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2009 ACM AWARDS   -  WINNERS

The Academy of Country Music recognizes the best in country music and the top musicians, venues, radio stations, personalities and more that support the genre. Below are the winners and nominees for the 44th annual ACM Awards and the current and past winners of the The ACM/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award. Created in 2002, it honors an artist or group in the country music industry whose generosity and commitment to serving others has consistently helped those in need. These philanthropic efforts include the giving of one's talent and time while inspiring others to follow in their example.

Top New Male Artist

Top New Vocal Duo or Group

Top Album of the Year

Jamey Johnson <i>That Lonesome Song</i> Montgomery Gentry <i>Back When I knew It All</i> George Strait <i>Troubadour</i> Taylor Swift <i>Fearless</i> Carrie Underwood <i>Carnival Ride</i>
That Lonesome Song
Jamey Johnson
Back When I Knew It All
Montgomery Gentry
Troubadour
George Strait
Fearless
Taylor Swift
Carnival Ride
Carrie Underwood

On-Air Personality of the Year - National

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

On-Air Personality of the Year - Major Market

Cliff & Company: Cliff, Morgan, Tanner and Tori
KSON-FM - San Diego
The Cornbread Show featuring Cornbread, Pat James, Producer Annie, Captain Douglas and Father Harry Shroeder
WIL-FM - St. Louis
Dorsey Gang
KSCS-FM - Dallas
Kelly Ford & Mudflap McGrew with Ed Greene
KYGO-FM - Denver

KEEY-FM - Minneapolis

On-Air Personality of the Year - Large Market

JD Cannon
WFMS-FM - Indianapolis
Chris Carr & Amanda Orlando
WUBE-FM - Cincinnati
Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt & Kevin Freeman
WFMS-FM - Indianapolis
Karen, Scott & Radar - The Moo Crew
WMIL-FM - Milwaukee
Jeff Roper & Angie Ward
WTQR-FM - Greensboro, N.C.

On-Air Personality of the Year - Medium Market

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

On-Air Personality of the Year - Small Market

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

Radio Station of the Year - Major Market

KMPS - Seattle KYGO - Denver WKLB - Boston WQYK - Tampa Bay, Fla. WSOC - Charlotte, N.C.

Radio Station of the Year - Large Market

WFMS - Indianapolis WMIL - Milwaukee WQDR - Raleigh, N.C. WSIX - Nashville WUBE - Cincinnati

Radio Station of the Year - Medium Market

KFDI - Wichita, Kan. KUZZ - Bakersfield, Calif. WGNA - Albany, N.Y. WIVK - Knoxville, Tenn. WYRK - Buffalo, N.Y.

Radio Station of the Year - Small Market

WFYR - Peoria, Ill. WKXC - Augusta, Ga. WXCL - Peoria, Ill. WXXQ - Rockford, Ill. WYCT - Pensacola, Fla.

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

Eddie Bayers Chad Cromwell Paul Leim Greg Morrow Lonnie Wilson

Top Fiddle Player of the Year

Larry Franklin Rob Hajacos Aubrey Haynie Jonathan Yudkin

Top Guitarist of the Year

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

Top Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year

Tony Harrell John Hobbs John Jarvis Gordon Mote Steve Nathan

Top Speciality Instrument(s) Player of the Year

Top Steel Guitar Player of the Year

Bruce Bouton Dan Dugmore Steve Hinson Mike Johnson Russ Pahl

Venue of the Year

DTE Energy Music Theatre - Clarkston, Mich. Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion - Gilford, N.H. The Ryman Auditoriun - Nashville Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek - Raleigh, N.C. Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre - Virginia Beach, Va.

Nightclub of the Year

Buck Owens' Crystal Palace - Bakersfield, Calif. Coyote Joe's - Charlotte, N.C. Joe's Bar - Chicago The Grizzly Rose - Denver Wild Bill's - Duluth, Ga.

Casino of the Year

Casino Rama - Orillia, Ontario Chumash Casino - Santa Ynez, Calif. Mystic Lake - Minneapolis The Peppermill Resorts at Wendover - West Wendover, Nev. Turning Stone Casino - Verona, N.Y.

Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year

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

Promoter of the Year

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

Entertainer of the Year

Top Male Vocalist

Top Female Vocalist

Top Vocal Group

Top Vocal Duo

Top New Artist

Top New Male Artist

Top New Female Artist

Top New Vocal Duo or Group

Single Record of the Year

Top Album of the Year

Taylor Swift <i>Fearless</i>Fearless
Taylor Swift

Song of the Year

Vocal Event of the Year

On-Air Personality of the Year - National

Lon Helton - Country Countdown USA

On-Air Personality of the Year - Major Market

Dorsey Gang

On-Air Personality of the Year - Large Market

JD Cannon

On-Air Personality of the Year - Medium Market

Andy Ritchie, Alison West, Jimmy Holt

On-Air Personality of the Year - Small Market

Brent Lane and Dana Cervantes

Radio Station of the Year - Major Market

WSOC - Charlotte, N.C.

Radio Station of the Year - Large Market

WSIX - Nashville

Radio Station of the Year - Medium Market

WIVK - Knoxville, Tenn.

Radio Station of the Year - Small Market

WYCT - Pensacola, Fla.

Producer of the Year

Audio Engineer of the Year

Chuck Ainlay

Top Bass Player of the Year

Glenn Worf

Top Percussionist/Drummer of the Year

Greg Morrow

Top Fiddle Player of the Year

Top Guitarist of the Year

Tom Bukovac

Top Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year

Top Speciality Instrument(s) Player of the Year

Top Steel Guitar Player of the Year

Dan Dugmore

Venue of the Year

The Ryman Auditoriun - Nashville

Nightclub of the Year

Joe's Bar - Chicago

Casino of the Year

Turning Stone Casino - Verona, N.Y.

Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year

Fran Romeo - Romeo Entertainment

Promoter of the Year

Louis Messina - The Messina Group
LeAnn Rimes
2009 Recipient: LeAnn Rimes
The powerful vocals of LeAnn Rimes have made her an international superstar, selling more than 37 million albums and winning numerous awards including ACM awards, Grammys and more. But the famed singer-songwriter has made philanthropy a priority in her career. Rimes served as the international spokesperson for Children's Miracle Network, which secures medical care for sick kids. She's also been involved in the lives of veterans by supporting Camp C.O.P.E., an organization that teaches kids of wounded veterans how to adjust to changes in their families. The star also generously donated the royalties from her hit, "I Need You," to finance the LeAnn Rimes Adventure Gym at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville. Currently, Rimes is preparing to lobby Congress for awareness of psoriases, a skin condition which afflicts her and 7.5 million Americans.
Rascal Flatts
2008 Recipient: Rascal Flatts
Rascal Flatts, the multi-platinum selling vocal group, is a major sponsor of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville. The nonprofit teaching and research hospital is ranked one of the 10 best children's hospitals and offers services to more than 100,000 patients a year. Rascal Flatts have donated more then $2.2 million to the hospital and have performed concerts and hosted parties for the patients and staff. The group is also involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Red Cross National celebrity cabinet.
Brooks & Dunn
2007 Recipient: Brooks & Dunn
The brilliantly combined talents of Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks have solidified the duo as one of the best in country music. Their powerful performances and innovative stage shows have earned them fans for over a decade. And their generosity has become as far-reaching as their extensive annual tours. Books & Dunn have helped those displaced by Hurricane Katrina, assisted Habitat for Humanity, supported the kids of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and continue to be involved in several other charities.
Vince Gill
2006 Recipient: Vince Gill
Grammy award-winning artist Vince Gill is known for his generous spirit and grateful heart. Throughout his career, Gill's concerts have supported local charities, and he's lent his time and talent to causes such as homelessness, hunger, environmental protection and humane treatment of animals. His passion for golf inspired his annual pro-celebrity golf tournament, the Vinny, which raises money for junior golf programs in Tennessee.
Vince Gill
2005 Recipient: Neal McCoy
Nobody puts on a show like multi-platinum dynamo Neal McCoy. And the star pours just as much energy into the numerous causes he supports. McCoy founded and has helped raise over $3 million for the East Texas Angel Network which supports families of children living with terminal or life-threatening illnesses. But McCoy isn't content to stay in his own back yard. He's performed around the world as part of several USO tours, visiting military hospitals on bases in Iraq, Kuwait, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bosnia, Oman and UAE.
Martina McBride
2004 Recipient: Martina McBride
Martina McBride is renowned for her unwavering commitment to human rights, and her efforts to prevent domestic violence has changed the lives of many people for the last decade. As the spokesperson for the National Network to End Domestic Violence and national spokesperson for the Tulsa Domestic Violence and Intervention Services, McBride has dedicated herself to the plight of women and children in emotional and physically abusive relationships. Her devotion to many charitable causes and her dedication to helping others has not only changed lives but given a message of hope to countless individuals.
Lonestar
2003 Recipient: Lonestar
Lonestar have earned recognition for their support and contributions to the American Red Cross. They served as spokespeople for the hurricane awareness and disaster preparedness campaigns. They are members of the first-ever national celebrity cabinet and were ambassadors at the respite center at ground zero following the tragedy of 9/11. As fathers, the band is also committed to the efforts of St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Reba McEntire
2002 Recipient: Reba McEntire
Throughout her career, Reba McEntire has contributed her time and talent to numerous causes. Her efforts with the Texoma Medical Center have built the medical facilities and the Reba Ranch House for families of hospital patients. McEntire recorded and donated the proceeds from her single, "What If," to the Salvation Army, funded the first all-female-built house for Habitat for Humanity in Nashville and hosted the Ben Johnson Celebrity Charity Rodeo for the Oklahoma Children's Hospital. McEntire continues to work as national spokeswoman for First Book, an organization dedicated to providing needy children with books of their own and promoting reading interaction between adults and kids.