Country Music Awards 2008

The CMA Nominees You Have to Know

From the well-known (Sugarland! Carrie!) to hot newcomers (Rodney Atkins!), take a look at who will battle for country glory Nov. 12. By Katie Kauss

JAMES OTTO

Hometown: Nashville
Nominations: The up-and-coming singer, 35, is nominated for the horizon award.
Big Man on Campus: Make that really big. On tour with fellow tall singers Trace Atkins and Alan Jackson, the 6'5" Otto tells PEOPLE that he's working with "the biggest men in country music ... 20 feet of country."