01/26/2012

NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® AWARDS COUNTRY MUSIC’S PARTY OF THE YEAR®

NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® AWARDS COUNTRY MUSIC’S PARTY OF THE YEAR®


FANS WILL ONCE AGAIN VOTE FOR ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR & NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR


TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS
Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT 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


ENCINO, CA (January 26, 2012) – Nominations were announced today for the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, a star-studded event produced for television by dick clark productions broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

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 Reba participated with a video message to kick things off and entertainment superstars Lionel Richie, who will be honored during a special taping ofACM 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), Michael Ausiello (TVLine.com) announced batches of nominations in video postings during the approximately 20 minute online event which 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.

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.

Kenny Chesney leads with nine nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, a category he has won four times since 2004. He is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, a category he has been nominated in nine times previously. He is twice nominated for Album of the Year for Hemingway's Whiskey, as both artist and producer, and also earned double nominations for Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year as both artist and producer for "You And Tequila" with Grace Potter. Chesney is also nominated for Song of the Year for "You And Tequila" with Grace Potter.

Jason Aldean is nominated for six awards, including his second consecutive nods for Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He is nominated for Album of the Year for My Kinda Party, and has nominations for Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for "Don’t You Wanna Stay," featuring Kelly Clarkson. He is nominated for Video of the Year for "Tattoos On This Town."

Lady Antebellum leads group nominations with five nods, including Vocal Group of the Year, which they have won for two consecutive years. They are also nominated for Album of the Year as artists and producers for Own The Night, and for Song of the Year and Video of the Year for "Just A Kiss."

Reigning Male Vocalist of the Year, Brad Paisley, is nominated for four awards, including his fifth consecutive nomination for Entertainer of the Year and eighth nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year, which he has won five times consecutively between 2006-2010. He received two nominations in the Vocal Event of the Year category for "Old Alabama" with Alabama and "Remind Me" with Carrie Underwood.

Toby Keith received three nominations for "Red Solo Cup," including Video of the Year, which he last won in 2003 for "Beer For My Horses." He also received a double nomination as artist and producer for Single Record of the Year for "Red Solo Cup." Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill is also nominated for Nightclub of the Year (a nod that is not among Keith’s total nominations count, because it is awarded to the venue itself not it’s owners).

Reigning Entertainer of the Year, Taylor Swift, leads solo female nominees with three nominations, including her third consecutive nod for Entertainer of the Year. If Swift wins Entertainer of the Year, this will be her second consecutive win in that category. Swift is nominated for the fifth time for Female Vocalist of the Year, and for the third time for Video of the Year for "Mean."

First-time ACM nominee, Grace Potter, received three nominations for "You And Tequila" with Kenny Chesney, in the Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year categories.

Eli Young Band has three nominations including Vocal Group of the Year, as well as Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "Crazy Girl."

Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert, Aaron Lewis, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Chris Young all received two nominations each.

The Academy of Country Music’s professional membership select the nominees and winners of the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, and select the final top five nominees of the Entertainer of the Year category and the eight semi-finalists in the New Artist of the Year category. Presenters and performers who will appear at the ceremony will be announced at a later date.

Fan voting for New Artist of the Year began at VoteACM.com and GACtv.com/ACM on January 16, 2012 and will close on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 12noon ET/9:00AM PT, after which nominees in that category will be announced separately. Fan voting for New Artist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year begins on March 19, 2012 at 9:00AM ET/12noon PT at VoteACM.com. Fan voting for New Artist of the Year will close at 5 p.m. PT on April 1, 2012 (before the LIVE show starts) and fan voting for Entertainer of the Year will close during the third hour of the LIVE broadcast.

Following is the list of final nominees. Winners in each of the following categories, except where noted, will be presented with an ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD during the live television broadcast:

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

New Artist of the Year (Nominees in Feb.)


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)

Songwriter of the Year *(Off Camera Award)


  • Rhett Akins
  • Dallas Davidson
  • Ben Hayslip
  • Luke Laird
  • David Lee Murphy

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: Shaun 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

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 Remo Talent Buyer of the Year


  • Ethan Hirsch ‐ Wilson Events
  • Jimmy Jay ‐ Jayson Promotions, Inc.
  • RJ 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

Radio Awards


On-Air Personality of the Year - National


  • Cody Alan - CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan
  • Kix Brooks - American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks
  • Crook and Chase - Crook and Chase Countdown
  • Lon Helton - CMT Country Countdown USA
  • Lia - The Lia Show

On-Air Personality of the Year - Major Market


  • Kelly Ford & Rider - KYGO-FM Denver, CO
  • Cledus T. Judd, Dave McKay, Veronica - WQYK-FM St. Petersburg, FL
  • Lisa Dent and Ramblin' Ray - WUSN-FM Chicago, IL
  • Trish Biondo - WUSN-FM Chicago, IL
  • Edwards & Lee (Chuck Edwards & Linda Lee) - WYCD-FM Detroit, MI

On-Air Personality of the Year - Large Market


  • Randy Carroll & Jamie Martin - KAJA-FM San Antonio, TX
  • Dave O’Brien - WLHK-FM Indianapolis, IN
  • Mike, Marty and Janie - WQDR-FM Raleigh, NC
  • Bill Cody - WSM-AM Nashville, TN
  • Big Dave and Chelsie - WUBE-FM Cincinnati, OH

On-Air Personality of the Year - Medium Market


  • Steve & Geoff in the Morning - KUZZ AM/FM Bakersfield, CA
  • Cash and Carey (Natalie Cash and Jim Carey) - KWEN-FM Tulsa, OK
  • Tom & Becky - WBBS-FM Syracuse, NY
  • Roger, Tom & Melissa - WPCV-FM Lakeland, FL
  • Scott Wynn & Sue Wilson (Wynn and Wilson in the Morning) - WQMX-FM Akron, OH

On-Air Personality of the Year - Small Market


  • Scotty & Carissa in the Morning - KCLR-FM Columbia, MO
  • Bill Barrett, Tim Fox and Tracy Berry - KKNU-FM Eugene, OR
  • Philip Gibbons - WGSQ-FM Cookville, TN
  • Bearman and Ken in the Morning - WUSY-FM Chattanooga, TN
  • Brent Lane - WYCT-FM Pensacola, FL

Radio Station of the Year - Major Market


  • KUPL-FM Portland, OR
  • KYGO-FM Denver, CO
  • WQYK-FM St. Petersburg, FL
  • WXTU-FM Philadelphia, PA
  • WYCD-FM Detroit, MI

Radio Station of the Year - Large Market


  • KAJA-FM San Antonio, TX
  • WLHK-FM Indianapolis, IN
  • WQDR-FM Raleigh, NC
  • WUBE-FM Cincinnati, OH

Radio Station of the Year - Medium Market


  • KATM-FM Stockton, CA
  • KUZZ AM/FM Bakersfield, CA
  • WBBS FM Syracuse, NY
  • WYRK FM Buffalo, NY

Radio Station of the Year - Small Market


  • KCLR-FM Columbia, MO
  • KUAD-FM Windsor, CO
  • WUSY-FM Chattanooga, TN
  • WXFL-FM Florence, AL

IMPORTANT NOTE: Awards counts for artists reflect categories in which they have been recognized as individuals or as part of their duo or group. In some cases, an artist may receive more than one nomination which factors into their official count. For example, Kenny Chesney received two nominations in the Album of the Year category—one each as artist and producer—because that category recognizes both.

In addition, the Song of the Year category recognizes the artist, composer and publishing company as a nominee but does not recognize an individual as owner or partial owner of the publishing company.

Award recipients in each category are noted above parenthetically in the Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 47th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las VegasSunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers. Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

Press credential applications to cover the awards in Las Vegas are available from the Media Center at www.ACMcountry.com. Questions regarding credentialing may be directed to Caitlin.Doherty@pmkbnc.com.

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