It may be a new year, but it's more or less the same old song for the Country Music Assn. Awards—at least as far as their nominees are concerned.
Which is good news for perennial honky-tonk favorites Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney and Alan Jackson, each of whom scored a leading three nods apiece, including Album of the Year, as the first round of nominations for the 2008 CMAs were announced this morning on Good Morning America.
Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts were on hand to reveal the nominees for the five biggest categories of the show, and, as tends to happen in such situations, found themselves on the receiving end of their own announcement.
"I can't believe it," Swift said after being named among the nominees for Female Vocalist of the Year. "I'm having a really good morning."
Make that year.