Tim McGraw leads the nominations for the 40th annual Academy of Country Music Awards with six nods, including entertainer and male vocalist of the year.
The nominees for the ACMs — to be broadcast live on CBS May 17 from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas — include perennial favorites, trailblazing newcomers and critical darlings.
Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson and Alison Krauss each received five nominations. Earning four each were reigning ACM entertainer of the year Toby Keith, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban. First-time nominees Big & Rich are up for three accolades.
Besides McGraw, nominees for entertainer of the year are Brooks & Dunn, Chesney, Keith and Urban. Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Wilson and Lee Ann Womack are up for top female vocalist, while Alan Jackson, Chesney, Keith, McGraw and Urban are competing for top male.
Diamond Rio, Neal McCoy and Brad Paisley are nominated for the fourth annual ACM/Home Depot Humanitarian Award. Fan voting in that category begins today (March 3) at www.homedepot.com/acm and will continue through the second hour of the telecast.
Nominees and winners are voted on by the 3,800-plus members of the ACM. The awards are produced for television by dick clark productions.