Country crooner nabs eight nominations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — George Strait led the nominees announced Monday for the Academy of Country Music Awards with eight nominations, including entertainer of the year and top male vocalist.

Vocal duo Brooks & Dunn got seven nominations and Rascal Flatts had six. The announcement was made at the Country Music Hall of Fame and aired live on CBS’ “The Early Show.”

The nominees were introduced by Kenny Chesney – the reigning ACM entertainer of the year – and the duo Sugarland.

“Whenever you get nominated, it’s a reflection of a lot of people’s hard work,” Chesney said.

Carrie Underwood received five nominations and Big & Rich got four.

The 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be presented May 15 in Las Vegas.

Strait also was nominated as artist and producer for the album “It Just Comes Natural” and the single “Give it Away,” which also was nominated for song of the year.

Brooks & Dunn were honored in the entertainer of the year and the top vocal duo categories, and their “Hillbilly Deluxe” was nominated for album of the year.

Rascal Flatts got nominations for entertainer of the year, top vocal group, best album for “Me and My Gang” and best single for “What Hurts the Most.”

42nd Academy of Country Music Awards Final Nominees

Entertainer of the Year
Brooks & Dunn
Kenny Chesney
Tim McGraw
Rascal Flatts
George Strait

Top Male Vocalist
Kenny Chesney
Toby Keith
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Keith Urban

Top Female Vocalist
Sara Evans
Faith Hill
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Carrie Underwood

Top Vocal Group
Diamond Rio
Emerson Drive
Little Big Town
Lonestar
Rascal Flatts

Top Vocal Duo
Big & Rich
Brooks & Dunn
Montgomery Gentry
Sugarland
The Wreckers

Top New Male Vocalist
Rodney Atkins
Craig Morgan
Chris Young

Top New Female Vocalist
Miranda Lambert
Kellie Pickler
Taylor Swift

Top New Duo or Vocal Group
Heartland
Little Big Town
The Wreckers

Album of the Year

“Hillbilly Deluxe”
Brooks & Dunn
Produced by Tony Brown, Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks
#3 Produced by Mark Wright, Tony Brown, Ronnie Dunn, Kix Brooks
# 6 Original demo produced by Kix Brooks, Tom Shapiro
Arista Nashville

“It Just Comes Natural”
George Strait
Produced by Tony Brown, George Strait
MCA Nashville

“Me and My Gang”
Rascal Flatts
Produced by Dann Huff, Rascal Flatts
Lyric Street Records

“Some Hearts”
Carrie Underwood
#1, 2, 4, 7, 10 & 13 Produced by Mark Bright
#3, 6, 8, 9, 11 & 12 Produced by Dann Huff
19 Recordings Limited/ Arista Records

“These Days”
Vince Gill
Produced by Vince Gill, John Hobbs, Justin Niebank
MCA Nashville

Single Record of the Year
“Before He Cheats”
Carrie Underwood
Produced by Mark Bright
19 Recordings Limited/ Arista Records

“Give It Away”
George Strait
Produced by Tony Brown, George Strait
MCA Nashville

“I Loved Her First”
Heartland
Produced by Walt Aldridge
Lofton Creek Records

“What Hurts the Most”
Rascal Flatts
Produced by Dann Huff, Rascal Flatts
Lyric Street Records

“Would You Go With Me”
Josh Turner
Produced by Frank Rogers
MCA Nashville

Song of the Year
“Amarillo Sky”
Jason Aldean
Writers: John Rich, Big Kenny, Rodney Clawson, Bart Pursley
Publishers: © 2005 Rich Texan Music (ASCAP), Bound For Sound Music (ASCAP) All rights
admin. By WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) Big Love Music (BMI) Admin. By Carol Vincent and
Associates. Grinnin’ Girl Music (BMI) Bar Two Beat One Music (ASCAP)

“Before He Cheats”
Carrie Underwood
Writers: Chris Tompkins, Josh Kear
Publishers: That Little House Music (ASCAP)/ Mighty Underdog Music/Sony/ATV Cross
Keys Publishing (ASCAP)

“Give It Away”
George Strait
Writers: Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon, Jamey Johnson
Publishers: © 2006 Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Mr. Bubba Music, Inc., admin. by Sony/ATV
Music Publishing (BMI); Run Slow Music, admin. By ICG (ASCAP); EMI Blackwood Music
Inc. (BMI)

“If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)”
Rodney Atkins
Writers:Sam and Annie Tate, Dave Berg
Publishers: Gravonitron Music, Whaddayadef Music, Cal IV Songs, BerdBrain Music

“Would You Go With Me”
Josh Turner
Writers: Shawn Camp, John Scott Sherrill
Publishers: © 2005 Sony/ATV Songs LLC/All Mighty Dog Music/Travelin’ Arkansawyer
Music, admin. By Sony/ATV Music Publishing; Sony/ATV Songs LLC/All Mighty Dog
Music/City Wolf Music, admin. By Sony/ATV Music Publishing (BMI)

Video of the Year
“8th of November”
Big & Rich
Producer: Steve Lamar
Director: George Deaton, Robert Flanigan, Marc Oswald

“Amarillo Sky”
Jason Aldean
Producer: Brittany Hailes
Director: Wes Edwards

“Before He Cheats”
Carrie Underwood
Producer: Randy Brewer
Director: Roman White

“Hillbilly Deluxe”
Brooks & Dunn
Producer: Mark Kalbfeld
Director: Michael Salomon

“Seashores of Old Mexico”
George Strait
Producer: Shelli Jury
Director: Trey Fanjoy

Vocal Event of the Year
“Building Bridges”
Brooks & Dunn with Vince Gill & Sheryl Crow
Produced by Tony Brown, Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks
Arista Nashville

“I Don’t Want To”
Ashley Monroe & Ronnie Dunn
Produced by Mark Wright
Columbia Nashville

“Me and God”
Josh Turner featuring Dr. Ralph Stanley and Marty Roe, Dana Williams and Gene Johnson of Diamond Rio
Produced by Frank Rogers
MCA Nashville

“Politically Uncorrect”
Gretchen Wilson featuring Merle Haggard
Produced by Gretchen Wilson, John Rich and Mark Wright
Columbia Nashville

“That’s How They Do It In Dixie”
Hank Williams Jr. with Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich and Van Zant
Produced by Doug Johnson for Curb Productions
Curb Records

Nominations for the following awards will be announced March 27:
Nightclub of the Year
Venue of the Year
Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year
Promoter of the Year
Top Guitarist
Top Piano/Keyboards Player
Top Bass Player
Top Percussionist/Drums
Top Steel Guitar Player
Top Fiddle Player
Top Specialty Instrument(s) Player
Audio Engineer of the Year
Producer of the Year
On-Air Personality of the Year (Major, Medium and Small Markets)
National On-Air Personality of the Year
Radio Station of the Year (Major, Medium and Small Markets)

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