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

SUGARLAND

Hometown: Atlanta
Nominations: Jennifer Nettles, 34, and Kristian Bush, 38, are up for six awards, including entertainer and vocal duo of the year.
This Bud's for You: The duo has a humble way to describe their rise from opening act to main-stage attraction. Says Nettles, "We've gone from being the first opener, the while-you-get-your-beer band," to, as Bush says, the "while-you-drink-your-beer band!"