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Academy of Country Music Nominations Announced

The Academy of Country Music Awards announced their 2012 nominees. CMP was excited to see some of our fan favorites amongst those up for honors! The ACM Awards will be telecast live on from the MGM Grand on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM EST on the CBS Television Network.

Kenny Chesney leads male nominees with 9 nominations; Jason Aldean earns 6 nominations, Brad Paisley earns 4 nominations, Toby Keith earns 3 nominations; Taylor Swift leads solo female nominations with 3, Grace Potter receives 3 noms for projects with Kenny Chesney; Lady Antebellum leads group nominations with 5, Eli Young Band earns 3.

As previously announced, Blake Shelton will join forces with country music star Reba to host the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards for the second consecutive year. For the fifth year, fans will select the winner of the Academy’s most prestigious honor, Entertainer of the Year, and for the fourth year, the New Artist of the Year category will also be opened up to fan voting. Nominees for New Artist of the Year were not announced in the press conference today because fan voting for those semi-finalists will close on January 30 (see page 2 below). The winners of Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year will be announced live during the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

The Nominees Are:

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean

Kenny Chesney

Brad Paisley

Blake Shelton

Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jason Aldean

Kenny Chesney

Brad Paisley

Blake Shelton

Chris Young

Female Vocalist of the Year

Sara Evans

Miranda Lambert

Martina McBride

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year

Love and Theft

Montgomery Gentry

Steel Magnolia

Sugarland

Thompson Square

Vocal Group of the Year

The Band Perry

Eli Young Band

Lady Antebellum

Rascal Flatts

Zac Brown Band

Album of the Year [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]

Chief – Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)

  Produced by:  Arturo Buenahora, Jr., Jay Joyce

Four The Record – Miranda Lambert (RCA)

  Produced by: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf

Hemingway’s Whiskey – Kenny Chesney (BNA)

  Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean (Broken Bow Records)

  Produced by: Michael Knox

Own The Night – Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records Nashville)

  Produced by: Lady Antebellum, Paul Worley

Single Record of the Year [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]

Crazy Girl – Eli Young Band (Republic Nashville)

  Produced by: Mike Wrucke

Don’t You Wanna Stay – Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson (Broken Bow Records)

  Produced by: Michael Knox

Red Solo Cup – Toby Keith (Show Dog-Universal Music)

  Produced by: Toby Keith

Tomorrow – Chris Young (RCA)

  Produced by: James Stroud

You And Tequila – Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter (BNA)

  Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

Song of the Year [Award to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

Crazy Girl – Eli Young Band

  Composers: Lee Brice, Liz Rose

  Publishers: Cake Taker Music (BMI), Mike Curb Music (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Sweet Hysteria Music (BMI)

Home – Dierks Bentley

  Composers: Brett Beavers, Dierks Bentley, Dan Wilson

  Publishers: Big White Tracks (ASCAP), Chestnut Barn Music (BMI), Chrysalis Music/BMG Rights (ASCAP), Chrysalis One Songs (BMI)

Just A Kiss – Lady Antebellum

  Composers: Dallas Davidson, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott

  Publishers:  Dwhaywood Music (BMI), EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI), EMI Foray Music (SESAC), Hillary Dawn Songs (SESAC), Radiobulletspublishing (BMI), String Stretcher Music (BMI), Warner-Tamberlane Publishing    Corp. (BMI)

Threaten Me With Heaven – Vince Gill

  Composers: Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Dillon O’Brian, Will Owsley

  Publishers: Grant Girls Music (ASCAP), Vinny Mae Music (BMI), Willie-O Music (ASCAP)

You And Tequila – Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter

  Composers: Matraca Berg, Deana Carter

  Publishers:  Deanaling Music (ASCAP), Hannaberg Music (BMI), Songs of Universal Inc. (BMI), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)

Video of the Year [Award to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] *(Off Camera Award)

Homeboy – Eric Church

  Producer: Brandon Arolfo

  Director: Peter Zavadil

Just A Kiss – Lady Antebellum

  Producer: Don Lepore

  Director: Shawn Silva

 Mean – Taylor Swift

  Producer: Oualid Mouaness

  Director: Declan Whitebloom

Red Solo Cup – Toby Keith

  Producer: Mark Kalbfeld

  Director: Michael Salomon

Tattoos On This Town – Jason Aldean

  Producer: John Burke

  Director:  Wes Edwards

Vocal Event of the Year [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company] *(Off Camera Award)

Country Boy – Aaron Lewis Featuring George Jones & Charlie Daniels (R&J Records)

  Produced by: Aaron Lewis, James Stroud

Don’t You Wanna Stay – Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson (Broken Bow Records)

  Produced by: Michael Knox

Old Alabama – Brad Paisley Featuring Alabama (Arista Nashville)

  Produced by:  Frank Rogers

Remind Me – Brad Paisley Duet With Carrie Underwood (Arista Nashville)

  Produced by:  Frank Rogers

You And Tequila – Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter (BNA)

  Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

OFF CAMERA AWARDS – The following off-camera awards will be presented during the annual ACM Honors event held in Nashville this fall.

Songwriter of the Year

Rhett Akins

Dallas Davidson

Ben Hayslip

Luke Laird

David Lee Murphy

Producer of the Year

Mark Bright

Buddy Cannon

Nathan Chapman

Jay Joyce

Frank Liddell

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