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Kenny Chesney Leads List of 2012 ACM Awards Nominees

Posted in News on January 30, 2012
Kenny Chesney hits the stage to receive an award for “Somewhere with You” during the 2011 BMI Country Awards, held November 8 in Nashville.
Kenny Chesney hits the stage to receive an award for “Somewhere with You” during the 2011 BMI Country Awards, held November 8 in Nashville.

BMI songwriters and artists overwhelmingly dominate the list of 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards nominees, announced Thursday, January 26. BMI has historically represented the majority of country music’s leaders – from Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Porter Wagoner, to Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard – and a review of the 2012 nominees proves that legacy defines modern country music as well.

With nine nominations, Kenny Chesney pulled ahead of the elite pack. Along with Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year, Chesney’s work earned nods Album, Song and Single of the Year categories, as well as the collaborative Vocal Event of the Year field.

Jason Aldean follows with six nominations, which also include Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album and Single of the Year. Lady Antebellum scored five nods – the most of any group. Taylor Swift earned three nominations, including her third consecutive tap for Entertainer of the Year. Swift is the only woman vying for the top prize, which she took home last year.

The Songwriter of the Year field is stacked with BMI hit-makers: Luke Laird, Dallas Davidson and Rhett Akins.

Toby Keith is also up for three trophies. Keith’s “Red Solo Cup” claimed nods for Single and Video of the Year. The Eli Young Band also earned an impressive trio of nods. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Vince Gill and Carrie Underwood all scored two nominations each. Shelton will also serve as co-host for the second consecutive year.

Fans will vote to determine the Entertainer of the Year, as well as the New Artist of the Year. Winners of the 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be announced on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8 p.m. EST in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on CBS. For more information, visit acmcountry.com.

2012 ACM Awards
BMI Nominees*

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist of the Year
Sara Evans
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year
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

Best New Artist
Hunter Hayes
Brantley Gilbert

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)

Hemingway’s Whiskey – Kenny Chesney (BNA)
co-produced by Kenny Chesney

My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean (Broken Bow Records)

Own the Night– Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records Nashville)
Co-produced by: Lady Antebellum

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 (Broken Bow Records)

“Red Solo Cup” – Toby Keith (Show Dog-Universal Music)
Produced by: Toby Keith

“Tomorrow”
Produced by: James Stroud

“You And Tequila” – Kenny Chesney (BNA)
Co-produced by: 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”
Composer: Brett Beavers
Publishers: Chestnut Barn Music (BMI), Chrysalis One Songs (BMI)

“Just A Kiss” – Lady Antebellum
Composers: Dallas Davidson, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley
Publishers: Dwhaywood Music (BMI), EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI), Radiobulletspublishing (BMI), String Stretcher Music (BMI) Warner-Tamberlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)

“Threaten Me With Heaven” – Vince Gill
Composers: Vince Gill and Dillon O’Brian
Publishers: Vinny Mae Music (BMI)

“You and Tequila” – Kenny Chesney
Composer: Matraca Berg
PublishersHannaberg Music (BMI), Songs of Universal Inc., (BMI)

Songwriter of the Year
Rhett Akins
Dallas Davidson
Luke Laird

Video of the Year (Award to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s))
“Homeboy” – Eric Church

“Just a Kiss” – Lady Antebellum

“Mean” – Taylor Swift

“Red Solo Cup” – Toby Keith

“Tattoos on This Town” – Jason Aldean

Vocal Event of the Year (Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company)
“Country Boy” –Featuring George Jones & Charlie Daniels (R&J Records)
Co-produced by: James Stroud

“Don’t You Wanna Stay” – Jason Aldean (Broken Bow Records)

“Old Alabama” –Featuring Alabama (Arista Nashville)

“Remind Me” – Carrie Underwood (Arista Nashville)

“You And Tequila – Kenny Chesney (BNA)
Co-produced by: Kenny Chesney