Fans And Celebrities Announce Nominations For The 47th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards

Nominations were announced today for the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, a star-studded event produced for television by Dick Clark Productions set to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8pm ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Kenny Chesney leads male nominees with nine nominations; Jason Aldean earns six nominations, Brad Paisley earns four nominations, Toby Keith earns three nominations; Taylor Swift leads solo female nominations with three,[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Grace Potter[/lastfm] receives three noms for projects with Kenny Chesney; Lady Antebellum leads group nominations with five, Eli Young Band earns three.

 

Nominees were announced online via the first-ever ACM digital press conference this morning on the Academy’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Awards co-host [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Reba McEntire[/lastfm] participated with a video message to kick things off. Other entertainers announcing the nominations included [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lionel Richie[/lastfm], who will be honored during a special taping of ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends In Concert in April (to air at a later date on CBS); Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls); Nancy O’Dell (Entertainment Tonight); and Michael Ausiello (TVLine.com).

The approximately 20 minute online event culminated in music fans announcing the nominees for the Academy’s biggest prize, Entertainer of the Year, a privilege fans embraced for the first time ever by submitting videos naming their favorite artist. Fans from around the country announced Entertainer of the Year nominees Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift.

Here is the complete list of Nominations that was released on ACM Facebook with video.

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

INDUSTRY AWARDS:

 

CASINO OF THE YEAR

  • Agua Caliente Casino ‐ Rancho Mirage, CA
  • IP Casino ‐ Biloxi, MS
  • Island Resort Casino ‐ Harris, MI
  • Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino ‐ Las Vegas, NV
  • WinStar World Casino ‐ Thackerville, OK

 

NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR

  • Billy Bob’s Texas ‐ Ft. Worth, TX
  • Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace ‐ Bakersfield, CA
  • Grizzly Rose ‐ Denver, CO
  • Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill ‐ Minneapolis, MN
  • Wormy Dog ‐ Oklahoma City, OK

VENUE OF THE YEAR

  • BOK Center ‐ Tulsa, OK
  • Bridgestone Arena ‐ Nashville, TN
  • First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre ‐ Chicago, IL
  • Jiffy Lube Live ‐ Bristow, VA
  • Sprint Center ‐ Kansas City, MO

 

DON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR

  • Ethan Hirsch ‐ Wilson Events
  • Jimmy Jay ‐ Jayson Promotions, Inc.
  • R.J. Kaltenbach ‐ Klein’s Attractions
  • Gary Osier ‐ Gary Osier Presents
  • Huston Powell ‐ C3 Presents

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

  • Ben Ferrell ‐ Varnell Enterprises, Inc.
  • Brad Garrett ‐ Police Productions
  • Brian O’Connell ‐ Live Nation
  • Glenn Smith ‐ Glenn & Linda Present
  • Ed Warm ‐ Joe’s Bar

MUSICIAN/BANDLEADER/INSTRUMENTALIST (MBI) AWARDS:

 

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

  • Mark Bright
  • Buddy Cannon
  • Nathan Chapman
  • Jay Joyce
  • Frank Liddell

AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

  • Jeff Balding
  • Derek Bason
  • John Kelton
  • Mills Logan
  • Justin Niebank

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • Mike Brignardello
  • Kevin “Swine” Grantt
  • Mark Hill
  • Michael Rhodes
  • Jimmy Lee Sloas

PERCUSSIONIST/DRUMMER OF THE YEAR

  • Matt Chamberlain
  • Chad Cromwell
  • Shannon Forrest
  • Chris McHugh
  • Greg Morrow

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • Glen Duncan
  • Stuart Duncan
  • Larry Franklin
  • Joe Spivey
  • Jonathan Yudkin

GUITARIST OF THE YEAR

  • J.T. Corenflos
  • Kenny Greenberg
  • Jay Joyce
  • Brent Mason
  • Adam Shoenfeld

PIANO/KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • Tony Harrell
  • John Hobbs
  • John Jarvis
  • Charlie Judge
  • Michael Rojas

 

SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • Eric Darken
  • Aubrey Haynie
  • Ilya Toshinsky
  • John Willis
  • Jonathan Yudkin

STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • Paul Franklin
  • Mike Johnson
  • Greg Leisz
  • Russ Pahl
  • Scotty Sanders
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