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Travis, Oslin, Mattea, McEntire Up for Country Music Awards

August 19, 1988

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Kathy Mattea has gone from being a Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum tour guide to having three nominations for the 22nd annual Country Music Association Awards.

″You can knock me over with a feather,″ she said. ″This is amazing.″

In nominations announced Thursday, Ms. Mattea found out she is a finalist for single of the year for ″Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses″ and album of the year for ″Untasted Honey,″ besides No. 1 female vocalist.

Grammy winners K.T. Oslin and Randy Travis each garnered nominations in four categories, including top vocalist, the association announced.

Some of the biggest stars in country music - Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Barbara Mandrell, the Oak Ridge Boys, Loretta Lynn and Ricky Skaggs - were not among the finalists. And the band Alabama, which has dominated country music awards this decade, is a finalist in one category - vocal group of the year.

Oslin, who’s been singing country music less than two years, was voted a finalist for top female vocalist, single of the year for ″Do Ya″ and Horizon Award for a rising star. She also received two nominations in the song of the year category as composer of the Grammy-winning ″80′s Ladies″ and ″Do Ya.″

Travis, a former short-order cook and dishwasher, is a finalist for entertainer of the year, male vocalist of the year and single and song of the year, both for his self-penned ″I Told You So.″ He won a Grammy in February for ″Always and Forever.″

Completing the finalists for entertainer of the year, the top award, are the Judds, 1986 winner Reba McEntire, George Strait and 1987 winner Hank Williams Jr.

Joining Ms. Mattea, Ms. McEntire, Ms. Oslin as finalists for female vocalist of the year are Roseanne Cash and Tanya Tucker.

Other finalists for top male vocalist are veteran Vern Gosdin, fast-rising Ricky Van Shelton, Strait and Williams.

Winners will be announced during a two-hour CBS television special Oct. 10 with Dolly Parton.

Ms. McEntire, a former rodeo barrel racer, has been voted No. 1 female vocalist for an unprecedented four straight years.

Travis was voted male vocalist of the year last year and won top album for ″Always and Forever″ and No. 1 single for ″Forever and Ever.″

The Judds, a mother-daughter duo, have won the vocal group of the year award three straight times and are a finalist again this year. Others are the Bellamy Brothers, Foster & Lloyd, the O’Kanes and Sweethearts of the Rodeo.

Ms. Cash, daughter of country music star Johnny Cash, is also nominated for single of the year for ″Tennessee Flat Top Box,″ a song written about 30 years ago by her father.

Her third nomination is with husband Rodney Crowell for vocal event of the year. This is a new category for two or more performers who do not normally sing together. They recorded the recent hit duet, ″It’s Such a Small World.″

Winners and finalists are picked by the approximately 7,000 singers, songwriters, musicians, disc jockeys and others in country music.

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