With six nominations each, Brooks & Dunn and Toby Keith are the top contenders for the 37th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. Both acts are nominated in the entertainer of the year category, and both scored nods in the album, song, single, and video categories. Keith is also up for male vocalist of the year, and Brooks & Dunn for top vocal duo.
Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, and Travis Tritt earned four nominations each, including top male vocalist. Diamond Rio and Tammy Cochran snagged three nominations, while Garth Brooks, George Jones, Nickel Creek, Trick Pony, and the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack received two apiece.
In addition to Keith and Brooks & Dunn, nominees in the entertainer of the year category are Brooks, Jackson, and McGraw. Top female vocalist nominees are Sara Evans, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, and Trisha Yearwood. Top male vocalist nominees are Kenny Chesney, Jackson, Keith, McGraw, and Tritt. Top vocal group nominees are Diamond Rio, Dixie Chicks, Lonestar, Nickel Creek, and Trick Pony.
In the album of the year category, the nominees are “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (Lost Highway/Mercury), Tritt’s “Down the Road I Go” (Columbia), Keith’s “Pull My Chain” (DreamWorks), McGraw’s “Set This Circus Down” (Curb), and Brooks & Dunn’s “Steers & Stripes” (Arista Nashville).
Single of the year nominees are Brooks & Dunn’s “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You,” Keith’s “I Wanna Talk About Me,” Tritt’s “It’s a Great Day To Be Alive,” Diamond Rio’s “One More Day,” and Jackson’s “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).”
The ACM Awards will be broadcast live from Los Angeles May 22 on CBS-TV in the U.S. Nominees and winners are voted on by Academy members.
During the broadcast, the Pioneer Award will be given to a surprise recipient who has been deemed by the ACM board of directors as a pioneer in the field of country music. In addition, the ACM has teamed with Home Depot to present the first Home Depot Humanitarian Award, which is the first fan-voted category in the history of the event. Fans will be able to vote online at the Home Depot Web site beginning in April.
Here is a complete list of ACM nominees:
Entertainer of the year:
Brooks & Dunn
Top female vocalist:
Lee Ann Womack
Top male vocalist:
Top vocal duo:
Brooks & Dunn
The Bellamy Brothers
The Warren Brothers
Top vocal group:
Top new female vocalist:
Carolyn Dawn Johnson
Top new male vocalist:
Top new vocal duo/group:
Sons Of The Desert
Album of the year (award to producer(s)/artist/record company):
“Down the Road I Go” (Billy Joe Walker Jr. & Travis Tritt/Travis Tritt/Columbia)
“O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (T-Bone Burnett/various/Lost Highway)
“Pull My Chain” (James Stroud & Toby Keith/Toby Keith/DreamWorks)
“Set This Circus Down” (Byron Gallimore, James Stroud & Tim McGraw/Tim McGraw/Curb)
“Steers & Stripes” (Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn & Mark Wright/Brooks & Dunn/Arista Nashville)
Single record of the year (award to producer(s)/artist/record company):
“Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You” (Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn & Mark Wright/Brooks & Dunn/Arista Nashville)
“I Wanna Talk About Me” (James Stroud & Toby Keith/Toby Keith/DreamWorks)
“It’s a Great Day To Be Alive”/Billy Joe Walker Jr. & Travis Tritt/Travis Tritt/Columbia)
“One More Day” (Michael D. Clute & Diamond Rio/Diamond Rio/Arista Nashville)
“Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” (Keith Stegall/Alan Jackson/Arista Nashville)
Song of the year (award to composer(s)/publisher(s)/artist):
“Angels in Waiting” (Tammy Cochran, Jim McBride, Stewart Harris/WB, Cal IV, O’Shaughnessy Avenue, Peermusic III, Wide Ocean (ASCAP/BMI)/Tammy Cochran)
“I Wanna Talk About Me” (Bobby Braddock/Sony/ATV Tree (BMI)/Toby Keith)
“One More Day” (Steven Dale Jones, Bobby Tomberlin/EMI April, Sound Island, Mike Curb (ASCAP/BMI)/Diamond Rio)
“Only in America” (Kix Brooks, Don Cook, Ronnie Rogers/Sony/ATV Tree, Buffalo Prairie, Don Cook, Route 6 (BMI)/Brooks & Dunn)
“Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” (Alan Jackson/EMI April, Tri-Angels (ASCAP)/Alan Jackson)
Video of the year (award to producer(s)/director(s)/artist):
“Angels in Waiting” (Jamie Amos & Patrick Kenendy/Deb Haus & Tammy Cochran/Tammy Cochran)
“I Wanna Talk About Me” (Mark Kalbfeld/Michael Salomon/Toby Keith)
“I’m Tryin'” (Jeff Cowan/Steven Goldmann/Trace Adkins)
“Only in America” (Stephanie Reeves/Michael Merriman/Brooks & Dunn)
“Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly” (Baquas/Dermott Downs & Trey Fanjoy/Aaron Tippin)
Vocal event of the year (award to artist/producer):
“Beer Run” (Garth Brooks with George Jones/Allen Reynolds)
“Bring on the Rain” (Jo Dee Messina with Tim McGraw/Tim McGraw)
“I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow” (Soggy Bottom Boys/T-Bone Burnett)
“Out of Control Raging Fire” (Patty Loveless with Travis Tritt/Emory Gordy Jr.)
“Too Country” (Brad Paisley, Buck Owens, George Jones, and Bill Anderson/Frank Rogers)
Bassist of the year:
Fiddler of the year:
Drummer of the year:
Steel guitarist of the year:
Jay Dee Maness
Guitarist of the year:
Keyboardist of the year:
Specialty instrumentalist of the year:
Jerry Douglas, dobro
Dave Dunkley, percussion
Gene Johnson, mandolin
Radio station of the year:
KPLX (The Wolf) Dallas
Disc jockey of the year:
Cadillac Jack, WXTU Philadelphia
Ichabod Caine & the Waking Crew, KMPS Seattle
Stu Evans, KMLE Phoenix
Steve Harmon, WCOL Columbus, Ohio
Vicki Murphy, WFMS Indianapolis
Don Romeo talent buyer/promoter of the year:
Brian O’Connell, Clear Channel Entertainment
Lori Renfrow, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Fran Romeo, TBA Entertainment Corp.
Glenn Smith, Glenn Smith Presents
Suzanne Wilson, Wilson Events, Inc.
Club of the year:
Bluebird Cafe, Nashville
Buck Owens Crystal Palace, Bakersfield, Calif.
Montana’s, San Dimas, Calif.
Wildhorse Saloon, Nashville
Casino of the year:
Boulder Station, Las Vegas
Foxwoods Resort & Casino, Mashantucket, Conn.
The Grand Casino, Biloxi, Miss.
The Horseshoe Casino, Tunica, Miss.
Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas