Singer GEORGE STRAIT has earned his fifth nomination for the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards after receiving a mention in the Album of the Year category.
The country star's Troubadour will battle Taylor Swift's Fearless, Carrie Underwood's Carnival Ride, Jamey Johnson's That Lonesome Song, and Montgomery Gentry's Back When I Knew It All for the prize.
The Album of the Year frontrunners were revealed on Thursday (05Mar09) at a press conference in Nashville, Tennessee - a month after the rest of the nominations were unveiled due to changes in the category qualifications.
Brad Paisley leads the way for the 2009 ceremony with six nominations, including Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist, while Strait now ties with former Trick Pony singer Heidi Newfield with five nods apiece.
The awards show is due to take place on 5 April (09) in Las Vegas, Nevada.