Brad Paisley Scores Six ACM Nominations

Other Top Nominees Include Sugarland, Brooks & Dunn, Underwood, Rascal Flatts

Brad Paisley grabbed six nominations Wednesday morning (March 8) to become the top contender at the 41st annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The nominations were announced at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville by Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and Hannah Storm, co-host of CBS-TV’s The Early Show, live on the morning news show.

In addition to a top male vocalist nomination, Paisley’s Time Well Wasted is up for album of the year, and “Alcohol” is nominated for single of the year. Another of the album’s tracks — Paisley’s collaboration with Dolly Parton on “When I Get Where I’m Going” — is nominated for song, video and vocal event of the year. The song of the year nomination also goes to songwriters Rivers Rutherford and George Teren.

Sugarland chalked up nominations in five categories, and lead vocalist Jennifer Nettles picked up yet another mention in an additional category. Sugarland received nominations as top new duo or vocal group and top vocal group of the year. Their debut album, Twice the Speed of Life, is nominated for album of the year, and the album track “Baby Girl” is up for single and song of the year. Additionally, Nettles and Bon Jovi are nominated for vocal event of the year for “”Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” a track from Bon Jovi’s latest album.

Nominated for top vocal duo and entertainer of the year, Brooks & Dunn scored a total of five nominations. The other three resulted from “Believe,” which is nominated for single, song and video of the year.

Rascal Flatts and Underwood received four nominations each. Nominated for top female vocalist and top new female vocalist, Underwood’s recording of “Jesus, Take the Wheel” resulted in single and song of the year nominations. Rascal Flatts garnered top vocal group and entertainer of the year nominations along with an album of the year mention for Feels Like Today and a song of the year nod for “Skin (Sarabeth).”

The 2006 ACM Awards show takes place May 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It will be broadcast live on CBS.

Here’s a list of this year’s ACM nominees:

Entertainer of the Year
Brooks & Dunn
Kenny Chesney
Toby Keith
Rascal Flatts
Keith Urban

Top Male Vocalist
Dierks Bentley
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Keith Urban

Top Female Vocalist
Sara Evans
Martina McBride
Carrie Underwood
Gretchen Wilson
Lee Ann Womack

Top Vocal Group
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts

Top Vocal Duo
Big & Rich
Brooks & Dunn
Montgomery Gentry
Van Zant
The Warren Brothers

Top New Male Vocalist
Jason Aldean
Billy Currington
Craig Morgan

Top New Female Vocalist
Miranda Lambert
Julie Roberts
Carrie Underwood

Top New Duo or Vocal Group
Big & Rich
Little Big Town

Vocal Event of the Year
“I Play Chicken With the Train” — Cowboy Troy and Big & Rich
Producers: Big Kenny, John Rich and Paul Worley
Record Label: Warner Bros. Records / Raybaw

“Like We Never Loved at All” — Faith Hill With Tim McGraw
Producers: Faith Hill and Dann Huff
Record Label: Warner Bros. Records

“When I Get Where I’m Going” — Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton
Producers: Chris DuBois and Frank Rogers
Record Label: Arista Nashville

“Who Says You Can’t Go Home” — Bon Jovi With Jennifer Nettles
Producers: Jon Bon Jovi, Dann Huff, Richie Sambora and John Shanks
Record Label: The Island Def Jam Music Group

Song of the Year
“Baby Girl” — Sugarland
Writers: Kristian Bush, Kristen Hall, Jennifer Nettles, Lisa Simonton, Robert Hartley and Troy Bieser
Publishers: DirkPit Music (BMI), Greatergood Songs (ASCAP), Jennifer Nettles Publishing (ASCAP), Telegrammusic (ASCAP), Drumbum Music (ASCAP), Tremolo Blue (ASCAP), The World Asleep (ASCAP), Simonton Music (ASCAP)

“Believe” — Brooks & Dunn
Writers: Ronnie Dunn and Craig Wiseman
Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing Co. (BMI), Showbilly Music (BMI), Big Loud Shirt Industries (ASCAP)

“Jesus, Take the Wheel” — Carrie Underwood
Writers: Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordon Sampson
Publishers: Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing (ASCAP), Onaly Music/Raylene Music (ASCAP), No Such Music (SOCAN), Passing Stranger Music (ASCAP), 1609 Songs (ASCAP), Music of Windswept (ASCAP)

“Skin (Sarabeth)” — Rascal Flatts
Writers: Doug Johnson and Joe Henry
Publishers: Cool Hand Music 2004 (ASCAP), Mike Curb Music/Sweet Radical Music (BMI), Administered by Mike Curb Music c/o Karen Schauben Publishing Administration

“When I Get Where I’m Going” — Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton
Writers: Rivers Rutherford and George Teren
Publishers: Universal Music Corp. (ASCAP), Memphersfield Music (ASCAP), House of Full Circle Music Publishing (BMI)

Single Record of the Year
“Alcohol” — Brad Paisley
Producers: Chris DuBois and Frank Rogers
Record Label: Arista Nashville

“Baby Girl” — Sugarland
Producer: Garth Fundis
Record Label: Mercury Records

“Believe” — Brooks & Dunn
Producers: Tony Brown, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn
Record Label: Arista Nashville

“Best I Ever Had” — Gary Allan
Producers: Gary Allan and Mark Wright
Record Label: MCA Nashville

“Jesus, Take the Wheel” — Carrie Underwood
Producer: Mark Bright
Record Label: Arista

Album of the Year
Feels Like Today — Rascal Flatts
Producers: Mark Bright, Rascal Flatts and Marty Williams
Record Label: Lyric Street Records

There’s More Where That Came From — Lee Ann Womack
Producers: Greg Droman and Byron Gallimore
Record Label: MCA Nashville

Time Well Wasted — Brad Paisley
Producers: Chris DuBois and Frank Rogers
Record Label: Arista Nashville

Tough All Over — Gary Allan
Producers: Gary Allan and Mark Wright
Record Label: MCA Nashville

Twice the Speed of Life — Sugarland
Producer: Garth Fundis
Record Label: Mercury Records

Video of the Year
“As Good as I Once Was” –Toby Keith
Producer: Mark Kalbfeld
Director: Michael Salomon

“Believe” — Brooks & Dunn
Producer: Steve Lamar
Directors: Robert Deaton and George Flanigen

“I May Hate Myself in the Morning” — Lee Ann Womack
Producer: Ivy Dane
Director: Trey Fanjoy

“Kerosene” — Miranda Lambert
Producer: Holly Millar
Director: Trey Fanjoy

“When I Get Where I’m Going” — Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton
Producers: Mark Kalbfeld and Peter Tilden
Director: Jim Shea

Producer of the Year
Mark Bright
Buddy Cannon
Byron Gallimore
Dann Huff
Frank Rogers

Audio Engineer of the Year
Chuck Ainlay
Julian King
Steve Marcantonio
Justin Niebank
Gary Paczoza

Top Bass Player of the Year
Mike Brignardello
David Hungate
Larry Paxton
Michael Rhodes
Jimmy Lee Sloas

Top Percussionist/Drummer of the Year
Steve Brewster
Chad Cromwell
Shannon Forrest
Paul Leim
Greg Morrow

Top Fiddle Player of the Year
Glen Duncan

Larry Franklin
Rob Hajacos
Aubrey Haynie
Jonathan Yudkin

Top Guitar Player of the Year
Richard Bennett
Pat Buchanan
Tom Bukovac
J.T. Corenflos
Kenny Greenberg

Top Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year
Jim Brown
Gordon Mote
Michael Omartian
Mike Rojas
Reese Wynans

Top Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year
Eric Darken
Jim Hoke
Jim Horn
Rob Ickes
Bryan Sutton

Top Steel Guitar Player of the Year
Paul Franklin
Sonny Garrish
John Hughey
Mike Johnson
Russ Pahl

Radio Station of the Year — Major Market
KNIX Phoenix
KYGO Denver
WFMS Indianapolis
WPOC Baltimore
WUSN Chicago

Radio Station of the Year — Medium Market
KIZN Boise, Idaho
KTTS Springfield, Mo.
WBBS Syracuse, N.Y.
WGNA Schenectady, N.Y.
WUSY Chattanooga, Tenn.

Radio Station of the Year — Small Market
WGSQ Cookeville, Tenn.
WIXY Champaign, Ill.
WPAP Panama City, Fla.
WTCR Huntington, W.Va.
WYCT Pensacola, Fla.

On-Air Personality of the Year — National
Jon Anthony — Highway 16 (XM Radio)
Blair Garner — After MidNite
Lia Knight — (Jones Radio Networks)
Darren Tandy — Thee Country Station (Superadio Network)
Danny Wright — All Night (Jones Radio Network)

On-Air Personality of the Year — Major Market
JD Cannon — WFMS Indianapolis
Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt & Kevin Freeman — WFMS Indianapolis
Lisa Dent — WUSN Chicago
Gerry House & the House Foundation — WSIX Nashville
Kelly, Jonathan & Mudflap — KYGO Denver

On-Air Personality of the Year — Medium Market
Bill Barrett, Tim Fox & Tracy Berry — KKNU Eugene, Ore.
Mark Ericson & Danielle Carrier — WOKQ Dover, N.H.
Gunner — WIVK Knoxville, Tenn.
Scott Innes — WYNK Baton Rouge, La.
Buzz Jackson — KIIM Tuscon, Ariz.

On-Air Personality of the Year — Small Market
Becky Austin & Brad Austin — KLUR Wichita Falls, Texas
Buddy Baron & Allyson Scott — WBBN Laurel, Miss.
Carrie & Uncle — KCLR Columbia, Mo.
Marty McFly & Stew James — WGSQ Cookeville, Tenn.
Scott Schuler & Angie Foster — KRKT Albany, Ore.

Venue of the Year
Ameristar Casino — Kansas City, Mo.
Casino Rama Resort — Orilla, Ontario
Mohegan Sun Casino — Uncasville, Conn.
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort — Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
Turning Stone Casino — Verona, N.Y.

Nightclub of the Year
8 Seconds — Indianapolis
Billy Bob’s — Fort Worth, Texas
Cowboy’s — Atlanta
Coyote’s — Louisville, Ky.
Grizzly Rose — Denver
Joe’s Bar — Chicago

Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year
Brad Combs — Meridian Entertainment
Gary Osier — Gary Osier Presents
Terrye Seigel — Terrye Seigel Productions
David Snowden — Triangle Talent, Inc.
Suzanne Wilson — Wilson Events, Inc.

Promoter of the Year
Ben Farrell — Varnell Enterprises
Brad Garrett — Police Productions
Gary Marx — Game Inc.
Louis Messina — The Messina Group
Mike Smardak — Outback Concerts of Tenn., Inc.

Calvin Gilbert has served as’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.