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Nominations were announced January 26, 2012 for the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, a star-studded event produced for television by dick clark productions broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Nominees were announced online via the first-ever ACM digital press conference January 26, 2012 on the Academy’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Awards co-host Reba participated with a video message to kick things off and entertainment superstars Lionel Richie, who will be honored during a special taping ofACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends In Concert in April (to air at a later date on CBS), Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls), Nancy O’Dell (Entertainment Tonight), Michael Ausiello (TVLine.com) announced batches of nominations in video postings during the approximately 20 minute online event which culminated in music fans announcing the nominees for the Academy’s biggest prize, Entertainer of the Year, a privilege fans embraced for the first time ever by submitting videos naming their favorite artist. Fans from around the country announced Entertainer of the Year nominees Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift.

As previously announced, Blake Shelton will join forces with country music star Reba to host the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards for the second consecutive year. For the fifth year, fans will select the winner of the Academy’s most prestigious honor, Entertainer of the Year, and for the fourth year, the New Artist of the Year category will also be opened up to fan voting. Nominees for New Artist of the Year were not announced in the press conference today because fan voting for those semi-finalists will close on January 30 (see page 2 below).

The winners of Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year will be announced live during the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

The Academy of Country Music’s professional membership 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 eight semi-finalists in the New Artist of the Year category. Presenters and performers who will appear at the ceremony will be announced at a later date.

Fan voting for New Artist of the Year began at VoteACM.com and GACtv.com/ACM on January 16, 2012 and will close on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 12noon ET/9:00AM PT, after which nominees in that category will be announced separately. Fan voting for New Artist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year begins on March 19, 2012 at 9:00AM ET/12noon PT at VoteACM.com. Fan voting for New Artist of the Year will close at 5 p.m. PT on April 1, 2012 (before the LIVE show starts) and fan voting for Entertainer of the Year will close during the third hour of the LIVE broadcast.

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

Entertainer of the Year

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

 

Male Vocalist of the year

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

 

Female Vocalist of the year

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

 

Vocal Duo of the year

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

 

Vocal Group of the year

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

 

New Artist of the Year (Nominees in Feb.)

Album of the year (Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company)

  • Chief – Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)
    Produced by: Arturo Buenahora, Jr., Jay Joyce
  • Four The Record – Miranda Lambert (RCA)
    Produced by: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
  • Hemingway’s Whiskey – Kenny Chesney (BNA)
    Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
  • My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean (Broken Bow Records)
    Produced by: Michael Knox
  • Own The Night – Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records Nashville)
    Produced by: Lady Antebellum, Paul Worley

 

Single Record of the Year (Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company)

  • Crazy Girl – Eli Young Band (Republic Nashville)
    Produced by: Mike Wrucke
  • Don’t You Wanna Stay – Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson (Broken Bow Records)
    Produced by: Michael Knox
  • Red Solo Cup – Toby Keith (Show Dog-Universal Music)
    Produced by: Toby Keith
  • Tomorrow – Chris Young (RCA)
    Produced by: James Stroud
  • You And Tequila – Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter (BNA)
    Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

 

Song of the Year (Award to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s))

  • Crazy Girl – Eli Young Band
    Composers: Lee Brice, Liz Rose
    Publishers: Cake Taker Music (BMI), Mike Curb Music (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Sweet Hysteria Music (BMI)
  • Home – Dierks Bentley
    Composers: Brett Beavers, Dierks Bentley, Dan Wilson
    Publishers: Big White Tracks (ASCAP), Chestnut Barn Music (BMI), Chrysalis Music/BMG Rights (ASCAP), Chrysalis One Songs (BMI)
  • Just A Kiss – Lady Antebellum
    Composers: Dallas Davidson, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott
    Publishers: Dwhaywood Music (BMI), EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI), EMI Foray Music (SESAC), Hillary Dawn Songs (SESAC), Radiobulletspublishing (BMI), String Stretcher Music (BMI) Warner-Tamberlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
  • Threaten Me With Heaven – Vince Gill
    Composers: Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Dillon O’Brian, Will Owsley
    Publishers: Grant Girls Music (ASCAP), Vinny Mae Music (BMI), Willie-O Music (ASCAP)
  • You And Tequila – Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter
    Composers: Matraca Berg, Deana Carter
    Publishers: Deanaling Music (ASCAP), Hannaberg Music (BMI), Songs of Universal Inc., (BMI), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)

 

Songwriter of the Year *(Off Camera Award)

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

 

Video of the Year (Award to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)) *(Off Camera Award)

  • Homeboy – Eric Church
    Producer: Brandon Arolfo
    Director: Peter Zavadil
  • Just A Kiss – Lady Antebellum
    Producer: Don Lepore
    Director: Shaun Silva
  • Mean – Taylor Swift
    Producer: Oualid Mouaness
    Director: Declan Whitebloom
  • Red Solo Cup – Toby Keith
    Producer: Mark Kalbfeld
    Director: Michael Salomon
  • Tattoos On This Town – Jason Aldean
    Producer: John Burke
    Director: Wes Edwards

 

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

  • Country Boy – Aaron Lewis Featuring George Jones & Charlie Daniels (R&J Records)
    Produced by: Aaron Lewis, James Stroud
  • Don’t You Wanna Stay – Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson (Broken Bow Records)
    Produced by: Michael Knox
  • Old Alabama – Brad Paisley Featuring Alabama (Arista Nashville)
    Produced by: Frank Rogers
  • Remind Me – Brad Paisley Duet With Carrie Underwood (Arista Nashville)
    Produced by: Frank Rogers
  • You And Tequila – Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter (BNA)
    Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

 

Off Camera Awards

Industry Awards

Casino of the Year

  • Agua Caliente Casino ‐ Rancho Mirage, CA
  • IP Casino ‐ Biloxi, MS
  • Island Resort Casino ‐ Harris, MI
  • Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino ‐ Las Vegas, NV
  • WinStar World Casino ‐ Thackerville, OK

 

Nightclub of the Year

  • Billy Bob’s Texas ‐ Ft. Worth, TX
  • Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace ‐ Bakersfield, CA
  • Grizzly Rose ‐ Denver, CO
  • Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill ‐ Minneapolis, MN
  • Wormy Dog ‐ Oklahoma City, OK

 

Venue of the Year

  • BOK Center ‐ Tulsa, OK
  • Bridgestone Arena ‐ Nashville, TN
  • First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre ‐ Chicago, IL
  • Jiffy Lube Live ‐ Bristow, VA
  • Sprint Center ‐ Kansas City, MO

 

Don Remo Talent Buyer of the Year

  • Ethan Hirsch ‐ Wilson Events
  • Jimmy Jay ‐ Jayson Promotions, Inc.
  • RJ Kaltenbach ‐ Klein’s Attractions
  • Gary Osier ‐ Gary Osier Presents
  • Huston Powell ‐ C3 Presents

 

Promoter of the Year

  • Ben Ferrell ‐ Varnell Enterprises, Inc.
  • Brad Garrett ‐ Police Productions
  • Brian O’Connell ‐ Live Nation
  • Glenn Smith ‐ Glenn & Linda Present
  • Ed Warm ‐ Joe’s Bar

 

Musician/Bandleader/Instrumentalist (MBI) Awards

Producer of the Year

  • Mark Bright
  • Buddy Cannon
  • Nathan Chapman
  • Jay Joyce
  • Frank Liddell

 

Audio Engineer of the Year

  • Jeff Balding
  • Derek Bason
  • John Kelton
  • Mills Logan
  • Justin Niebank

 

Bass Player of the Year

  • Mike Brignardello
  • Kevin “Swine” Grantt
  • Mark Hill
  • Michael Rhodes
  • Jimmy Lee Sloas

 

Percussionist/Drummer of the Year

  • Matt Chamberlain
  • Chad Cromwell
  • Shannon Forrest
  • Chris McHugh
  • Greg Morrow

 

Fiddle Player of the Year

  • Glen Duncan
  • Stuart Duncan
  • Larry Franklin
  • Joe Spivey
  • Jonathan Yudkin

 

Guitarist of the Year

  • J.T. Corenflos
  • Kenny Greenberg
  • Jay Joyce
  • Brent Mason
  • Adam Shoenfeld

 

Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year

  • Tony Harrell
  • John Hobbs
  • John Jarvis
  • Charlie Judge
  • Michael Rojas

 

Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year

  • Eric Darken
  • Aubrey Haynie
  • Ilya Toshinsky
  • John Willis
  • Jonathan Yudkin

 

Steel Guitar Player of the Year

  • Paul Franklin
  • Mike Johnson
  • Greg Leisz
  • Russ Pahl
  • Scotty Sanders

 

Radio Awards

On-Air Personality of the Year – National

  • Cody Alan – CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan
  • Kix Brooks – American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks
  • Crook and Chase – Crook and Chase Countdown
  • Lon Helton – CMT Country Countdown USA
  • Lia – The Lia Show

 

On-Air Personality of the Year – Major Market

  • Kelly Ford & Rider – KYGO-FM Denver, CO
  • Cledus T. Judd, Dave McKay, Veronica – WQYK-FM St. Petersburg, FL
  • Lisa Dent and Ramblin’ Ray – WUSN-FM Chicago, IL
  • Trish Biondo – WUSN-FM Chicago, IL
  • Edwards & Lee (Chuck Edwards & Linda Lee) – WYCD-FM Detroit, MI

 

On-Air Personality of the Year – Large Market

  • Randy Carroll & Jamie Martin – KAJA-FM San Antonio, TX
  • Dave O’Brien – WLHK-FM Indianapolis, IN
  • Mike, Marty and Janie – WQDR-FM Raleigh, NC
  • Bill Cody – WSM-AM Nashville, TN
  • Big Dave and Chelsie – WUBE-FM Cincinnati, OH

 

On-Air Personality of the Year – Medium Market

  • Steve & Geoff in the Morning – KUZZ AM/FM Bakersfield, CA
  • Cash and Carey (Natalie Cash and Jim Carey) – KWEN-FM Tulsa, OK
  • Tom & Becky – WBBS-FM Syracuse, NY
  • Roger, Tom & Melissa – WPCV-FM Lakeland, FL
  • Scott Wynn & Sue Wilson (Wynn and Wilson in the Morning) – WQMX-FM Akron, OH

 

On-Air Personality of the Year – Small Market

  • Scotty & Carissa in the Morning – KCLR-FM Columbia, MO
  • Bill Barrett, Tim Fox and Tracy Berry – KKNU-FM Eugene, OR
  • Philip Gibbons – WGSQ-FM Cookville, TN
  • Bearman and Ken in the Morning – WUSY-FM Chattanooga, TN
  • Brent Lane – WYCT-FM Pensacola, FL

 

Radio Station of the Year – Major Market

  • KUPL-FM Portland, OR
  • KYGO-FM Denver, CO
  • WQYK-FM St. Petersburg, FL
  • WXTU-FM Philadelphia, PA
  • WYCD-FM Detroit, MI

 

Radio Station of the Year – Large Market

  • KAJA-FM San Antonio, TX
  • WLHK-FM Indianapolis, IN
  • WQDR-FM Raleigh, NC
  • WUBE-FM Cincinnati, OH

 

Radio Station of the Year – Medium Market

  • KATM-FM Stockton, CA
  • KUZZ AM/FM Bakersfield, CA
  • WBBS FM Syracuse, NY
  • WYRK FM Buffalo, NY

 

Radio Station of the Year – Small Market

  • KCLR-FM Columbia, MO
  • KUAD-FM Windsor, CO
  • WUSY-FM Chattanooga, TN
  • WXFL-FM Florence, AL

IMPORTANT NOTE: Awards counts for artists reflect categories in which they have been recognized as individuals or as part of their duo or group. In some cases, an artist may receive more than one nomination which factors into their official count. For example, Kenny Chesney received two nominations in the Album of the Year category—one each as artist and producer—because that category recognizes both.

In addition, the Song of the Year category recognizes the artist, composer and publishing company as a nominee but does not recognize an individual as owner or partial owner of the publishing company.

Award recipients in each category are noted above parenthetically in the Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 47th 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 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers. Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music. For more information visit http://www.acmcountry.com/

Source: acmcountry.com
Graphics and photo credit to: acmcountry.com

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