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Georgians nominated for CMA Awards

The Zac Brown Band poses with the award for top new vocal duo or group at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 5, 2009. Photo: Jae C. Hong /AP

The Zac Brown Band has reason to celebrate with a big batch of something fried. Again.

The Dahlonega-raised frontman and his band scored four nominations from the Country Music Association, putting them in the company of fellow four-time nominees George Strait, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift and Jamey Johnson. The group took home the best new vocal group or duo award from the Academy of Country Music earlier this year.

Brown and his band are nominated in the new artist, vocal group and single of the year categories, the last for chart-topper “Chicken Fried.” Brown gets a solo nod for writing the song in the song of the year category.

Reigning vocal duo champion Sugarland will be in the running again for that crown, and the Atlanta pair will also compete in the album of the year category for “Love on the Inside.”

Among the other Georgians making the cut are Lady Antebellum — which includes Augustans Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood — in the vocal group and single of the year categories.

Little Big Town, which counts North Georgia’s Kimberly Schalpman and Karen Fairchild among its members, will compete against the Zac Brown Band and Lady Antebellum in the vocal group category.

Rincon’s Billy Currington scored two nominations, too, for music video and single of the year, both for his hit “People Are Crazy.”

Check out our story on more of the CMA nominations, including the pack-leading Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift, the first female nominated for entertainer of the year since 2000.

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