Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and George Strait will vie with Gill for the entertainer of the year honor. Strait and Brooks & Dunn earned five nods each.
Thirteen-year-old Patsy Cline-clone LeAnn Rimes also cleaned up in her first year of eligibility. She was nominated for best single for her chart-topping "Blue," as well as for the Horizon Award for most promising new artist.
The nominations were announced this morning from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The awards ceremony airs on October 2 on CBS.
Here is the complete list of nominees:
Entertainer of the Year: Vince Gill, Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and George Strait.
Male Vocalist: Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Collin Raye, George Strait and Bryan White.
Female Vocalist: Faith Hill, Patty Loveless, Martina McBride, Pam Tillis and Shania Twain.
Horizon Award: Terri Clark, Wade Hayes, LeAnn Rimes, Shania Twain and Bryan White.
Vocal Group: Alabama, BlackHawk, Diamond Rio, The Mavericks and Sawyer Brown.
Vocal Duo: Baker & Myers, Bellamy Brothers, Brooks & Dunn, Sweethearts of the Rodeo and John & Audrey Wiggins.
Album of the Year: "Blue Clear Sky," George Strait; "Borderline," Brooks & Dunn; "High Lonesome Sound," Vince Gill; "The Trouble with the Truth," Patty Loveless; "Wild Angels," Martina McBride.
Musician of the Year: Eddie Bayers, Paul Franklin, Brent Mason, Mark O'Connor and Matt Rollings.
Single of the Year: "Blue," LeAnn Rimes; "Check Yes or No," George Strait; "Go Rest High on That Mountain," Vince Gill; "My Maria," Brooks & Dunn; "Time Marches On," Tracy Lawrence.
Vocal Event of the Year: Dolly Parton and Vince Gill, "I Will Always Love You"; George Jones and Tammy Wynette, "One"; Jeff Foxworthy and Alan Jackson, "Redneck Games"; Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt, "Honky Tonkin's What I Do Best"; Reba McEntire with Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride and Linda Davis, "On My Own".
Song of the Year (awarded to songwriter): "Any Man of Mine," Shania Twain, R.J. Lange; "Check Yes or No," Danny Wells, Dana Oglesby; "Go Rest High on That Mountain," Vince Gill; "Keeper of the Stars," Dickey Lee, Karen Staley, Danny Mayo; "Time Marches On," Bobby Braddock.
Music Video of the Year "Check Yes or No," George Strait; "Go Rest High on That Mountain," Vince Gill; "My Maria," Brooks & Dunn; "My Wife Thinks You're Dead," Junior Brown; and "Redneck Games," Jeff Foxworthy and Alan Jackson.