ACM Releases List of Award Eligibles

Travis Tritt could win as many as nine Academy of Country Music Awards this year, while Brooks & Dunn , Toby Keith and Tim McGraw could land eight apiece if they prevail in polling. Winners will be announced May 21 in Los Angeles.

The preliminary ballot for the 37th annual awards, presented by the Hollywood-based ACM, was made public Thursday (Jan. 24). Actual nominations in 15 categories will be announced the week of March 11 during a press conference in Los Angeles.

Tritt earned mentions in seven categories. Since he is co-producer of his album, Down the Road, and his single, “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive,” he would pick up two awards each, should those works win. The same rule applies for Brooks & Dunn, Keith and McGraw, all co-producers of their recordings. Kix Brooks has an additional entry as co-writer of B&D’s “Only in America.”

Alan Jackson ’s “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” qualifies for an industry award for the first time. The Sept. 11-inspired chart topper is in the running for single and song of the year. If voted song of the year, it would bring Jackson two awards as artist and songwriter. Jackson has six mentions overall on the qualifying list.

Tammy Cochran ’s name appears on the ballot five times; Garth Brooks , Lonestar , Kenny Chesney , George Strait , Cyndi Thomson , Aaron Tippin and Trisha Yearwood have four mentions.

The O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack has two entries, for album of the year and vocal event of the year (for “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow”).

CBS will broadcast The 37th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, 8-11 p.m. ET/PT on May 21, from the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

Preliminary Ballot