Paisley’s Star Is Rising

Newcomer Racks Up Award Nominations

Brad Paisley’s life sure has changed in the last year. His debut album, Who Needs Pictures, has gone gold, he’s charted his first No. 1 single and he’s nominated four times at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards.

“I’m just totally flattered,” Paisley told country.com about his award nods. “It means a lot to me because ‘He Didn’t Have to Be’ has almost taken on a life of its own.”

“He Didn’t Have to Be” is the song that helped Paisley break through as a new artist. He wrote the tune with his friend Kelley Lovelace about Kelley’s stepson, McCain. The song is nominated for single, song and video of the year. Brad is also up for new male vocalist.

View the full interview here to find out which of the four awards Brad would most like to take home and hear why he thinks Kelley should wear dark pants to the awards show.