ACM Awards

It’s ACM time, and here are the nominations!

Less than 48 hours after the conclusion of the Grammy Awards, the Academy of Country Music unveiled the nominations for its award show. Brad Paisley led with six nominations, including Entertainer of the Year and Top Male
Vocalist. In addition, Paisley was nominated for Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of
the Year for “Waitin’ on a Woman,” and Vocal Event of the Year for “Start a Band” with Keith Urban.
Paisley is the reigning Top Male Vocalist.
Heidi Newfield is nominated for five awards, including Top Female Vocalist. She is also nominated for
Single Record of the Year and is nominated as an artist and composer for Song of the Year for “Johnny &
June,” for which she is also nominated for Video of the Year.
Kenny Chesney is nominated for four awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist and as
an artist and producer for Vocal Event of the Year for “Down the Road” with Mac McAnally. If Chesney
wins Entertainer of the Year, it will be his fifth consecutive win, which will tie Alabama for the most
consecutive wins in this category.
Jamey Johnson received four nominations, including Top New Male Vocalist, Single Record of the Year
and as an artist and composer for Song of the Year for “In Color.” This is the first time Johnson has been
nominated as an artist. He previously won an Academy of Country Music Award in 2006 for Song of the
Year for “Give It Away,” which was recorded by George Strait.
George Strait received four nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist and Song of
the Year for “I Saw God Today.” He is also nominated for Video of the Year for “Troubadour.” If Strait
wins Entertainer of the Year, it will be his second win in that category, previously winning the award in
1989. Strait has also been named the Academy of Country Music’s Artist of the Decade and will be honored
in a television special to air later in the year on CBS.
Carrie Underwood is nominated for three awards, including Entertainer of Year. If Underwood wins
Entertainer of the Year, she will be only the 7th female to take the award; previous winners include Loretta
Lynn in 1975, Reba McEntire in 1994 and most recently Dixie Chicks in 2000. Underwood is also
nominated for Top Female Vocalist, and her video “Just a Dream” is nominated for Video of the Year. If
she wins Top Female Vocalist, it will be the third consecutive year she has won the category.
Keith Urban received three nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist and Vocal
Event of the Year for his duet with Brad Paisley for “Start a Band.” Urban is a five-time ACM award
winner, including Top Male Vocalist in 2004 and 2005, Album of the Year in 2004 and Top New Male
Artist in 2000. If he wins Entertainer of the Year, he will be eligible for the Triple Crown Award, the
Academy’s recognition of those who have taken Top New Artist, Top Artist and Entertainer of the Year
awards.
Trace Adkins, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, James Otto, Jake Owen, Taylor
Swift, Sugarland and The Lost Trailers are each nominated for two awards. Adkins is nominated for Single
Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “You’re Gonna Miss this.” Brooks & Dunn are nominated for
Top Vocal Duo and Vocal Event of the Year. If they win Top Vocal Duo, it will be their 16th straight win in
the category. Miranda Lambert received two nominations for Top Female Vocalist and Single Record of the
Year. Little Big Town received two nominations for Top Vocal Group and Vocal Event of the Year. James
Otto—a first-time nominee—is nominated for Top New Male Vocalist and as a producer for Song of the Year
for “In Color.” Jake Owen is nominated for Top New Male Vocalist and Vocal Event of the Year, and was
previously nominated for Top New Male Vocalist in 2007. Swift is nominated in two categories including Top
Female Vocalist, and her video “Love Story” is nominated for Video of the Year. She won Top New Female
Vocalist last year. Sugarland is nominated for Top Vocal Duo and Vocal Event of the Year. Last year they
won Single Record of the Year for “Stay.” The Lost Trailers are nominated for Top Vocal Group and Top
New Vocal Duo or Group.

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