Faith Hill Leads ACM Pack

The Academy of Country Music revealed a lot of Faith on Monday as the organization announced the final ballot for its 34th annual ACM Awards.

Faith Hill, leading the pack of nominees, picked up a half-dozen nods, with citations for Top Female Vocalist, Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Country Video of the Year and Top Vocal Event of the Year. The singer picked up additional recognition in some of those same categories for her work as producer.

Jo Dee Messina, who nabbed three nominations, announced the nominees with Kenny Chesney from Universal Studios Hollywood.

The winners will be announced during ceremonies at the Universal Amphitheatre in Southern California. The Academy of Country Music Awards, produced by dick clark productions, will air as a prime time special on the CBS Television Network on Wednesday, May 5. This year’s gala event will again feature performances from a host of country music’s brightest stars. Portions of the three-hour telecast, featuring performances by newcomer nominees, will emanate from Universal Studios Escape in Orlando, Florida.

Garth Brooks, Steve Wariner and Brooks & Dunn each followed Hill with four nominations. The Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Shania Twain and The Wilkinsons joined Messina with three nods apiece. Vince Gill, Sawyer Brown and Mark Wills were each recognized in two fields. More than 20 other artists received single bids.

The following are the final nominees in the 12 categories of the awards which will be presented during the television broadcast:

Entertainer of the Year

Garth Brooks
Brooks & Dunn
Tim McGraw
George Strait
Shania Twain

Top Male Vocalist

Garth Brooks
Vince Gill
Tim McGraw
Collin Raye
George Strait

Top Female Vocalist

Faith Hill
Martina McBride
Jo Dee Messina
Shania Twain
Trisha Yearwood

Top New Male Vocalist

Deryl Dodd
David Kersh
Mark Wills

Top New Female Vocalist

SherriƩ Austin
Jo Dee Messina
Allison Moorer

Top Vocal Duet or Group of the Year

Brooks & Dunn
Dixie Chicks
Sawyer Brown
The Wilkinsons

Top New Vocal Duet or Group

Dixie Chicks
The Warren Brothers
The Wilkinsons

Top Vocal Event of the Year
(Awards presented to artists and producers)

“Burnin’ The Roadhouse Down”
Artists: Steve Wariner and Garth Brooks
Producer: Steve Wariner
“If You See Him/If You See Her”
Artists: Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire
Producers: Tony Brown and Tim DuBois
“Just To Hear You Say That You Love Me”
Artists: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
Producers: Dann Huff, Faith Hill
“No Place That Far”
Artists: Sara Evans and Vince Gill
Producers: Norro Wilson, Buddy Cannon
“Same Old Train”
Artists: Clint Black, Joe Diffie, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless, Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Pam Tillis, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, Dwight Yoakam
Producer: Marty Stuart

Album of the Year
(Awards presented to artists, producers and record label)

Double Live — Garth Brooks
Producer: Allen Reynolds
Record Label: Capitol Nashville
Faith — Faith Hill
Producers: Dann Huff, Byron Gallimore, Faith Hill
Record Label: Warner Bros.
I’m Alright — Jo Dee Messina
Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw
Record Label: Curb
One Step At A Time — George Strait
Producers: Tony Brown, George Strait
Record Label: MCA Nashville
Wide Open Spaces — Dixie Chicks
Producers: Paul Worley, Blake Chancey
Record Label: Monument

Single Record of the Year
(Awards presented to artists, producers and record label)

“A Broken Wing” — Martina McBride
Producers: Martina McBride, Paul Worley
Record Label: RCA
“Holes In The Floor Of Heaven” — Steve Wariner
Producer: Steve Wariner
Record Label: Capitol Nashville
“This Kiss” — Faith Hill
Producers: Byron Gallimore, Faith Hill
Record Label: Warner Bros.
“26 Cents” — The Wilkinsons
Producers: Tony Haselden, Russ Zavitson, Doug Johnson
Record Label: Giant
“You’re Still The One” — Shania Twain
Producer: Robert John “Mutt” Lange
Record Label: Mercury

Song of the Year
(Awards presented to artists, composers and publishers)

“A Broken Wing” — Martina McBride
Composers: James House, Sam Hogin, Phil Barnhart
Publishers: Sony, ATV Songs LLC dba Tree Publishing Co., Sam’s Jammin’ Songs, Suffer In Silence Music (BMI)
“Don’t Laugh At Me” — Mark Wills
Composers: Allen Shamblin, Steve Seskin
Publishers: Built On Rock Music, David Aaron Music, Love This Town Music (ASCAP)
“Holes In The Floor of Heaven” — Steve Wariner
Composers: Steve Wariner, Billy Kirsch
Publishers: Hamstein Cumberland Music, Kidjulie Music Inc., Steve Wariner Music Inc. (BMI)
“Husbands and Wives” — Brooks & Dunn
Composer: Roger Miller
Publishers: Sony, ATV Songs LLC dba Tree Publishing Co. (BMI)
“This Kiss” — Faith Hill
Composers: Beth Nielsen Chapman, Robin Lerner, Annie Roboff
Publishers: Puckalesia Songs, Nomad-Noman Music, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), Almo Music Corp., Anwa Music, BNC Songs (ASCAP)

Country Video of the Year
(Awards presented to artists, producers and directors)

“Drive Me Wild” — Sawyer Brown
Producer: Mark Kalbfeld
Director: Michael Salomon
“Getcha Some” — Toby Keith
Producer: Kimberly Lansing
Director: Michael Salomon
“Holes In The Floor Of Heaven” — Steve Wariner
Producer: David Pritchard
Director: Michael Salomon
“I’ll Go On Loving You” — Alan Jackson
Producers: Susan Bowman, Tamara Brooks
Director: Steven Goldmann
“This Kiss” — Faith Hill
Producer: Susan Bowman
Director: Steven Goldmann

Instrumentalist of the Year – Drums

Eddie Bayers
Lonnie Wilson
Dony Wynn

Instrumentalist of the Year – Fiddle

Stuart Duncan
Larry Franklin
Jimmy Stewart

Instrumentalist of the Year – Keyboard

John Hobbs
Steve Nathan
Matt Rollings
Dwain Rowe

Instrumentalist of the Year – Steel Guitar

Paul Franklin
John Hughey
Troy Klontz

Instrumentalist of the Year – Bass

Danny Milliner
Michael Rhodes
Glenn Worf

Instrumentalist of the Year – Guitar

Charlie Crowe
Brent Mason
Brent Rowan

Instrumentalist of the Year – Specialty Instrument

Jerry Douglas – Dobro
Emily Erwin – Banjo
Jellyroll Johnson – Harmonica
Terry McMillan – Harmonica/Percussion

Also to be presented this year are five awards, the winners of which will be announced about two weeks prior to the telecast. The nominees in these categories are:
Radio Station

KEEY-FM, Minneapolis, MN
KILT-FM, Houston, TX
KMLE-FM, Phoenix, AZ
KNIX-FM, Phoenix, AZ
WKHK-FM, Atlanta, GA
WSIX-FM, Nashville, TN

Country Nightclub

Billy Bob’s, Ft. Worth, TX
Cowboys’, Atlanta, GA
Coyote’s Club, Louisville, KY
The Grizzly Rose, Denver, CO
Wildhorse Saloon, Nashville, TN

Disc Jockey

The Bear Man and Ken Kicks — WUSY-FM, Chattanooga, TN
Dale & Mary — KFKF-FM, Kansas City, MO
Holstead & Yates — KILT-FM, Houston, TX
David Hughes & Dexter — WUSY-FM, Chattanooga, TN
Moby — WKHZ-FM, Atlanta, GA

Talent Buyer/Promoter

Joe Gehl, The Gehl Corp., Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Jimmy Jay, Jayson Promotions, Inc., Nashville, TN
Brian O’Connell, Cellar Door Concerts, Washington, D.C.
Gary Osier, Gary Osier Presents, Ft. Worth, TX
Suzanne Wilson, Wilson Productions, Inc., Petaluma, CA


Boulder Station, Las Vegas, NV
Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, MS
Horseshoe Casino, Robinsonville, MS
Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, NV
Sam’s Town, Robinsonville, MS