ACM Nominees Announced

Brad Paisley and Heidi Newfield lead the list of nominees for the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards.

The nominations were revealed Wednesday morning, Feb. 11, at a news conference in Nashville. Brad’s six nominations include Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist, which he has won the past two years. Heidi scored five nominations, including Top Female Vocalist. Kenny Chesney, George Strait and rising star Jamey Johnson each received four ACM nominations. For the first time ever, the three newcomer categories for the Annual Academy of Country Music Awards—Top New Female Vocalist, Top New Male Vocalist and Top New Vocal Duo or Group—will be opened up to interactive fan voting on gactv.com, beginning Friday, Feb. 13. The winners will then move on to compete in a new category, Top New Artist.

For the second year, fans will also select the winner of the Academy’s most prestigious honor, Entertainer of the Year. Online voting will be available at voteacm.com, and this year fans will also be able to text their votes for Entertainer of the Year during the broadcast. The 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 5, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS-TV.

Here is a list of the ACM nominees. Nominations for Album of the Year will be announced in March.

Album of the Year and Top New Artist were made available on March 9, 2009. They have been included at the top of the following list. Read More

Album of the Year
  • Back When I Knew It All Montgomery Gentry
  • Carnival Ride Carrie Underwood
  • Fearless Taylor Swift
  • That Lonesome Song Jamey Johnson
  • Troubadour George Strait
Top New Artist of the Year
  • Jake Owen
  • Julianne Hough
  • Zac Brown Band
Entertainer of the Year
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Brad Paisley
  • George Strait
  • Keith Urban
  • Carrie Underwood
Top Male Vocalist
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Toby Keith
  • Brad Paisley
  • George Strait
  • Keith Urban
Top Female Vocalist
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Heidi Newfield
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Lee Ann Womack
Top Vocal Group
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Randy Rogers Band
  • The Lost Trailers
Top Vocal Duo
  • Big & Rich
  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Joey + Rory
  • Montgomery Gentry
  • Sugarland
Top New Male Vocalist
  • Jamey Johnson
  • James Otto
  • Jake Owen
Top New Female Vocalist
  • Sarah Buxton
  • Julianne Hough
  • Ashton Shepherd
Top New Vocal Duo or Group
  • Eli Young Band
  • The Lost Trailers
  • Zac Brown Band
Single Record of the Year
[Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]
“Gunpowder & Lead” Miranda Lambert
Produced by Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke
Columbia
“In Color” Jamey Johnson
Produced by The Ken Hardley Playboys
Mercury
“Johnny & June” Heidi Newfield
Produced by Tony Brown
Asylum-Curb
“Waitin’ on a Woman” Brad Paisley
Produced by Frank Rogers
Arista Nashville
“You’re Gonna Miss This” Trace Adkins
Produced by Frank Rogers
Capitol Nashville
Song of the Year
[Award to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]
“I Saw God Today” George Strait
Composers: Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell, Wade Kirby
Publishers: Big Red Toe Music (BMI), Blind Mule Music (BMI), Extremely Loud Music (BMI), Steel Wheels Music (BMI)
“In Color” Jamey Johnson
Composers: Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller, James Otto
Publishers: Big Gassed Hitties (BMI), Eldorotto Music Publishing (BMI), EMI Blackwood Music, Inc., Lucky Thumb Music (BMI), New Song of Sea Gayle (BMI), Noah’s Little Boat Music (BMI)
“Johnny & June” Heidi Newfield
Composers: Deanna Bryant, Heidi Newfield, Stephony Smith
Publishers: Amylase Music (ASCAP), Big Hit Makers Music (BMI), Rainy Graham Publishing LLC (BMI), Souljet Music Tell Texas Tune III (ASCAP)
“Waitin’ on a Woman” Brad Paisley
Composers: Don Sampson, Wynn Varble
Publishers: EMI April Music, Inc. (ASCAP), Sea Gayle Music LLC (ASCAP), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
“You’re Gonna Miss This” Trace Adkins
Composers: Ashley Gorley and Lee Thomas Miller
Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI), Music of Windswept (ASCAP), Noah’s Little Boat Music (BMI), Song of Combustion (ASCAP), Songs of Sea Gayle (BMI)
Video of the Year
[Award to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]
“Johnny & June” Heidi Newfield
Producer: Karen Martin
Director: Eric Welch
“Just A Dream” Carrie Underwood
Producer: Randy Brewer
Director: Roman White
“Love Story” Taylor Swift
Producer: Trent Hardville
Director: Trey Fanjoy
“Troubadour” George Strait
Producer: Dominic Cancilla
Director: Trey Fanjoy
“Waitin’ on a Woman” Brad Paisley
Producer: Mark Kalbfeld, Jim Shea
Director: Jim Shea, Peter Tilden
Vocal Event of the Year
[Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]
“Another Try” Josh Turner Featuring Trisha Yearwood
Produced by: Frank Rogers
MCA Nashville
“Cowgirls Don’t Cry” Brooks & Dunn Featuring Reba McEntire
Produced by: Kix Brooks, Tony Brown, Ronnie Dunn
Arista Nashville
“Down the Road” Kenny Chesney With Mac McAnally
Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
Blue Chair/BNA
“Life in a Northern Town” Sugarland Featuring Little Big Town & Jake Owen
Mercury
“Start A Band” Brad Paisley Duet With Keith Urban
Produced by: Frank Rogers
Arista Nashville

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