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Tim McGraw Leads ACM Nominees
Other Big Nominees Include Chesney, Krauss, Wilson, Keith, Paisley and Urban
With mentions in six categories, Tim McGraw is the top nominee in the 40th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. ACM entertainer of the year nominee Toby Keith read the nominations during a Thursday morning (March 3) press conference at Nashville's Renaissance Hotel.

Joining McGraw and Keith as top nominees for the May 17 awards show in Las Vegas are Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss, Gretchen Wilson, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban.

McGraw is nominated for entertainer and male vocalist of the year. His Live Like You Were Dying project got an album of the year nomination, and the title track resulted in nominations for single, video and song of the year. ACM song of the year honors are presented to songwriters, publishing company and artists. "Live Like You Were Dying" was written by Craig Wiseman and Tim Nichols.

Chesney, Krauss and Wilson scored five nominations each. Keith, Paisley and Urban notched four, and Big & Rich, Rascal Flatts and Lee Ann Womack received three.

In addition to McGraw and Keith, the other entertainer of the year nominees are Brooks & Dunn, Chesney and Urban. Male vocalist nominations also went to Alan Jackson, Chesney, Keith, McGraw and Urban. Newcomer Gretchen Wilson made her way to the female vocalist list that also includes Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Martina McBride and Womack.

Wilson and Big & Rich are nominated for top new artist in a category that includes Josh Gracin, Julie Roberts and Josh Turner.

This year's Home Depot Humanitarian Award nominees are Diamond Rio, Neal McCoy and Paisley. Online voting is already underway for the fan-voted honor.

The ACM Awards show at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino will be broadcast live on CBS-TV.

40th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards Nominees

Entertainer of the Year

Brooks & Dunn

Kenny Chesney

Toby Keith

Tim McGraw

Keith Urban

Top Vocal Group

Alison Krauss & Union Station

Diamond Rio

Lonestar

Rascal Flatts

The Notorious Cherry Bombs

Top New Artist

Big & Rich

Josh Gracin

Julie Roberts

Josh Turner

Gretchen Wilson

Top Vocal Duo

Big & Rich

Blue County

Brooks & Dunn

Montgomery Gentry

The Warren Brothers

Top Female Vocalist

Terri Clark

Sara Evans

Martina McBride

Gretchen Wilson

Lee Ann Womack

Top Male Vocalist

Kenny Chesney

Alan Jackson

Toby Keith

Tim McGraw

Keith Urban

Video of the Year

"Girls Lie Too" --Terri Clark

Producer: Robin Rucker

Director: Shaun Silva

"Live Like You Were Dying" -- Tim McGraw

Producer: Sherman Halsey

Director: Sherman Halsey

"Redneck Woman" -- Gretchen Wilson

Producer: Anastasia Spencer

Director: David Hogan

"Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" -- Big & Rich

Producers: Robert Deaton, George Flanigen, Marc Oswald and Steve Lamar

Director: David Hogan

"Whiskey Lullaby" -- Brad Paisley Featuring Alison Krauss

Producer: Don Lepore

Director: Rick Schroder

Vocal Event of the Year

"Creepin' In" -- Norah Jones and Dolly Parton

Producers: Arif Mardin and Norah Jones

Record Label: Blue Note/Capitol Records Nashville

"Hey Good Lookin'" -- Jimmy Buffet with Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith and George Strait

Producers: Michael Utley and Mac MacAnally

Record Label: The RCA Records Label Nashville

"Party for Two" -- Shania Twain with Billy Currington

Producer: Robert "Mutt" Lange

Record Label: Mercury Records

"When the Sun Goes Down" -- Kenny Chesney with Uncle Kracker

Producers: Buddy Cannon and Kenny Chesney

Record Label: BNA Records

"Whiskey Lullaby" -- Brad Paisley Featuring Alison Krauss

Producer: Frank Rogers

Record Label: Arista Nashville

Song of the Year

"American Soldier" -- Toby Keith

Writers: Toby Keith and Chuck Cannon

Publishers: Tokeco Tunes (BMI) and Wacissa River Music, Inc.(BMI); (Administered by BPI Administration)

"Bless the Broken Road" -- Rascal Flatts

Writers: Marcus Hummon, Bobby Boyd and Jeff Hanna

Publishers: Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc. (BMI), Floyd's Dream Music (BMI), All Rights for the U.S. on Behalf of Floyd's Dream Music Administered by Careers-BMG
Music Publishing, Jeff Diggs Music (BMI) Jeff Diggs Music Administered by Bug Music

"I May Hate Myself in the Morning" -- Lee Ann Womack

Writer: Odie Blackmon

Publishers: Cal IV Songs, Administered by Cal IV Entertainment, LLC (ASCAP)

"Live Like You Were Dying" -- Tim McGraw

Writers: Craig Wiseman and Tim Nichols

Publishers: Big Loud Shirt (ASCAP), ICG/Warner (BMI)

"Whiskey Lullaby" -- Brad Paisley Featuring Alison Krauss

Writers: Bill Anderson and Jon Randall

Publishers: Sony/Atv Tree Publishing Co., Mr. Bubba Music, Inc. Admin By Sony/ATV Music
Pub. (BMI), Reynsongpub Corp. Administered by Wrensong Wha Ya Say Music Administered by Wrensong (BMI)


Single Record of the Year

(Six Nominees Due to a Tie)

"Bless the Broken Road" -- Rascal Flatts

Producers: Mark Bright, Marty Williams and Rascal Flatts

Record Label: Lyric Street Records

"Days Go By" -- Keith Urban

Producers: Dann Huff and Keith Urban

Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

"I May Hate Myself in the Morning" -- Lee Ann Womack

Producer: Byron Gallimore

Record Label: MCA Nashville

"Live Like You Were Dying" -- Tim McGraw

Producers: Tim McGraw, Byron Gallimore and Darran Smith

Producer: Curb Records

"Redneck Woman" -- Gretchen Wilson

Producers: Mark Wright and Joe Scaife

Associate Producer: John Rich

Record Label: Epic

"Whiskey Lullaby" -- Brad Paisley Featuring Alison Krauss

Producer: Frank Rogers

Record Label: Arista Nashville

Album of the Year

Be Here -- Keith Urban

Producers: Dann Huff and Keith Urban

Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

Here for the Party -- Gretchen Wilson

Producers: Mark Wright and Joe Scaife

Associate Producer: John Rich

Record Label: Epic

Live Like You Were Dying -- Tim McGraw

Producers: Tim McGraw, Byron Gallimore and Darran Smith

Record Label: Curb Records

Restless -- Sara Evans

Producers: Sara Evans and Paul Worley

Record Label: The RCA Records Label

When the Sun Goes Down -- Kenny Chesney

Producers: Buddy Cannon and Kenny Chesney

Record Label: BNA Records

Casino of the Year

Belterra -- Belterra, Ind.

Casino Rama -- Orilla, Ontario

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino -- Las Vegas, Nev.

Mohegan Sun Casino -- Uncasville, Conn.

Turning Stone Casino -- Verona, N.Y.

Nightclub of the Year

Billy Bob's -- Fort Worth, Texas

Buck Owens' Crystal Palace -- Bakersfield, Calif.

Grizzly Rose -- Denver, Colo.

Pepsi Roadhouse -- Burgettstown, Pa.

Tumbleweed Dancehall -- Stillwater, Okla.

Don Romeo Talent Buyer - Promoter of the Year

Brian O'Connell (Clear Channel Entertainment)

Louis Messina (The Messina Group)

Mike Smardak (Outback Concerts of Tenn.)

Rich Mischell (Mischell Productions, Inc.)

Suzanne Wilson (Wilson Events, Inc.)

Radio Station of the Year

KPLX -- Dallas, Texas

KTTS -- Springfield, Mo.

KUZZ -- Bakersfield, Calif.

WIVK -- Knoxville, Tenn.

WIXY -- Champaign, Ill.

On-Air Personality of the Year

Lisa Dent -- WUSN Chicago, Ill.

Dex & Kim -- WUSY Chattanooga, Tenn.

Gunner -- WIVK Knoxville, Tenn.

Skip Mahaffey -- WQYK Tampa, Fla.

Tim & Willy -- KNIX Phoenix, Ariz.

Producer of the Year

Buddy Cannon

Byron Gallimore

James Stroud

Paul Worley

Mark Wright

Engineer of the Year

John Kelton

Julian King

Justin Niebank

Gary Paczoza

Ron "Snake" Reynolds

Musicians of the Year

Bass

Mike Brignardello

David Hungate

Larry Paxton

Alison Prestwood

Glen Worf

Drums

Eric Darken

Shannon Forrest

Paul Leim

Greg Morrow

Lonnie Wilson

Fiddle

Glen Duncan

Stuart Duncan

Larry Franklin

Rob Hajacos

Jonathan Yudkin

Guitar

Tom Bukovac

J.T. Corenflos

Jon Jorgenson

Brent Mason

Bryan Sutton

Piano/Keyboards

Jim Brown

Gordon Mote

Steve Nathan

Michael Omartian

Mike Rojas

Specialty Instrument

Jim Hoke

Jim Horn

Rob Ickes

Russ Pahl

Randy Scruggs

Steel

Dan Dugmore

Sonny Garrish

John Hughey

Mike Johnson

Robbie Turner
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