ACM Nominations: This One’s for the Guys

Alan Jackson Leads With Eight Nods

It’s a man’s world at the Academy of Country Music Awards this year, as Martina McBride is the only solo female artist nominated for a major award (aside from female vocalist). In almost every category — entertainer, new artist, single and song — the men dominate the category. McBride, though, did manage to get a nod in the video and album category — and, of course, female vocalist.

With a boost from “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” Alan Jackson scored the most nominations, with eight. Duet partner Jimmy Buffett also landed four nominations with the song, including single, song, vocal event and video. Jackson’s “Remember When” also earned nods in the single and song categories.

Brooks & Dunn and Toby Keith also landed five nominations each. They are both nominated in the entertainer of the year category along with Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Jackson. Keith Urban joins the four solo nominees in the male vocalist category.

With a dearth of new female artists, there is no category this year for new female vocalist. Instead, the top new artist category features five men — Dierks Bentley, Pat Green, Buddy Jewell, Josh Turner and Jimmy Wayne. In the vocal group category, it’s Alabama, Diamond Rio, Lonestar, Rascal Flatts and Trick Pony. Joining Brooks & Dunn in the vocal duo category are Montgomery Gentry, the Bellamy Brothers, the Warren Brothers and newcomers Blue County (“Good Little Girls”).

Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Patty Loveless, Shania Twain and McBride are nominated in the female vocalist category this year.

Randy Travis’ “Three Wooden Crosses” was nominated for single and song, and Chesney’s “There Goes My Life” earned a song nomination.

George Strait’s Honkytonkville, Toby Keith’s Shock ’n Y’all, Brad Paisley’s Mud on the Tires and Brooks & Dunn’s Red Dirt Road join McBride in the album category. Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” earned a video nod, along with McBride’s “Concrete Angel,” Paisley’s “Celebrity,” Keith’s “Beer for My Horses” and Jackson and Buffett’s “It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere.”

Pop stars James Taylor and Huey Lewis earned nominations in the vocal event category for their collaborations with Alison Krauss and Phil Vassar, respectively. Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris also landed one with “Young Man’s Town,” as did Tracy Byrd, Andy Griggs, Blake Shelton and Montgomery Gentry for “The Truth About Men.”

McBride, Paisley and Charlie Daniels are also finalists for the Academy of Country Music/Home Depot Humanitarian Award. The fan-voted honor recognizes an artist who is “committed to serving others, has a generosity of spirit and a dedication to helping build the dreams of those in need.” The winner receives a trophy designed by Tiffany & Co., and will have a community playground build in the city of their choice. Construction will be supervised by KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization that brings together volunteers to build playgrounds in one day.

Reba McEntire will host the ACM Awards on May 26, from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

39th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards Nominees

Entertainer of the Year
Brooks & Dunn
Kenny Chesney
Alan Jackson

Toby Keith

Tim McGraw

Top Male Vocalist
Kenny Chesney

Alan Jackson

Toby Keith

Tim McGraw
Keith Urban

Top Female Vocalist
Terri Clark
Sara Evans
Patty Loveless

Martina McBride

Shania Twain

Top New Artist
Dierks Bentley

Pat Green

Buddy Jewell

Josh Turner

Jimmy Wayne

Top Vocal Group
Diamond Rio


Rascal Flatts

Trick Pony

Top Vocal Duo
Blue County

Brooks & Dunn

Montgomery Gentry

The Bellamy Brothers

The Warren Brothers

Single Record of the Year
• “American Soldier” — Toby Keith

Producers: James Stroud, Toby Keith
Record Company: DreamWorks

• “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” — Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett

Producer: Keith Stegall
Record Company: Arista Nashville

• “Red Dirt Road” — Brooks & Dunn

Producers: Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Mark Wright
Record Company: Arista Nashville

• “Remember When” — Alan Jackson

Producer: Keith Stegall
Record Company: Arista Nashville

• “Three Wooden Crosses” — Randy Travis

Producer: Kyle Lehning
Record Company: Word-Curb, Warner Bros. Records

Song of the Year
• “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” — Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett

Composers: Jim Brown, Donald Rollins
Publishers: R. Joseph Publishing, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing (BMI)

• “Red Dirt Road” — Brooks & Dunn

Composers: Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn
Publishers: Buffalo Prairie Songs, Showbilly Music, Sony-ATV Tree Publishing (BMI)

• “Remember When” — Alan Jackson

Composer: Alan Jackson
Publishers: EMI April Music, Tri-Angels Music (ASCAP)

• “There Goes My Life” — Kenny Chesney

Composers: Wendell Mobley, Neil Thrasher
Publishers: Warner-Tamerlane Publishing (BMI)

• “Three Wooden Crosses” — Randy Travis

Composers: Douglas Johnson, Kim Williams
Publisher: Mike Curb Music, Sweet Radical Music (BMI)

Album of the Year
Honkytonkville — George Strait

Producers: George Strait, Tony Brown
Record Company: MCA Nashville

Martina — Martina McBride

Producers: Martina McBride, Paul Worley
Record Company: RCA Nashville

Mud on the Tires — Brad Paisley

Producer: Frank Rogers
Record Company: Arista Nashville

Red Dirt Road — Brooks & Dunn

Producers: Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Mark Wright
Record Company: Arista Nashville

Shock ’n Y’all — Toby Keith

Producers: James Stroud, Toby Keith
Record Company: DreamWorks

Vocal Event of the Year

“How’s the World Treating You” — James Taylor, Alison Krauss

Producer: Carl Jackson
Record Label: Universal South

• “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” — Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett

Producer: Keith Stegall
Record Label: Arista Nashville

• “The Truth About Men” — Tracy Byrd, Andy Griggs, Blake Shelton, Montgomery Gentry

Producer: Billy Joe Walker Jr.
Record Label: RCA Nashville

• “Working for a Living” — Phil Vassar, Huey Lewis

Producers: Byron Gallimore, Phil Vassar
Record Label: Arista Nashville

• “Young Man’s Town” — Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris

Producer: Vince Gill
Record Label: MCA Nashville

Video of the Year
• “Beer for My Horses” — Toby Keith

Producer: Mark Kalbfeld
Director: Michael Salomon

• “Celebrity” — Brad Paisley

Producers: Mark Kalbfeld, Peter Tilden
Director: Peter Zavadil

• “Concrete Angel” — Martina McBride

Producers: Steve Lamar, George Flanigen, Robert Deaton
Directors: George Flanigen, Robert Deaton

• “Hurt” — Johnny Cash

Producer: Aris McGarry
Director: Mark Romanek

• “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” — Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett

Producer: Lori Stonebraker
Director: Trey Fanjoy

In addition to the artist and producer nominations announced Wednesday (March 10), other industry-related nominations were revealed for the 39th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Due to time constraints, the following awards will not be featured during the CBS telecast from Las Vegas.

Radio Station of the Year
WUSY/Chattanooga, Tenn.

On-Air Personality of the Year
Cornbread With Pat James — KFDI/Wichita, Kans.
Tim & Willy — KNIX/Phoenix, Ariz.
Kelly, Jonathan & Mudflap — KYGO/Denver
J.D. Cannon — WFMS/Indianapolis
Jim, Deb & Kevin — WFMS/Indianapolis
Blair Garner — Syndicated

Producer of the Year
Tony Brown
Keith Stegall
James Stroud
Dann Huff
Brent Rowan

Audio Engineer of the Year
Billy Sherrill
Chuck Ainlay
Ben Fowler
Julian King
Steve Marcantonio

Jeff King
J.T. Corenflos
Larry Beaird
Bryan Sutton
Brent Rowan

Gary Lunn
David Hungate
Jimmy Lee Sloas
Mike Brignardello
Michael Rhodes

Shannon Forrest
Paul Leim
Steve Turner
Greg Morrow
Eddie Bayers

Steel Guitar
Scott Sanders
Sonny Garrish
Dan Dugmore
Bruce Bouton
Paul Franklin

Tim Akers
Tony Harrell
John Hobbs
Gordon Mote
Steve Nathan

Aubrey Haynie
Rob Hajacos
Stuart Duncan
Glenn Duncan
Jonathan Yudkin

Specialty Instrument
Eric Darken
Jim Horn
Terry McMillan
Kirk “Jelly Roll” Johnson
Russ Pahl

Nightclub of the Year
Billy Bob’s — Fort Worth, Texas
Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace — Bakersfield, Calif.
Far West Rodeo — San Antonio, Texas
Grizzy Rose — Denver
The Trap — Nashville

Casino of the Year
Ameristar Casino — Kansas City, Mo.
Boulder Station Casino — Las Vegas, Nev.
Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino — Uncasville, Conn.
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort — Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
Turning Stone Casino — Verona, N.Y.

Don Romeo Talent Buyer/Promoter of the Year
Todd Boltin (Variety Attractions, Zanesville, Ohio)
Rich Mischell (Mischell Productions, Okeana, Ohio)
Brian O’Connell (Clear Channel Entertainment, Nashville)
Fran Romeo (TBA Entertainment, Crescent, Iowa and Omaha, Neb.)
Suzanne Wilson (Wilson Events, Petaluma, Calif.)