LOS ANGELES - Toby Keith received a leading eight Academy of Country Music nominations Tuesday, including song and single of the year for "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)."
The Sept. 11-inspired song also got a mention for video of the year. The tune's hostility toward terrorists generated some headlines last year when Keith claimed it cost him a spot on an ABC Fourth of July special. The network said his exclusion was caused by a scheduling conflict.
Keith's other nominations included entertainer of the year, top male vocalist and album of the year for "Unleashed."
Alan Jackson had six nominations, including entertainer of the year and top male vocalist, album of the year for "Drive" and song and video of the year for the title track.
Among other multiple nominees, Kenny Chesney and the group Trick Pony each had five, while the Dixie Chicks and Willie Nelson had three apiece.
Besides Jackson and Keith, other entertainer of the year nominees were the Dixie Chicks, Brooks & Dunn and Chesney.
The single of the year category was filled out by Mark Wills' "19 Somethin'," Trick Pony's "Just What I Do," Keith Urban's "Somebody Like You" and Chesney's "The Good Stuff." Other album nominees were the Dixie Chicks' "Home," Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" and Trick Pony's "On a Mission."
Winners will be announced during the 38th annual Academy of Country Music Awards show broadcast May 21 on CBS from Las Vegas.
Nominees, voted by the 3,000-member academy, were announced by show producer Dick Clark and previous winner LeAnn Rimes and country newcomer Jennifer Hanson.