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Kenny Chesney Tops ACM Nominations

Kenny earns nine nods; Jason Aldean garners six.

A sold-out tour and a hit duet have put Kenny Chesney in the top slot for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards—Kenny garnered nine nominations during the ACM's first-ever digital press conference. Kenny's steamy duet with Grace Potter, "You and Tequila," earned him several nods, including Vocal Event of the Year, Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year. His album Hemingway's Whiskey earned a nomination for Album of the Year. Kenny's Goin' Coastal Tour, which featured Zac Brown Band and Billy Currington, no doubt helped seal his nomination as Entertainer of the Year, an award that Kenny took home for four consecutive years from 2005 to 2008.

It was another duet that helped Jason Aldean earn six ACM nominations. His power-ballad duet with Kelly Clarkson, "Don't You Wanna Stay," was nominated for Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year. He also earned nods for Album of the Year for My Kinda Party and Video of the Year for "Tattoos on This Town." He's also nominated in the Male Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year categories.

Lady Antebelum has five nominations and Brad Paisley has four. Keith Urban was shut out for the first time since 2001.

Other notable nominations include Blake Shelton's nods for Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as a first time Male Vocalist of the Year nomination for Chris Young. Toby Keith's video ode to plastic beverage containers, "Red Solo Cup," earned a Music Video of the Year nomination. Eric Church's album Chief, which has already earned some love from the Grammys, is nominated in the Album of the Year category, while Vince Gill's inspirational song, "Threaten Me With Heaven," earned a nomination in the Song of the Year category.

The star-studded live event will air from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1. at 8:00 p.m. live ET/delayed PT on CBS.


Songwriter of the Year

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

Vocal Event

  • "Country Boy"—Aaron Lewis featuring George Jones and Charlie Daniels
  • "Don't You Wanna Stay"—Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson
  • "Old Alabama"—Brad Paisley featuring Alabama
  • "Remind Me"—Brad Paisley duet with Carrie Underwood
  • "You and Tequila"—Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter

Video of the Year

  • "Tattoos on This Town"—Jason Aldean
  • "Homeboy"—Eric Church
  • "Red Solo Cup"—Toby Keith
  • "Just a Kiss"—Lady Antebellum
  • "Mean"—Taylor Swift

Single Record of the Year

  • "Crazy Girl"—Eli Young Band
  • "Don't You Wanna Stay"—Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson
  • "Red Solo Cup"—Toby Keith
  • "Tomorrow"—Chris Young
  • "You and Tequila"—Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter

Song of the Year

  • "Crazy Girl"—Eli Young Band; Lee Brice and Liz Rose
  • "Home"—Dierks Bentley; Brett Biebers, Dierks Bentley and Dan Wilson
  • "Just a Kiss"—Lady Antebellum; Dallas Davidson, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott
  • "Threaten Me With Heaven"—Vince Gill; Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Dillon O'Brian, Will Owsley
  • "You and Tequila"—Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter; Matraca Berg, Deana Carter

Album of the Year

  • Chief—Eric Church
  • Four the Record—Miranda Lambert
  • Hemingway’s Whiskey—Kenny Chesney
  • My Kinda Party—Jason Aldean
  • Own the Night—Lady Antebellum

Vocal Group of the Year

  • The Band Perry
  • Eli Young Band
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Love and Theft
  • Montgomery Gentry
  • Steel Magnolia
  • Sugarland
  • Thompson Square

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Jason Aldean
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Brad Paisley
  • Blake Shelton
  • Chris Young

Female Vocalist

  • Sara Evans
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Martina McBride
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood

Entertainer of the Year

  • Jason Aldean
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Brad Paisley
  • Blake Shelton
  • Taylor Swift


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