NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Brad Paisley led the list of nominees Wednesday for the 41st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations, including top male vocalist of the year.
Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland received five nominations each, while Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood had four apiece.
The nominations were announced by Underwood and Rascal Flatts.
Besides top male vocalist, Paisley was nominated for album of the year for "Time Well Wasted," single of the year for "Alcohol" and song of the year, vocal event of the year and video of the year for "When I Get Where I'm Going," his hit duet with Dolly Parton.
Brooks & Dunn were nominated for entertainer of the year, top vocal duo and single of the year, song of the year and video of the year for "Believe."
Sugarland received nominations for album of the year for "Twice the Speed of Life," top new duo or vocal group and top vocal group of the year. They also were recognized in the single record of the year and song of the year categories for "Baby Girl."
Lead singer Jennifer Nettles received a separate nomination for vocal event of the year for her duet with Bon Jovi, "Who Says You Can't Go Home."
Rascal Flatts' four nominations include one for the prestigious entertainer of the year award.
"The nomination is enough of a win for us," said lead singer Gary Levox. "We're humbled by it. We've been fortunate to tour with the best. To be nominated for entertainer of the year is just an amazing surprise for us."
The group also is nominated for album of the year for "Feels Like Today," which has sold more than 4 million copies, making it the best-selling country album of 2005. It features several hits, including the title track, "Fast Cars & Freedom," the Grammy-winning "Bless the Broken Road" and "Skin (Sarabeth)," which is nominated for song of the year.
Levox described the album and song nominations as particularly gratifying.
"We spend so much time and effort trying to write the best songs that we can write and pick the best songs that we can," Levox said. "Everything we are as humans at that time is put on tape."
Rascal Flatts was also among the nominees for top vocal group.
Underwood, whose debut album "Some Hearts" was also one of country music's big sellers in 2005, led all female nominees with her four nominations, including top female vocalist, top new female vocalist and song of the year for her No. 1 hit "Jesus Take the Wheel."
"I was hoping for new female vocalist and that's all I was really hanging my hopes on," said Underwood, who won the popular "American Idol" TV show last year. "This is a monumental moment for me, a milestone in my life and my career."
Her nominations also included single record of the year for "Jesus Take the Wheel."
Members of the Academy of Country Music select the nominees and winners of the ACM awards, which will be broadcast May 23 from Las Vegas on CBS.