Lady Antebellum Not Prediciting a Clean ACM Sweep
Lady Antebellum and the Academy of Country Music will always have a special bond. It was just two years ago the trio won their first major award, the ACM Top New Group of the Year, at the ceremonies in Las Vegas. This year, Lady A could walk off with a total of seven trophies.
"We were blown away by our seven nominations," Dave Haywood tells The Boot. "It's exciting, but also a big shock to us that we got that many. It's exciting because a lot of them are for 'Need You Now,' which means that people are responding to our new music, so that's a great pat on the back. We've made a lot of great friends in the industry, even Reba "twebas" us!"
The group has also gained acceptance for the music on their sophomore album at a rapid pace, with the disc hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200 not once but twice, just last week replacing Sade as the week's top seller across all genres -- and staying at the top again this week.
"To wake up to that email telling us that 'Need You Now' was No. 1 again was a shock," says Hillary Scott. "You hope and pray for one week at No. 1, let alone a couple weeks. The day we found out we had gone back to No. 1 was the day we headlined the Ryman in Nashville, so it was a great way to start and end a day!"
Charles says no matter what other awards are handed out on the big night, he's fairly certain which disc will be named ACM Album of the Year. "I will put money that Miranda Lambert takes home Album of the Year for 'Revolution,'" he insists. "That's the best record that's come out in the past five years."
Lady Antebellum are up for Top Vocal Group, Album of the Year for their debut CD, 'Lady Antebellum,' and Video of the Year for 'Need You Now." That song is also up for Single Record, which would give them recognition as artist and producer. Additionally, 'Need You Now' is nominated for Song of the Year, which could send them home with two awards, one for artist and the other for songwriter.
The ACM Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, April 18 at 8:00 PM ET on CBS. Lady A will also take part in the ACM tribute, 'Brooks & Dunn -- The Last Rodeo,' taping April 19, and set to air May 23 on CBS.