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2012 ACM Award Nominees

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Kenny Chesney leads this year’s Academy of Country Music award nominations with nine nods. The Tennessee native recieved six nominations as an artist — Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album, Single, Song and Vocal Event of the Year — and three as a producer — Album, Single and Vocal Event of the Year. His No. 1 single, ‘You and Tequila,’ featuring Grace Potter recieved three nominations.

Joining Kenny in the Entertainer of the Year category are Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift. The winner in that category, along with the New Artist of the Year, will be chosen by you — the fans. For the fourth year, you can cast your vote for both categories online.

Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton are back for the second year to host the ACM ceremony, which will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, April 1 at 8:00 PM ET on CBS.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

• Jason Aldean
• Kenny Chesney
• Brad Paisley
• Blake Shelton
• Taylor Swift

TOP MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

• Jason Aldean
• Kenny Chesney
• Brad Paisley
• Blake Shelton
Chris Young

TOP FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Sara Evans
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
• Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

TOP VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

Love and Theft
Montgomery Gentry
Steel Magnolia
Sugarland
Thompson Square

TOP VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

• The Band Perry
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]

• ‘Chief’ – Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)
Produced by: Arturo Buenahora, Jr., Jay Joyce

• ‘Four the Record’ – Miranda Lambert (RCA)
Produced by: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf

• ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey’ – Kenny Chesney (BNA)
Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

• ‘My Kinda Party’ – Jason Aldean (Broken Bow Records)
Produced by: Michael Knox

• ‘Own the Night’ – Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records Nashville)
Produced by: Lady Antebellum, Paul Worley

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]

• ‘Crazy Girl,’ Eli Young Band (Republic Nashville)
Produced by: Mike Wrucke

• ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay,’ Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson (Broken Bow Records)
Produced by: Michael Knox

• ‘Red Solo Cup,’ Toby Keith (Show Dog-Universal Music)
Produced by: Toby Keith

• ‘Tomorrow,’ Chris Young (RCA)
Produced by: James Stroud

• ‘You and Tequila,’ Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter (BNA)
Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

SONG OF THE YEAR [Award to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

• ‘Crazy Girl’ – Eli Young Band
Composers: Lee Brice, Liz Rose
Publishers: Cake Taker Music (BMI), Mike Curb Music (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Sweet Hysteria Music (BMI)

• ‘Home’ – Dierks Bentley
Composers: Brett Beavers, Dierks Bentley, Dan Wilson
Publishers: Big White Tracks (ASCAP), Chestnut Barn Music (BMI), Chrysalis Music/BMG Rights (ASCAP), Chrysalis One Songs (BMI)

• ‘Just a Kiss’ – Lady Antebellum
Composers: Dallas Davidson, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott
Publishers: Dwhaywood Music (BMI), EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI), EMI Foray Music (SESAC), Hillary Dawn Songs (SESAC), Radiobulletspublishing (BMI), String Stretcher Music (BMI) Warner-Tamberlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)

• ‘Threaten Me With Heaven’ – Vince Gill
Composers: Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Dillon O’Brian, Will Owsley
Publishers: Grant Girls Music (ASCAP), Vinny Mae Music (BMI), Willie-O Music (ASCAP)

• ‘You and Tequila’ – Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter
Composers: Matraca Berg, Deana Carter
Publishers: Deanaling Music (ASCAP), Hannaberg Music (BMI), Songs of Universal Inc., (BMI), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Award to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] *(Off Camera Award)

• ‘Tattoos On This Town,’ Jason Aldean
Producer: John Burke
Director: Wes Edwards

• ‘Homeboy,’ Eric Church
Producer: Brandon Arolfo
Director: Peter Zavadil

• ‘Red Solo Cup,’ Toby Keith
Producer: Mark Kalbfeld
Director: Michael Salomon

• ‘Just a Kiss,’ Lady Antebellum
Producer: Don Lepore
Director: Shawn Silva

• ‘Mean,’ Taylor Swift
Producer: Oualid Mouaness
Director: Declan Whitebloom

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company] (Off Camera Award)

• ‘Country Boy,’ Aaron Lewis featuring George Jones and Charlie Daniels (R&J Records)
Produced by: Aaron Lewis, James Stroud

• ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’ Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson (Broken Bow Records)
Produced by: Michael Knox

• ‘Old Alabama’ Brad Paisley feat. Alabama (Arista Nashville)
Produced by: Frank Rogers

• ‘Remind Me’ Brad Paisley duet with Carrie Underwood (Arista Nashville)
Produced by: Frank Rogers

• ‘You and Tequila’ Kenny Chesney feat. Grace Potter (BNA)
Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

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