2009 Academy of Country Music Awards Nominations

Academy of Country Music Awards

2009 Academy of Country Music Awards nominations were announced at a press conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame(R) and Museum in Nashville by Julianne Hough, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes and Jessica Simpson.  Brad Paisley leads with six nominations; Heidi Newfield with five nominations; Kenny Chesney, Jamey Johnson and George Strait with 4 nominations; Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban with 3 nominations; Trace Adkins, Brooks & Dunn, Little Big Town, James Otto, Jake Owen, Taylor Swift and Sugarland each received 2 nominations

The 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be held Sunday, April 5, 2009 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and broadcast live at 8:00 PM ET on CBS.  Buy Academy of Country Music Awards Tickets and be there for all the excitement.

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, February 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 www.voteACM.com, and this year fans will also be able to text their votes for Entertainer of the Year during the broadcast. The winners of each category will be announced live during the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

Brad Paisley led with six nominations, including Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist. In addition, Paisley was nominated for Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year for “Waitin’ on a Woman,” and Vocal Event of the Year for “Start a Band” with Keith Urban. Paisley is the reigning Top Male Vocalist.

Heidi Newfield is nominated for five awards, including Top Female Vocalist. She is also nominated for Single Record of the Year and is nominated as an artist and composer for Song of the Year for “Johnny & June,” for which she is also nominated for Video of the Year.

Kenny Chesney is nominated for four awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist and as an artist and producer for Vocal Event of the Year for “Down the Road” with Mac McAnally. If Chesney wins Entertainer of the Year, it will be his fifth consecutive win, which will tie Alabama for the most consecutive wins in this category.

Jamey Johnson received four nominations, including Top New Male Vocalist, Single Record of the Year and as an artist and composer for Song of the Year for “In Color.” This is the first time Johnson has been nominated as an artist. He previously won an Academy of Country Music Award in 2006 for Song of the Year for “Give It Away,” which was recorded by George Strait.

George Strait received four nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist and Song of the Year for “I Saw God Today.” He is also nominated for Video of the Year for “Troubadour.” If Strait wins Entertainer of the Year, it will be his second win in that category, previously winning the award in 1989. Strait has also been named the Academy of Country Music’s Artist of the Decade and will be honored in a television special to air later in the year on CBS.

Carrie Underwood is nominated for three awards, including Entertainer of Year. If Underwood wins Entertainer of the Year, she will be only the 7th female to take the award; previous winners include Loretta Lynn in 1975, Reba McEntire in 1994 and most recently the Dixie Chicks in 2000. Underwood is also nominated for Top Female Vocalist, and her video “Just a Dream” is nominated for Video of the Year. If she wins Top Female Vocalist, it will be the third consecutive year she has won the category.

Keith Urban received three nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist and Vocal Event of the Year for his duet with Brad Paisley for “Start a Band.” Urban is a five-time ACM award winner, including Top Male Vocalist in 2004 and 2005, Album of the Year in 2004 and Top New Male Artist in 2000. If he wins Entertainer of the Year, he will be eligible for the Triple Crown Award, the Academy’s recognition of those who have taken Top New Artist, Top Artist and Entertainer of the Year awards.

Trace Adkins, Brooks & Dunn, Little Big Town, James Otto, Jake Owen, Taylor Swift and Sugarland are each nominated for two awards. Adkins is nominated for Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “You’re Gonna Miss This.” Brooks & Dunn are nominated for Top Vocal Duo and Vocal Event of the Year. If they win Top Vocal Duo, it will be their 16th straight win in the category. Little Big Town received two nominations for Top Vocal Group and Vocal Event of the Year. James Otto—a first-time nominee—is nominated for Top New Male Vocalist and as a producer for Song of the Year for “In Color.” Jake Owen is nominated for Top New Male Vocalist and Vocal Event of the Year, and was previously nominated for Top New Male Vocalist in 2007. Swift is nominated in two categories including Top Female Vocalist, and her video “Love Story” is nominated for Video of the Year. She won Top New Female Vocalist last year. Sugarland is nominated for Top Vocal Duo and Vocal Event of the Year. Last year they won Single Record of the Year for “Stay.”

Members of the Academy of Country Music select the nominees and winners of the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, and select the final top five nominees of the Entertainer of the Year category and the top three nominees in newcomer categories, Top New Female Vocalist, Top New Male Vocalist and Top New Vocal Duo or Group. Presenters and performers who will appear at the ceremony will be announced at a later date. As previously announced, Reba McEntire will return for an unprecedented 11th time to host this year’s show.


44th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES

Entertainer of the Year

Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban

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

In Color - Jamey Johnson, Produced by The Ken Hardley Playboys

Johnny & June - Heidi Newfield, Produced by Tony Brown

Waitin’ On A Woman - Brad Paisley, Produced by Frank Rogers

You’re Gonna Miss This - Trace Adkins, Produced by Frank Rogers
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
Produced by: Not listed
Mercury

Start A Band - Brad Paisley Duet With Keith Urban
Produced by: Frank Rogers
Arista Nashville

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR - NATIONAL

Blair Garner - After MidNite with Blair Garner
Crook & Chase - Crook and Chase Countdown
Danny Wright - Danny Wright All Night
Lon Helton - Country Countdown USA

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR - MAJOR MARKET

KEEY.FM (Minneapolis, MN) - Donna Valentine, Muss and Fish
KSCS.FM (Arlington, TX) - Dorsey Gang
KSON.FM (San Diego, CA) - Cliff & Company: Cliff, Morgan, Tanner and Tori                              
KYGO.FM (Denver, CO) - Kelly Ford & Mudflap McGrew with Ed Greene
WIL .FM (St. Louis, MO) - The Cornbread Show featuring Cornbread, Pat James, Producer Annie, Captain Mac Douglas & Father Harry Shroeder

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR - LARGE MARKET

WFMS.FM (Indianapolis, IN) - JD Cannon
WFMS.FM (Indianapolis, IN) - Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt & Kevin Freeman
WMIL.FM (Milwaukee, WI) - Karen, Scott & Radar ? The Moo Crew
WTQR.FM (Greensboro, NC) - Jeff Roper & Angie Ward
WUBE.FM (Cincinnati, OH) - Chris Carr & Amanda Orlando

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR - MEDIUM MARKET

WBBS.FM (Syracuse, NY) - Tom and Becky ? B104.7 Morning Show
WBCT.FM (Grand Rapids, MI) - The Electric Barnyard with Broadway (and Crawl)
KFDI.FM (Wichita, KS) - Brian Pierce & Kellie Michaels
WIVK.FM (Knoxville, TN) - Gunner
WIVK.FM (Knoxville, TN) - Andy Ritchie, Alison West, Jimmy Holt

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR - SMALL MARKET

KUAD.FM (Ft. Collins, CO) - Brian Gary and Todd Harding (The Good Morning Guys)
WCTY.FM (Norwich, CT) - Jimmy Lane and Shelly Martinez
WFYR.FM (Peoria, IL) - Rick Stephenson & Lisa Franks
WOKQ.FM (Dover, NH) - Mark & Danielle
WYCT.FM (Pensacola, FL) - Brent Lane and Dana Cervantes

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR - MAJOR MARKET

KMPS.FM (Seattle, WA) - Today’s Country
KYGO.FM (Denver, CO) - Denver’s #1 For New Country
WKLB.FM (Boston, MA) - Country 102.5
WQYK.FM (Tampa, FL) - Tampa Bay’s Country Station
WSOC.FM (Charlotte, NC) - Charlotte’s # 1 Country

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR - LARGE MARKET

WFMS.FM (Indianapolis, IN) - The Country Station
WMIL.FM (Milwaukee, WI) - Continuous Country Favorites of Yesterday and Today
WQDR.FM (Raleigh, NC) - Today’s Best Country
WSIX.FM (Nashville, TN) - The Big 98 WSIX
WUBE.FM (Cincinnati, OH) - Cincinnati’s Country!

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR - MEDIUM MARKET

KFDI.FM (Wichita, KS) - Today’s KFDI
KUZZ AM/FM (Bakersfield, CA) - Bakersfield’s Best Country
WGNA.FM (Albany, NY) - Country 107.7
WIVK.FM (Knoxville, TN) - Today’s Best Music and the All?Time Country Legends
WYRK.FM (Buffalo, NY) - Today’s Country & Your All Time Favorites

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR - SMALL MARKET

WFYR.FM (Peoria, IL) - River Country
WKXC.?FM (Augusta, GA) - Number One for New Country and More Variety
WXCL.FM (Peoria, IL) - Number One For New Country
WXXQ.FM (Rockford, IL) - Rockford’s Country
WYCT.FM (Pensacola, FL) - Cat Country

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Buddy Cannon
Dann Huff
Frank Rogers
Nathan Chapman
Tony Brown

AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

Chuck Ainlay
Greg Droman
John Kelton
Mills Logan
Steve Marcantonio

TOP BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Dave Hungate
Glenn Worf
Jimmie Lee Sloas
Larry Paxton
Mike Brignardello

TOP PERCUSSIONIST/DRUMMER OF THE YEAR

Chad Cromwell
Eddie Bayers
Greg Morrow
Lonnie Wilson
Paul Leim

TOP FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Aubrey Haynie
Joe Spivey
Jonathan Yudkin
Larry Franklin
Rob Hajacos

TOP GUITARIST OF THE YEAR

Brett Mason
Bryan Sutton
J.T. Corenflos
Kenny Greenberg
Tom Bukovac

TOP PIANO/KEYBOARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Gordon Mote
John Hobbs
John Jarvis
Steve Nathan
Tony Harrell

TOP SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Eric Darken
Ilya Toshinsky
Jelly Roll Johnson
Randy Kohrs
Rob Ickes

TOP STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Bruce Bouton
Dan Dugmore
Mike Johnson
Russ Pahl
Steve Hinson

VENUE OF THE YEAR

DTE Energy Music Theatre - Clarkston, MI
Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion - Gilford, NH
The Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN
Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek - Raleigh, NC
Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre - Virginia Beach, VA

NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR

Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace - Bakersfield, CA
Coyote Joe’s - Charlotte, NC
Joe’s Bar - Chicago, IL
The Grizzly Rose - Denver, CO
Wild Bill’s - Duluth, GA

CASINO OF THE YEAR

Casino Rama - Orillia, Ontario
Chumash Casino - Santa Ynez, CA
Mystic Lake - Minneapolis, MN
The Peppermill Resorts at Wendover - West Wendover, NV
Turning Stone Casino - Verona, NY

DON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR

David Snowden - Triangle Talent
Fran Romeo - Romeo Entertainment
Gary Osier - Gary Osier Presents
Suzanne Wilson - Wilson Events
Todd Boltin - Variety Attractions

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

Ben Farrell - Varnell Enterprises
Darin Lashinsky - Outback Concerts
Gary Weinberger - Red Mountain Entertainment
Louis Messina - The Messina Group
Steve Moore - AEGLive

 

 

The 44th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

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