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Lady A Tops ACM Nominations

To say Lady Antebellum is on a roll might qualify as the understatement of the year. The trio of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood lead all comers with seven Academy of Country Music Award nominations, including Album of the Year for Lady Antebellum and Top Vocal Group. In recent weeks the group has scored a Grammy, a No. 1 album and an appearance on Oprah, among other accomplishments.

Pal Miranda Lambert is close behind with six nominations, including Album of the Year for Revolution and Top Female Vocalist, as is superstar Carrie Underwood, whose six nods include one for Entertainer of the Year. Underwood is the reigning ACM Entertainer, and, if she wins that category again, she will be the first female in Academy history to capture two Entertainer trophies.

Meanwhile. Taylor Swift is up for five awards, including her first nod for Entertainer of the Year, a title she currently holds from the rival Country Music Association. Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley are both up for four awards, with each receiving a nod for Entertainer and Top Male Vocalist. Zac Brown Band is also up for four awards, including Entertainer, while group leader Zac Brown is up for two awards.

The Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award will be given to Montgomery Gentry for their ongoing community service and charitable giving of their time and talent.

Fans will choose the winners of the Entertainer of the Year and Top New Artist categories.

Following is the list of final nominees:

Entertainer of the Year

  • Kenny Chesney
  • Toby Keith
  • Brad Paisley
  • George Strait
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Keith Urban
  • Zac Brown Band

Male Vocalist Of The Year

  • Kenny Chesney
  • Brad Paisley
  • Darius Rucker
  • George Strait
  • Keith Urban

Female Vocalist Of The Year

  • Miranda Lambert
  • Reba McEntire
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Lee Ann Womack

Top Vocal Group Of The Year

  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Randy Rogers Band
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Zac Brown Band

Top Vocal Duo Of The Year

  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Joey + Rory
  • Montgomery Gentry
  • Steel Magnolia
  • Sugarland


  • Luke Bryan
  • Jamey Johnson
  • Chris Young


  • Bomshel
  • Joey + Rory
  • Steel Magnolia


  • Eli Young Band
  • Gloriana
  • The Lost Trailers

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company(s)]

  • American Saturday Night - Brad Paisley (Arista Nashville)
    Produced by: Chris DuBois, Frank Rogers
  • Lady Antebellum - Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records Nashville)
    Produced by: Victoria Shaw, Paul Worley
  • Play On - Carrie Underwood (19/Arista Nashville)
    Produced by: Mark Bright
    Produced by Max Martin & Shellback for Maratone Productions and Mark Bright
  • Revolution - Miranda Lambert (Columbia Nashville)
    Produced by: Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke
  • The Foundation - Zac Brown Band (Southern Ground / Bigger Picture / Atlantic)
    Produced by: Keith Stegall, Zac Brown

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

  • Need You Now - Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records Nashville)
    Produced by: Lady Antebellum, Paul Worley
  • People Are Crazy - Billy Currington (Mercury)
    Produced by: Carson Chamberlain, Billy Currington
  • Red Light - David Nail (MCA Nashville)

    Produced by: Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke

  • Toes - Zac Brown Band (Southern Ground / Bigger Picture / Atlantic)
    Produced by: Keith Stegall, Zac Brown
  • White Liar - Miranda Lambert (Columbia Nashville)
    Produced by: Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke

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

  • Cowboy Casanova - Carrie Underwood
    Composers: Mike Elizondo, Brett James, Carrie Underwood
    Publishers: Brett James Cornelius Music (ASCAP), Carrie Okie Music (BMI), Rincon Ave Music (ASCAP), Stage Three Songs (ASCAP)
  • Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
    Composers: Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott
    Publishers: EMI Foray Music (BMI), Darth Buddha (ASCAP), Dwhaywood Music (BMI), Hillary Dawn Publishing (SESAC), Radiobullets Publishing (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), Year Of The Dog Music (ASCAP)
  • People Are Crazy - Billy Currington
    Composers: Bobby Braddock, Troy Jones
    Publishers: Crozier Music Enterprises LLC (BMI), Mighty Nice Music (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Tiltawhirl Music (BMI)
  • White Liar - Miranda Lambert
    Composers: Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert
    Publishers: Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Tiltawhirl Music (BMI)
  • You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift
    Composers: Liz Rose, Taylor Swift
    Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Taylor Swift Music (BMI)

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

  • Boots On – Randy Houser
    Producer: Eric Welch
    Director: Eric Welch (Drake footage: Vickie Vaughn)
  • Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
    Producer: Clarke Gallivan
    Director: David McClister
  • Welcome To The Future – Brad Paisley
    Producers: Mark Kalbfeld, Jim Shea, Peter Tilden
    Director: Jim Shea
  • White Liar – Miranda Lambert
    Producer: Tameron Hedge
    Director: Chris Hicky
  • You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift
    Producer: Randy Brewer
    Director: Roman White

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

  • Hillbilly Bone - Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins (Reprise Records / Warner Music Nashville)
    Producer: Scott Hendricks
  • Honky Tonk Stomp - Brooks & Dunn featuring Billy Gibbons (Arista Nashville)
    Producer: Ronnie Dunn, Terry McBride
  • I Told You So - Carrie Underwood featuring Randy Travis (19/Arista Nashville)
    Producer: Mark Bright
  • I’m Alive - Kenny Chesney with Dave Matthews (Blue Chair/BNA)
    Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
  • Seeing Stars - Jack Ingram featuring Patty Griffin (Big Machine Records)
    Produced by: Jack Ingram, Jeremy Stover<

* Fan voting for Top New Solo Vocalist, Top New Vocal Group and Top New Vocal Duo began at on Friday, February 26 and will close on Friday, March 12. The winner in each of the three categories will be announced March 23, and will move on to compete for Top New Artist.

The ACM Awards will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 18. The show will air at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on CBS-TV. Country Weekly will be there to give you live updates throughout the show.

Note: In some categories, an artist might receive more than one nomination—for example, one as artist and one as producer if the category recognizes both.


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