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

TAYLOR SWIFT

Hometown: Hendersonville, Tenn.
Nominations: Last year's horizon award winner (the CMA equivalent of best new artist) is up against the queens of country music for top female vocalist.
Early Bloomer: This young star, 18, told Entertainment Weekly that as a kid she went door-to-door in Nashville in search of a record deal, with the pitch, "Hi, I'm Taylor. I'm 11. I want a record deal. Call me."