year has their own golf tournament?  Answer: Emerson Drive hosted the Second Annual Brad Mates/E-Drive Charity Golf Tournament in lead vocalist Mates' hometown of Grand Prairie, AB, Canada on Sept. 10. The event raised over $100,000 to benefit the University of Alberta Hospital's research program dedicated to curing Parkinson's disease.   Question: Which 2008 Vocal Group of the Year nominee host their own weekly internet video series?  Answer: Lady Antebellum are the proud hosts of "Webisode Wednesdays" on their own Lady A TV. These video diaries, posted every Wednesday on the band's website, chronicle the hectic tour and media schedule of the 2008 Vocal Group and New Artist of the Year nominees.   Question: Which 2008 Vocal Group of the Year nominee has donated $2.2 million dollars from their Nashville concerts to benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt?  Answer: Over the past three years, Rascal Flatts has donated $2.2 million dollars to benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. The hospital is a leading provider of pediatric healthcare, serving Middle Tennessee and beyond. The freestanding 222-bed children's hospital is dedicated to high level pediatric, sub-specialty treatment and trauma care. Another benefit concert will be held Oct. 17at Nashville's Sommet Center with Taylor Swift as a special guest.   Question: Which 2008 Vocal Group of the Year nominee members recently recorded a song with Elvis Presley?  Answer: Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town recently collaborated with The King on "O Little Town of Bethlehem" using the most advanced and sophisticated audio technology available. The song will be on the upcoming Elvis Presley's Christmas Duets, due in stores on Oct. 14.   Question: Which New Artist of the Year nominee received a unique opportunity to bowl in the President's bowling alley at the White House?  Answer: Rodney Atkins performed at a National Adoption Day celebration last year with President George W. Bush in attendance at the White House. In addition, Atkins received a VIP tour of the White House and even had the chance to bowl in the president's personal bowling alley. Atkins performed two songs for the invitation-only audience, with an additional song being requested by President Bush.   Question: Which New Artist of the Year nominee recorded an exclusive track for the2008 Beijing Olympics soundtrack?  Answer: Lady Antebellum recently recorded "I Was Here" for the AT&T Team USA Soundtrack, which featured songs that motivated Team USA athletes at the recent Beijing Olympics. All proceeds from downloads of the track will benefit Team USA.   Question: Which New Artist of the Year nominee can now include sous chef to his growing resume?  Answer: James Otto was featured as a special guest on Food Network's hit show "Dinner: Impossible" starring celebrity Iron Chef Michael Symon. The theme was for Otto to assist Symon in preparing and serving 300 guests at the Grand Ole Opry under the direction of Country legend Charlie Daniels. While Symon taught Otto all about cooking, Otto was able to return the favor by giving Symon lessons in the history of Country Music.   Question: Which New Artist of the Year nominee and Georgia native uses his or her tattoo as inspiration for album logos?  Answer: Macon, Ga. native Jason Aldean has a black and red tattoo on his left shoulder which is captured in various forms on Jason Aldean merchandise. The tattoo is the design of a sun-burst and can be seen in the background on the cover of his latest album Relentless.   Question: Which New Artist of the Year nominee co-wrote a song on his or her most recent album with the reigning Horizon Award winner?  CMA Awards nominee Kellie PicklerAnswer: Kellie Pickler's self-titled sophomore album features "Best Days of Your Life" written by Pickler and 2007 Horizon Award winner Taylor Swift. Pickler and Swift wrote the song together last year while on tour with reigning Male Vocalist of the Year and co-host of "The 42nd Annual CMA Awards," Brad Paisley.   Question: Which 2008 Male Vocalist of the Year nominee solely wrote all 17 tracks on his current album?  Answer: Alan Jackson is the only 2008 Male Vocalist of the Year nominee that exclusively wrote every song on his current album Good Time. Jackson holds the record of having the most career CMA Awards nominations with 79.   Question: Which 2008 Male Vocalist of the Year nominee started his career at an early age by opening for Country legends?  2008 CMA Awards nominee and host Brad PaisleyAnswer: Brad Paisley began his career as a musician at the age of 8. After learning the guitar with lessons from his grandfather, he was opening for Country superstars such as The Judds and George Jones by age 13 at the Capitol Music Hall in Wheeling, W.Va.   Question: Which 2008 Male Vocalist of the Year nominee was featured in a music video of fellow2008 Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Alan Jackson before he had released his own debut album?  Answer: Keith Urban was a featured guitarist in the music video for Alan Jackson's 1993 hit "Mercury Blues". Urban's first album debuted six years later in 1999, but he has also showcased his guitar skills for additional CMA Award winners including Brooks & Dunn and Dixie Chicks.   Question: Which nominee for the 2008 Male Vocalist of the Year can claim the title of "doctor"?  Answer: George Strait has the privilege of being able to use Dr. Strait as an official title. Strait received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Texas State University, his alma mater, in 2006. The university grants honorary degrees to individuals that have achieved astonishing levels of success. Strait graduated from Texas State in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in agriculture.   Question: Which 2008 Male Vocalist of the Year nominee is set to launch his own rum?  Answer: Kenny Chesney recently decided to collaborate with Constellation Spirits to develop, market and advertise his own premium rum. The rum is scheduled to hit store shelves in 2010. Constellation Spirits is the producer of Corona beer, which sponsored Chesney's 2008 Poets & Pirates Tour.   Question: Which 2008 Female Vocalist of the Year nominee started her entertainment career by appearing in a TV advertisement?  Answer: Miranda Lambert was featured in a Ruffles potato chip ad before she recorded her debut album Kerosene. Lambert was placed in the ad after participation in a talent contest led to a contract with an entertainment agency. The agency also helped Lambert land a small role in the 2001 comedy Slap Her She's French.   Question: Which 2008 Female Vocalist of the Year nominee recently recorded "Blue Christmas" with the late Elvis Presley?  Answer: Martina McBride just recorded Elvis Presley's classic "Blue Christmas" for the Elvis Presley's Christmas Duets album. The recently released album is Presley's first duet album ever. McBride is also set to kick off the holiday season on Nov. 21 in Memphis with the lighting of Presley's blue holiday lights and decorations at Graceland.   Question: Which 2008 Female Vocalist of the Year nominee spent her childhood on a Christmas tree farm?  Taylor Swift CMA Awards 2008Answer: Taylor Swift grew up on a Christmas tree farm in her hometown of Reading, Pa. Writing poetry and planning at an early age to attend college to pursue journalism, the reigning CMA Horizon Award winner's innate ability to compose lyrically and musically helped her write and/or co-write all 11 tracks on her debut self-titled album.   Question: Which 2008 Female Vocalist of the Year nominee was salutatorian of her high school class?  Answer: Carrie Underwood graduated in 2001 from Checotah High School in Oklahoma as salutatorian of her class. Underwood went on to major in mass communications at Northeastern State University until her "American Idol" audition in 2005. Ever the student, Underwood completed her credit hours after the whirlwind of winning "American Idol" and graduated magna cum laude in 2006. Underwood's success has also led her to be the reigning Female Vocalist of the Year for two consecutive years and co-host of "The 42nd Annual CMA Awards."   Question: Out of the 2008 Female Vocalist of the Year nominees, which nominee was the youngest to receive a record deal?  Answer: Alison Krauss was only 14 when she was signed with Rounder Records. Krauss' signing to Rounder Records at such an early age has helped her progress as an instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer for not only herself but other Country legends such as Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, and Alan Jackson to name a few.  Check out other information on our CMA Music Awards page.