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Brad Paisley Scores Six ACM Nominations
Other Top Nominees Include Sugarland, Brooks & Dunn, Underwood, Rascal Flatts
Photo Credit: Russ Harrington
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.
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