Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum Top List of ACM Nominees

Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Taylor Swift, Eli Young Band, Grace Potter Also Get Multiple Nominations

Kenny Chesney led the pack when nominations for the 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced Thursday morning (Jan. 26). Other top nominees included Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Taylor Swift, the Eli Young Band and Grace Potter.

Chesney’s nominations include entertainer of the year, an award he has won four times since 2004, and male vocalist. With the ACM’s tally counting separate nominations for artists who also produce or co-produce their own recordings, he received two nominations each for album of the year (Hemingway’s Whiskey) and for the single record and vocal event categories for “You and Tequila,” his collaboration with Grace Potter. He’s also listed in the song of the year division for “You and Tequila,” the hit written by Matraca Berg and Deana Carter. All of Potter’s nominations stem from her recording with Chesney.

Aldean is nominated for six awards, including entertainer of the year and male vocalist. His My Kinda Party is up for album of the year, and his collaboration with Kelly Clarkson on “Don’t You Wanna Stay” is nominated for single record and vocal event of the year. His “Tattoos on This Town” is also nominated for video of the year.

Lady Antebellum reeled in five nominations, including vocal group of the year, an honor they’ve won the past two years. Band members Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood are also nominated for album of the year as artists and producers of Own the Night. They also received double nominations in the song and video of the year categories for “Just a Kiss.”

Paisley is up for four awards, including entertainer of the year and male vocalist. He received two nominations in the vocal event category for “Old Alabama” with Alabama and “Remind Me” with Carrie Underwood.

Keith’s three nominations resulted from “Red Solo Cup.” In addition to a video of the year nod, he received a double nomination as artist and producer in the single record of the year field.

Swift, the ACM’s reigning entertainer of the year, received her third consecutive nomination in the category. She also received nominations for female vocalist and video of the year for “Mean.”

The Eli Young Band garnered three nominations, including vocal group and record and song of the year for “Crazy Girl,” written by Liz Rose and Lee Brice.

Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert, Aaron Lewis, Blake Shelton, Chris Young, Clarkson and Underwood all received two nominations each.

The ACM nominees were revealed online via Facebook and Twitter during the ACM’s first-ever digital press conference. Reba McEntire, who will again co-host this year’s show with Blake Shelton, began the event with a video message before the nominations were read during video postings by Lionel Richie, Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls), Nancy O’Dell (Entertainment Tonight) and Michael Ausiello (TVLine.com).

Coinciding with activities surrounding the April 1 awards show, Richie will be honored during a taping of ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends in Concert, a CBS special scheduled to air later this year. CBS will air the ACM Awards live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Here’s a complete list of the artist nominations for the 47th annual ACM Awards:

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Chris Young

Female Vocalist
Sara Evans
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo
Love and Theft
Montgomery Gentry
Steel Magnolia
Sugarland
Thompson Square

Vocal Group
The Band Perry
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

Album of the Year
Chief
Eric Church
Producers: Arturo Buenahora Jr., Jay Joyce

Four the Record
Miranda Lambert
Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf

Hemingway’s Whiskey
Kenny Chesney
Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

My Kinda Party
Jason Aldean
Producer: Michael Knox

Own the Night
Lady Antebellum
Producers: Lady Antebellum, Paul Worley

Single Record of the Year
“Crazy Girl”
Eli Young Band
Producer: Mike Wrucke

“Don’t You Wanna Stay”
Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson
Producer: Michael Knox

“Red Solo Cup”
Toby Keith
Producer: Toby Keith

“Tomorrow”
Chris Young
Producer: James Stroud

“You and Tequila”
Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter
Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

Song of the Year
“Crazy Girl”
Eli Young Band
Composers: Lee Brice, Liz Rose

“Home”
Dierks Bentley
Composers: Brett Beavers, Dierks Bentley, Dan Wilson

“Just a Kiss”
Lady Antebellum
Composers: Dallas Davidson, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott

“Threaten Me With Heaven”
Vince Gill
Composers: Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Dillon O’Brian, Will Owsley

“You and Tequila”
Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter
Composers: Matraca Berg, Deana Carter

Video of the Year
“Homeboy”
Eric Church
Producer: Brandon Arolfo
Director: Peter Zavadil

“Just a Kiss”
Lady Antebellum
Producer: Don Lepore
Director: Shawn Silva

“Mean”
Taylor Swift
Producer: Oualid Mouaness
Director: Declan Whitebloom

“Red Solo Cup”
Toby Keith
Producer: Mark Kalbfeld
Director: Michael Salomon

“Tattoos on This Town”
Jason Aldean
Producer: John Burke
Director: Wes Edwards

Vocal Event
“Country Boy”
Aaron Lewis Featuring George Jones and Charlie Daniels
Producers: Aaron Lewis, James Stroud

“Don’t You Wanna Stay”
Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson
Producer: Michael Knox

“Old Alabama”
Brad Paisley Featuring Alabama
Producer: Frank Rogers

“Remind Me”
Brad Paisley Duet With Carrie Underwood
Producer: Frank Rogers

“You and Tequila”
Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter
Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney