Country Music Association Award nominees have Augusta ties

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 2:51 PM
Last updated 4:56 PM
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Lady Antebellum, the trio that features Lakeside High graduates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood and Nashville, Tenn.-reared Hillary Scott, is a nominee for Vocal Group of the Year and Single of the Year categories for the Country Music Association Awards.

The nominees were announced today. The winners will be announced at a show to air Nov. 11 on ABC.

Mr. Haywood and Mr. Kelley met at Riverside Middle School and are Class of 2000 graduates of Lakeside. Mr. Haywood was on the tennis team, and Mr. Kelley was on the golf team.

They attended the University of Georgia. Mr. Kelley earned a degree in finance, and Mr. Haywood earned a degree in management information systems.

In 2006, they moved to Nashville, where they met Ms. Scott and formed Lady Antebellum. The name comes from a promotional photo shoot at which they were wearing Civil War-era costumes.

Other nominees with area ties include Georgia native Billy Currington, who has relatives living in the Augusta area. He is nominated in the categories of Single of the Year and Music Video of the Year for his tune People Are Crazy.

Randy Houser, who is set to perform at the Country Club on Washington Road on Sept. 18, is nominated as New Artist of the Year.

Sugarland lead vocalist Jennifer Nettles, who is from the Atlanta area, was nominated in the Vocal Duo of the Year category and the Album of the Year (Love on the Inside) category. She was a frequent performer at the Red Lion and other Augusta area nightclubs.

Associated Press reports were used in this article.


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