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2011 ACM Awards Nominees

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Miranda Lambert is once again the leader of the nominee pack. The Texas songbird has seven 2011 ACM Awards nominations, as revealed today (February 1) live on CBS’ ‘The Early Show.’ Miranda, who led the 2010 CMA Awards with nine nods, has her first-ever nomination for ACM Entertainer of the Year, along with Single, Song, Female Vocalist, Vocal Event and two entries in the Video of the Year category. She is followed by Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band with five ACM nods apiece. (Zac himself has four additional nominations, in categories where he was the songwriter and/or producer.) The Band Perry and Taylor Swift have four nominations, while Lady Antebellum, Lee Brice, Easton Corbin, Alan Jackson and Keith Urban all have three. The Band Perry, Lee and Easton are all first-time ACM nominees.

Nominated alongside Miranda for the night’s biggest honor — Entertainer of the Year — are Taylor, Keith, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean and Brad Paisley. The winner in that category, along with the Top New Solo Vocalist and Top New Vocal Duo or Group categories, will be chosen by you — the fans. For the third year, the Entertainer and new artist categories will all be determined by online voting.

Fan voting for Top New Solo Vocalist and Top New Vocal Duo or Group will close February 24 at 12:00 PM ET. The winner in each category will be announced in March and will move on to compete for Top New Artist. Fan voting for Top New Artist and Entertainer of the Year begins on March 11 and will close on April 3. Cast your votes at www.VoteACM.com.

Read the full list of 2011 ACM Awards nominations below. This year’s contenders are arguably predictable, with one big exception: for the first time in nine years, Rascal Flatts are not nominated. The superstar country trio took home the ACM’s Top Vocal Group category every year from 2002 – 2009 and were nominated last year for Top Vocal Group.

Fans are also buzzing about the lack of nominations for Tim McGraw, who had one of the highest-grossing tours in any genre last year. And reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Carrie Underwood surprisingly only has one nomination, for Top Female Vocalist.

Co-hosted by Reba and Blake Shelton, the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will broadcast live from Las Vegas on April 3 at 8:00 PM ET on CBS. Performers and presenters at the show will be announced soon.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
• Jason Aldean
• Toby Keith
• Miranda Lambert
• Brad Paisley
• Taylor Swift
• Keith Urban

TOP MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
• Jason Aldean
• Brad Paisley
• Blake Shelton
George Strait
• Keith Urban

TOP FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
• Miranda Lambert
• Reba McEntire
• Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood
Lee Ann Womack

TOP VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
• The JaneDear girls
Joey + Rory
Montgomery Gentry
Steel Magnolia
Sugarland

TOP VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
• Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Randy Rogers Band
• The Band Perry
• Zac Brown Band

TOP NEW SOLO VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Eric ChurchWINNER
• Easton Corbin
Randy Houser

TOP NEW VOCAL DUO or GROUP OF THE YEAR
• the JaneDear girls
• Steel Magnolia
• The Band Perry – WINNER

TOP NEW ARTIST
• The Band Perry
Eric Church

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]
• ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey’ – Kenny Chesney (BNA)
Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

• ‘Need You Now’ – Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records Nashville)
Produced by: Lady Antebellum, Paul Worley

• ‘The Guitar Song’ – Jamey Johnson (Mercury)
Produced by: Arlis Albritton, Dave Cobb, The Kent Hardly Playboys

• ‘Speak Now’ – Taylor Swift (Big Machine Records)
Produced by: Nathan Chapman, Taylor Swift

• ‘Up on the Ridge’ – Dierks Bentley (Capitol Records Nashville)
Produced by: Jon Randall Stewart

• ‘You Get What You Give’ – Zac Brown Band (Southern Ground / Roar / Bigger Picture / Atlantic)
Produced by: Zac Brown, Keith Stegall

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]
• ‘A Little More Country Than That’ – Easton Corbin (Mercury)
Produced by: Carson Chamberlain

• ‘As She’s Walking Away’ – Zac Brown Band Featuring Alan Jackson (Southern Ground / Roar / Bigger Picture / Atlantic)
Produced by: Zac Brown, Keith Stegall

• ‘If I Die Young’ – The Band Perry (Republic Nashville)
Produced by: Paul Worley

• ‘Love Like Crazy’ – Lee Brice (Curb Records)
Produced by: Lee Brice, Doug Johnson

• ‘The Boys of Fall’ – Kenny Chesney (BNA)
Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

• ‘The House That Built Me’ – Miranda Lambert (Columbia Nashville)
Produced by: Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke

SONG OF THE YEAR [Award to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]
• ‘A Little More Country Than That’ – Easton Corbin
Composers: Rory Lee Feek, Don Poythress, Wynn Varble
Publishers: A Sling And A Prayer Music (ASCAP), Chrysalis One Music (ASCAP), Don Poythress Songs (ASCAP), Precious Flour Music (BMI), Universal Music-MGB Songs (ASCAP), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)

• ‘As She’s Walking Away’ – Zac Brown Band Featuring Alan Jackson
Composers: Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette
Publishers: Angelika Music (BMI), Weimerhound Publishing (BMI)

• ‘If I Die Young’ – The Band Perry
Composer: Kimberly Perry
Publishers: Pearlfeather Publishing (BMI), Rio Bravo Music, Inc. (BMI)

• ‘Love Like Crazy’ – Lee Brice
Composers: Tim James, Doug Johnson
Publishers: Mike Curb Music (BMI), Sweet Radical Music (BMI), T-Bird’s Music (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)

• ‘The House That Built Me’ – Miranda Lambert
Composers: Tom Douglas, Allen Shamblin
Publishers: Built On Rock (ASCAP), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Tomdouglasmusic (BMI)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Award to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] *(Off Camera Award)
• ‘Hillbilly Bone’ – Blake Shelton Featuring Trace Adkins
Producer: Randy Brewer
Director: Roman White

• ‘Only Prettier’ – Miranda Lambert
Producer: Trent Hardville
Director: Trey Fanjoy

• ‘Stuck Like Glue’ – Sugarland
Producer: Tony McGarry
Director: Declan Whitebloom

• ‘The Boys of Fall’ – Kenny Chesney
Producer: Don Lepore
Director: Shaun Silva

• ‘The House That Built Me’ – Miranda Lambert
Producer: Trent Hardville
Director: Trey Fanjoy

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company] (Off Camera Award)
• ‘As She’s Walking Away’ – Zac Brown Band Featuring Alan Jackson (Southern Ground / Roar / Bigger Picture / Atlantic)
Produced by: Zac Brown, Keith Stegall

• ‘Blue Sky’ – Emily West Featuring Keith Urban (Capitol Records Nashville)
Produced by: Mark Bright

• ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ – Loretta Lynn, Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert (Columbia Nashville)
Produced by: John Carter Cash, Patsy Lynn Russell

• ‘Cold Beer’ – Colt Ford Featuring Jamey Johnson (Average Joes)
Produced by: Shannon Houchins, Adrian Young

• ‘Good to Be Me’ – Uncle Kracker Featuring Kid Rock (Top Dog/ Atlantic / Bigger Picture)
Produced by: Kid Rock

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