Nominations Announced For The 49th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® AWARDS Country Music’s Party Of The Year

Nominations were announced today for the 49th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, honoring country music’s superstars and hottest emerging talent. Hosted by four-time ACM Award winner Blake Shelton and reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan , the ACM Awards are produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

acmawardsNominees were revealed online via the third annual ACM digital press conference this morning. Fox Sports broadcaster Erin Andrews , 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs , reigning ACM Songwriter of the Year Dallas Davidson , The Insider co-anchor Kevin Frazier , singer and Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale , CBS This Morning co-anchor Gayle King , Jerrod Niemann , Entertainment Tonight co-anchor Nancy O’Dell , Duck Dynasty stars Willie and Korie Robertson , Darius Rucker , The Talk hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler & Sheryl Underwood and surprise guest pop superstar Katy Perry , all announced nominations in video postings to the Academy’s Facebook and Twitter sites during the approximately 45 minute online event.

Fans will again help select the winner of both the Academy’s most prestigious honor, Entertainer of the Year, and the New Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl’s. As previously announced, Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Thomas Rhett and Parmalee are the semi-finalists for this year’s ACM New Artist of the Year. These top eight (8) artists from the first round of ACM professional voting will compete via the Great American Country fan vote at GACtv.com, combined with the ACM professional membership vote, to determine the 3 nominees for the award. An additional combined fan and professional membership vote will determine the winner. The winners of Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year will be announced live during the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

Miranda Lambert earned seven nominations, including her third nomination for Entertainer of the Year and eighth consecutive nod for Female Vocalist of the Year. Additionally, Lambert was nominated for Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year for “Mama’s Broken Heart,” and twice for Vocal Event of the Year for both “We Were Us” with Keith Urban and “Boys ‘Round Here” as part of the Pistol Annies. Lambert is the reigning ACM Female Vocalist of the Year.

Tim McGraw received seven nominations, including Video of the Year for “Highway Don’t Care” featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban. He is also nominated twice for Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year awards as both the artist and producer.

Keith Urban received six nominations, including Male Vocalist of the Year, Single Record of the Year and Video of the Year. In the category for Vocal Event of the Year he is nominated for “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift, as well as nominated twice for “We Were Us” with Miranda Lambert as the artist and producer.

Lee Brice is nominated for five awards, including his first ever Male Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year nominations and fourth consecutive nod for Song of the Year. He is also nominated twice in the Single Record of the Year category as the artist and producer for “I Drive Your Truck.”

Kacey Musgraves earned five nominations, including her second consecutive nods for Female Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year. She is also nominated for Song of the Year and nominated twice in the Album of the Year category, as the artist and producer, for Same Trailer Different Park.

Blake Shelton is nominated for five awards, including his third consecutive nomination for Entertainer of the Year and fourth nod for Male Vocalist of the Year. Shelton also received a nomination for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year.

Taylor Swift received five nominations, including her fifth consecutive nod for Entertainer of the Year and seventh consecutive nod for Female Vocalist of the Year. She also received a nomination for Single Record of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban.

Reigning New Artist of the Year, Florida Georgia Line earned four nominations, including their second consecutive nod for Vocal Duo of the Year. They also earned nominations for Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year.

Lady Antebellum is nominated for four awards, including their sixth nod for Vocal Group of the Year. They are also nominated for Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for “Wagon Wheel” with Darius Rucker.

Luke Bryan received three nominations, including his second consecutive nomination for both Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He also earned an Album of the Year nomination for Crash My Party.

Darius Rucker is nominated for three awards, including Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for “Wagon Wheel” featuring Lady Antebellum.

The Academy of Country Music’s professional membership selects the nominees and winners of the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, and selects the final top five nominees of the Entertainer of the Year category. New Artist of the Year final nominees will be selected by a combined vote of the fans and professional members.

Fan voting for Entertainer of the Year begins on Monday, March 24 at 3:00 PM ET/12noon PT at VoteACM.com and will close during the third hour of the LIVE broadcast. First round fan voting for New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s is now open at www.VoteACM.com and www.GACTV.com/ACM and will close on Tuesday, February 4 at 3:00 PM ET/12noon PT. The final three nominees will be announced in the coming weeks and will move on to compete in the final round of voting for the New Artist category at VoteACM.com. Final round fan voting for the New Artist of the Year category begins on Monday, March 24 at 3:00 PM ET/12noon PT and will close at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on Sunday, April 6 (before the LIVE telecast begins).

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

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Taylor Swift

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Jason Aldean
Lee Brice
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Sheryl Crow
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Big & Rich
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
Thompson Square

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
Based On A True Story… – Blake Shelton
Producer: Scott Hendricks
Record Label: Warner Bros. Records

Crash My Party – Luke Bryan
Producer: Jeff Stevens
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

Here’s To The Good Times – Florida Georgia Line
Producer: Joey Moi
Record Label: Republic Nashville

Same Trailer Different Park – Kacey Musgraves
Producers: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
Record Label: Mercury Records

Two Lanes Of Freedom – Tim McGraw
Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw
Record Label: Big Machine Records

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

Cruise – Florida Georgia Line
Producer: Joey Moi
Record Label: Republic Nashville

Highway Don’t Care – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw
Record Label: Big Machine Records

I Drive Your Truck – Lee Brice
Producers: Lee Brice, Kyle Jacobs, Matt McClure
Record Label: Curb Records

Mama’s Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert
Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
Record Label: RCA Nashville

Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum
Producer: Frank Rogers
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]
Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain) – Gary Allan
Songwriters: Gary Allan, Hillary Lindsey, Matthew Warren
Publishers: Always Alone Songs (ASCAP), Crystal Beach Music (BMI), Raylene Music (ASCAP)

I Drive Your Truck – Lee Brice
Songwriters: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Jimmy Yeary
Publishers: Beattyville Music (BMI), EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI), Great Day At This Music (BMI), Happy Tears Music (ASCAP), Vistaville Music (ASCAP), Watch This Girl Publishing (BMI)

Mama’s Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert
Songwriters: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
Publishers: 351 Music (BMI), Crazy Water Music (ASCAP), Little Blue Egg (ASCAP), Songs of Parallel (ASCAP), Vista Loma Music (ASCAP), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)

Mine Would Be You – Blake Shelton
Songwriters: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Deric Ruttan
Publishers: Doc and Maggie Music (ASCAP), EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI), Get A Load Of This Music (ASCAP), Great Day At This Music (BMI), Hopeless Rose Music (ASCAP), Vistaville Music (ASCAP), Watch This Girl Publishing (BMI), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)

Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum
Songwriters: Bob Dylan, Ketch Secor
Publishers: Blood Donor Music (BMI), Special Rider Music (SESAC)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] *(Off Camera Award) (TIE)

Better Dig Two – The Band Perry
Producer: Eric Williams
Director: Declan Whitebloom

Blowin’ Smoke – Kacey Musgraves
Producer: Josh Goldstein
Director: Honey

Highway Don’t Care – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
Producers: Tameron Hedge, Chandra LaPlume
Director: Shane Drake

I Drive Your Truck – Lee Brice
Producer: Karen Martin
Director: Eric Welch

Mama’s Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert
Producer: Reagan Rosson
Director: Trey Fanjoy

Two Black Cadillacs – Carrie Underwood
Producer: Steve Lamar
Director: P.R. Brown

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]*(Off Camera Award)

Boys ‘Round Here – Blake Shelton Featuring Pistol Annies & Friends
Producer: Scott Hendricks
Record Label: Warner Bros. Records

Cruise (Remix) – Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly
Producers: Joey Moi, Jason Nevins
Record Label: Republic Nashville

Highway Don’t Care – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw
Record Label: Big Machine Records

Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum
Producer: Frank Rogers
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

We Were Us – Keith Urban And Miranda Lambert
Producers: Nathan Chapman, Keith Urban
Record Labels: Capitol Records Nashville, Hit Red Records, RCA Nashville

OFF CAMERA AWARDS – The following off-camera awards will be presented during the 8th Annual ACM Honors event on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 in Nashville.

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR *( Off Camera Award)
Rhett Akins
Rodney Clawson
Ashley Gorley
Luke Laird
Shane McAnally

INDUSTRY AWARDS:

CASINO OF THE YEAR – SMALL CAPACITY
Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa Rancho Mirage, CA
Deadwood Mountain Grand Deadwood, SD
Mohegan Sun Wolf Den Uncasville, CT
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Mount Pleasant, MI
The Joint at Hard Rock Casino Catoosa, OK

CASINO OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM CAPACITY
Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino Windsor, ON‎, Canada
Casino Rama Rama, ON, Canada
Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, CT
Star of the Desert Arena Primm, NV
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, NV

NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR
Billy Bob’s Texas Fort Worth, TX
Bub City Chicago, IL
Floore’s Country Store Helotes, TX
The Dusty Armadillo Rootstown, OH
Wild Bills Duluth, GA

VENUE OF THE YEAR – SMALL CAPACITY
American Music Theatre Lancaster, PA
Cape Cod Melody Tent Hyannis, MA
Georgia Theatre Athens, GA
House of Blues Boston, MA
The Moody Theater Austin, TX

VENUE OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM CAPACITY
Amphitheater at The Wharf Orange Beach, AL
Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook Gilford, NH
Big Sandy Superstore Arena Huntington, WV
Grand Ole Opry House Nashville, TN
Red Rocks Amphitheatre Golden, CO

VENUE OF THE YEAR – LARGE CAPACITY
BOK Center Tulsa, OK
Bridgestone Arena Nashville, TN
Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion Bangor, ME
Gorge Amphitheatre George, WA
Hollywood Bowl Hollywood, CA

DON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR
Billy Brill – Billy Alan Productions
Brock Jones – Global Spectrum
Nicole More – Neste Event Marketing
Fran Romeo – Romeo Entertainment Group
R.J. Romeo – Romeo Entertainment Group

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
Brent Fedrizzi – AEG Live
Brad Garrett – Police Productions
Billy Minick – Billy Bob’s Texas
Brian O’Connell – Live Nation
Ron Sakamoto – Gold & Gold Productions

STUDIO RECORDING AWARDS:
(FORMERLY KNOWN AS MUSICIAN/BANDLEADER/INSTRUMENTALIST (MBI) AWARDS)

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Mike Brignardello
Kevin “Swine” Grantt
Mark Hill
Michael Rhodes
Glenn Worf

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR
Chad Cromwell
Fred Eltringham
Shannon Forrest
Greg Morrow
Lonnie Wilson

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jeff King
Troy Lancaster
Brent Mason
Rob McNelley
Jerry McPherson

PIANO/KEYBOARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tony Harrell
John Jarvis
Charlie Judge
Tim Lauer
Gordon Mote

SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Glen Duncan
Larry Franklin
Jim Hoke
Danny Rader
Bryan Sutton

STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dan Dugmore
Paul Franklin
Steve Hinson
Russ Pahl
Scotty Sanders

AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
Derek Bason
Ben Fowler
Mills Logan
Steve Marcantonio
Justin Niebank

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Mark Bright
Dann Huff
Michael Knox
Frank Liddell
Paul Worley


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