• Tue, Mar 4 2008

ACM Nominations Announced

The Academy of Country Music has announced their nominations for this year’s awards show, which airs May 18 on CBS.

Kenny Chesney swept with 11 nominations, followed by Rodney Atkins with six nominations, and Brad Paisley, Big & Rich and Sugarland with four each:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
- Kenny Chesney
- Brad Paisley
- Rascal Flatts
- George Strait
- Keith Urban

TOP MALE VOCALIST
- Rodney Atkins
- Kenny Chesney
- Brad Paisley
- George Strait
- Keith Urban

TOP FEMALE VOCALIST
- Miranda Lambert
- Martina McBride
- LeAnn Rimes
- Taylor Swift
- Carrie Underwood

TOP VOCAL GROUP
- Diamond Rio
- Eagles
- Emerson Drive
- Little Big Town
- Rascal Flatts

TOP VOCAL DUO
- Big & Rich
- Brooks & Dunn
- Halfway To Hazard
- Montgomery Gentry
- Sugarland

TOP NEW MALE VOCALIST
- Luke Bryan
- Jack Ingram
- Jake Owen

TOP NEW FEMALE VOCALIST
- Sarah Buxton
- Kellie Pickler
- Taylor Swift

TOP NEW DUO OR VOCAL GROUP
- Carolina Rain
- Lady Antebellum
- The Wreckers

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]
- 5th Gear – Brad Paisley (Arista Nashville) Produced by Chris DuBois, Frank Rogers
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – Miranda Lambert (Columbia) Produced by Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke
- Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates – Kenny Chesney (BNA) Produced by Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
- If You’re Going Through Hell – Rodney Atkins (Curb) Produced by Rodney Atkins, Ted Hewitt
- Taylor Swift -Taylor Swift (Big Machine) Produced by Scott Borchetta, Nathan Chapman # 6 Produced by Robert Ellis Orrall

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]

- Don’t Blink; Kenny Chesney, Produced by Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney; BNA
- Famous In A Small Town; Miranda Lambert, Produced by Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke; Columbia
- Lost In This Moment; Big & Rich, Produced by Big Kenny, John Rich; Warner Bros/WRN
- Stay; Sugarland, Produced by Kristian Bush, Byron Gallimore, Jennifer Nettles; Mercury
- Watching Airplanes; Gary Allan, Produced by Gary Allan , Mark Wright; MCA Nashville

SONG OF THE YEAR [Award to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

- Don’t Blink; Kenny Chesney
Writers: Casey Beathard, Chris Wallin
Publishers: Lavender Zoo Music (BMI), Mama’s Dream Music (ASCAP), Sony/ATV Acuff Rose (BMI), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
- Lost In This Moment; Big & Rich
Writers: Keith Anderson, Rodney Clawson, John Rich
Publishers: EMI April Music, Inc. (ASCAP), Romeo Cowboy Music (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), Writer’s Extreme Music (BMI)
- Moments; Emerson Drive
Writers: Dave Berg, Annie Tate, Sam Tate
Publishers: Gravitron (SESAC), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
- Watching You; Rodney Atkins
Writers: Rodney Atkins, Steve Dean, Brian White
Publishers: Bethar Music (BMI), Mike Curb Music (BMI), Multisongs (SESAC), Songs From The White House (SESAC)
- Stay; Sugarland
Writer: Jennifer Nettles
Publishers: Jennifer Nettles Publishing (ASCAP)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Award to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]
- Don’t Blink – Kenny Chesney; Producer: Tacklebox Films; Director: Shaun Silva
- Lost In This Moment – Big & Rich; Producer: Big Kenny, Steve Lamar, Marc Oswald; Director: Deaton Flannigan
- Online – Brad Paisley; Producer: Frames Per Second; Director: Jason Alexander
- Stay – Sugarland; Producer: Kristian Bush, Byron Gallimore, Jennifer Nettles; Director: Shaun Silva
- Watching You – Rodney Atkins; Producer: Broken Poet Production; Director: Eric Welch

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]

- Because Of You – Reba McEntire Duet With Kelly Clarkson; Produced by Tony Brown, Reba McEntire; MCA Nashville
- Find Out Who Your Friends Are – Tracy Lawrence With Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney; Produced by Julian King, Tracy Lawrence; Rocky Comfort/CO5
- Shiftwork – Kenny Chesney Duet With George Strait; Produced by Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney; BNA
- Till We Ain’t Strangers Anymore – Bon Jovi Featuring LeAnn Rimes; Produced by Dann Huff; Mecury
- What You Give Away – Vince Gill With Sheryl Crow; Produced by Vince Gill, John Hobbs, Justin Niebank; MCA Nashville

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