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Nominations Announced For The 49th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® AWARDS Country Music’s Party Of The Year®

January 29, 2014

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ENCINO, Calif., Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Nominations were announced today for the 49(th) ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, honoring country music’s superstars and hottest emerging talent. Hosted by four-time ACM Award winner Blake Shelton and reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, the ACM Awards are produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Nominees were revealed online via the third annual ACM digital press conference this morning. Fox Sports broadcaster Erin Andrews, 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs, reigning ACM Songwriter of the Year Dallas Davidson, The Insider co-anchor Kevin Frazier, singer and Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale, CBS This Morning co-anchor Gayle King, Jerrod Niemann, Entertainment Tonight co-anchor Nancy O’Dell, Duck Dynasty stars Willie and Korie Robertson, Darius Rucker, The Talk hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler & Sheryl Underwood and surprise guest pop superstar Katy Perry, all announced nominations in video postings to the Academy’s Facebook and Twitter sites during the approximately 45 minute online event.

Fans will again help select the winner of both the Academy’s most prestigious honor, Entertainer of the Year, and the New Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl’s. As previously announced, Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Thomas Rhett and Parmalee are the semi-finalists for this year’s ACM New Artist of the Year. These top eight (8) artists from the first round of ACM professional voting will compete via the Great American Country fan vote at GACtv.com, combined with the ACM professional membership vote, to determine the 3 nominees for the award. An additional combined fan and professional membership vote will determine the winner. The winners of Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year will be announced live during the 49(th) Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

Miranda Lambert earned seven nominations, including her third nomination for Entertainer of the Year and eighth consecutive nod for Female Vocalist of the Year. Additionally, Lambert was nominated for Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year for “Mama’s Broken Heart,” and twice for Vocal Event of the Year for both “We Were Us” with Keith Urban and “Boys ‘Round Here” as part of the Pistol Annies. Lambert is the reigning ACM Female Vocalist of the Year.

Tim McGraw received seven nominations, including Video of the Year for “Highway Don’t Care” featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban. He is also nominated twice for Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year awards as both the artist and producer.

Keith Urban received six nominations, including Male Vocalist of the Year, Single Record of the Year and Video of the Year. In the category for Vocal Event of the Year he is nominated for “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift, as well as nominated twice for “We Were Us” with Miranda Lambert as the artist and producer.

Lee Brice is nominated for five awards, including his first ever Male Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year nominations and fourth consecutive nod for Song of the Year. He is also nominated twice in the Single Record of the Year category as the artist and producer for “I Drive Your Truck.”

Kacey Musgraves earned five nominations, including her second consecutive nods for Female Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year. She is also nominated for Song of the Year and nominated twice in the Album of the Year category, as the artist and producer, for Same Trailer Different Park.

Blake Shelton is nominated for five awards, including his third consecutive nomination for Entertainer of the Year and fourth nod for Male Vocalist of the Year. Shelton also received a nomination for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year.

Taylor Swift received five nominations, including her fifth consecutive nod for Entertainer of the Year and seventh consecutive nod for Female Vocalist of the Year. She also received a nomination for Single Record of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban.

Reigning New Artist of the Year, Florida Georgia Line earned four nominations, including their second consecutive nod for Vocal Duo of the Year. They also earned nominations for Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year.

Lady Antebellum is nominated for four awards, including their sixth nod for Vocal Group of the Year. They are also nominated for Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for “Wagon Wheel” with Darius Rucker.

Luke Bryan received three nominations, including his second consecutive nomination for both Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He also earned an Album of the Year nomination for Crash My Party.

Darius Rucker is nominated for three awards, including Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for “Wagon Wheel” featuring Lady Antebellum.

The Academy of Country Music’s professional membership selects the nominees and winners of the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, and selects the final top five nominees of the Entertainer of the Year category. New Artist of the Year final nominees will be selected by a combined vote of the fans and professional members.

Fan voting for Entertainer of the Year begins on Monday, March 24 at 3:00 PM ET/12noon PT at VoteACM.com and will close during the third hour of the LIVE broadcast. First round fan voting for New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s is now open at www.VoteACM.comand www.GACTV.com/ACMand will close on Tuesday, February 4 at 3:00 PM ET/12noon PT. The final three nominees will be announced in the coming weeks and will move on to compete in the final round of voting for the New Artist category at VoteACM.com. Final round fan voting for the New Artist of the Year category begins on Monday, March 24 at 3:00 PM ET/12noon PT and will close at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on Sunday, April 6 (before the LIVE telecast begins).

Following is the list of final nominees. Winners in each of the categories, except where noted, will be presented with an ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD during the live television broadcast:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

    --  Luke Bryan
    --  Miranda Lambert
    --  Blake Shelton
    --  George Strait
    --  Taylor Swift

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

    --  Jason Aldean
    --  Lee Brice
    --  Luke Bryan
    --  Blake Shelton
    --  Keith Urban

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

    --  Sheryl Crow
    --  Miranda Lambert
    --  Kacey Musgraves
    --  Taylor Swift
    --  Carrie Underwood

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

    --  Big & Rich
    --  Dan + Shay
    --  Florida Georgia Line
    --  Love and Theft
    --  Thompson Square

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

    --  Eli Young Band
    --  Lady Antebellum
    --  Little Big Town
    --  The Band Perry
    --  Zac Brown Band

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company-Label(s)]

    --  Based On A True Story... - Blake SheltonProducer: Scott HendricksRecord
        Label: Warner Bros. Records
    --  Crash My Party - Luke BryanProducer: Jeff Stevens Record Label: Capitol
        Records Nashville
    --  Here's To The Good Times - Florida Georgia LineProducer: Joey MoiRecord
        Label: Republic Nashville
    --  Same Trailer Different Park - Kacey MusgravesProducers: Luke Laird,
        Shane McAnally, Kacey MusgravesRecord Label: Mercury Records
    --  Two Lanes Of Freedom - Tim McGrawProducers: Byron Gallimore, Tim
        McGrawRecord Label: Big Machine Records

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

    --  Cruise - Florida Georgia LineProducer: Joey MoiRecord Label: Republic
        Nashville
    --  Highway Don't Care - Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
        Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGrawRecord Label: Big Machine Records
    --  I Drive Your Truck - Lee BriceProducers: Lee Brice, Kyle Jacobs, Matt
        McClureRecord Label: Curb Records
    --  Mama's Broken Heart - Miranda LambertProducers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank
        Liddell, Glenn WorfRecord Label: RCA Nashville
    --  Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker Featuring Lady AntebellumProducer: Frank
        RogersRecord Label: Capitol Records Nashville

SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

    --  Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain) - Gary AllanSongwriters: Gary Allan,
        Hillary Lindsey, Matthew WarrenPublishers: Always Alone Songs (ASCAP),
        Crystal Beach Music (BMI), Raylene Music (ASCAP)

    --  I Drive Your Truck - Lee BriceSongwriters: Jessi Alexander, Connie
        Harrington, Jimmy YearyPublishers: Beattyville Music (BMI), EMI
        Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI), Great Day At This Music (BMI), Happy Tears
        Music (ASCAP), Vistaville Music (ASCAP), Watch This Girl Publishing
        (BMI)

    --  Mama's Broken Heart - Miranda LambertSongwriters: Brandy Clark, Shane
        McAnally, Kacey MusgravesPublishers: 351 Music (BMI), Crazy Water Music
        (ASCAP), Little Blue Egg (ASCAP), Songs of Parallel (ASCAP), Vista Loma
        Music (ASCAP), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)

    --  Mine Would Be You - Blake SheltonSongwriters: Jessi Alexander, Connie
        Harrington, Deric RuttanPublishers: Doc and Maggie Music (ASCAP), EMI
        Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI), Get A Load Of This Music (ASCAP), Great Day
        At This Music (BMI), Hopeless Rose Music (ASCAP), Vistaville Music
        (ASCAP), Watch This Girl Publishing (BMI), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)

    --  Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker Featuring Lady AntebellumSongwriters: Bob
        Dylan, Ketch SecorPublishers: Blood Donor Music (BMI), Special Rider
        Music (SESAC)

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

    --  Better Dig Two - The Band PerryProducer: Eric WilliamsDirector: Declan
        Whitebloom
    --  Blowin' Smoke - Kacey MusgravesProducer: Josh GoldsteinDirector: Honey
    --  Highway Don't Care - Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith
        UrbanProducers: Tameron Hedge, Chandra LaPlumeDirector: Shane Drake
    --  I Drive Your Truck - Lee BriceProducer: Karen MartinDirector: Eric Welch
    --  Mama's Broken Heart - Miranda LambertProducer: Reagan RossonDirector:
        Trey Fanjoy
    --  Two Black Cadillacs - Carrie UnderwoodProducer: Steve LamarDirector:
        P.R. Brown

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

    --  Boys 'Round Here - Blake Shelton Featuring Pistol Annies &
        FriendsProducer: Scott HendricksRecord Label: Warner Bros. Records
    --  Cruise (Remix) - Florida Georgia Line Featuring NellyProducers: Joey
        Moi, Jason NevinsRecord Label: Republic Nashville
    --  Highway Don't Care - Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith
        UrbanProducers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGrawRecord Label: Big Machine
        Records
    --  Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum Producer: Frank
        RogersRecord Label: Capitol Records Nashville
    --  We Were Us - Keith Urban And Miranda LambertProducers: Nathan Chapman,
        Keith UrbanRecord Labels: Capitol Records Nashville, Hit Red Records,
        RCA Nashville

OFF CAMERA AWARDS – The following off-camera awards will be presented during the 8(th) Annual ACM Honors event on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 in Nashville.

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR *(Off Camera Award)

    --  Rhett Akins
    --  Rodney Clawson
    --  Ashley Gorley
    --  Luke Laird
    --  Shane McAnally

INDUSTRY AWARDS:


    CASINO OF THE YEAR - SMALL CAPACITY
    -----------------------------------

      Agua Caliente Casino Resort &
       Spa                             Rancho Mirage, CA

      Deadwood Mountain Grand          Deadwood, SD

      Mohegan Sun Wolf Den             Uncasville, CT

      Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort    Mount Pleasant, MI

      The Joint at Hard Rock Casino    Catoosa, OK

    CASINO OF THE YEAR - MEDIUM CAPACITY
    ------------------------------------

      Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino   Windsor, ON , Canada

      Casino Rama                      Rama, ON, Canada

      Mohegan Sun Arena                Uncasville, CT

      Star of the Desert Arena          Primm, NV

      The Colosseum at Caesars Palace  Las Vegas, NV

    NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR
    ---------------------

      Billy Bob's Texas                 Fort Worth, TX

      Bub City                         Chicago, IL

      Floore's Country Store           Helotes, TX

      The Dusty Armadillo              Rootstown, OH

      Wild Bills                       Duluth, GA

    VENUE OF THE YEAR - SMALL CAPACITY
    ----------------------------------

      American Music Theatre           Lancaster, PA

      Cape Cod Melody Tent             Hyannis, MA

      Georgia Theatre                  Athens, GA

      House of Blues                   Boston, MA

      The Moody Theater                Austin, TX

    VENUE OF THE YEAR - MEDIUM CAPACITY
    -----------------------------------

      Amphitheater at The Wharf        Orange Beach, AL

      Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
       at Meadowbrook                  Gilford, NH

      Big Sandy Superstore Arena       Huntington, WV

      Grand Ole Opry House             Nashville, TN

      Red Rocks Amphitheatre           Golden, CO

    VENUE OF THE YEAR - LARGE CAPACITY
    ----------------------------------

      BOK Center                       Tulsa, OK

      Bridgestone Arena                Nashville, TN

      Darling's Waterfront Pavilion    Bangor, ME

      Gorge Amphitheatre               George, WA

      Hollywood Bowl                   Hollywood, CA
                                       -------------

DON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR

    --  Billy Brill - Billy Alan Productions
    --  Brock Jones - Global Spectrum
    --  Nicole More - Neste Event Marketing
    --  Fran Romeo - Romeo Entertainment Group
    --  R.J. Romeo - Romeo Entertainment Group

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

    --  Brent Fedrizzi - AEG Live
    --  Brad Garrett - Police Productions
    --  Billy Minick - Billy Bob's Texas
    --  Brian O'Connell - Live Nation
    --  Ron Sakamoto - Gold & Gold Productions

STUDIO RECORDING AWARDS:

(FORMERLY KNOWN AS MUSICIAN/BANDLEADER/INSTRUMENTALIST (MBI) AWARDS)

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

    --  Mike Brignardello
    --  Kevin "Swine" Grantt
    --  Mark Hill
    --  Michael Rhodes
    --  Glenn Worf

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR

    --  Chad Cromwell
    --  Fred Eltringham
    --  Shannon Forrest
    --  Greg Morrow
    --  Lonnie Wilson

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

    --  Jeff King
    --  Troy Lancaster
    --  Brent Mason
    --  Rob McNelley
    --  Jerry McPherson

PIANO/KEYBOARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

    --  Tony Harrell
    --  John Jarvis
    --  Charlie Judge
    --  Tim Lauer
    --  Gordon Mote

SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR

    --  Glen Duncan
    --  Larry Franklin
    --  Jim Hoke
    --  Danny Rader
    --  Bryan Sutton

STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

    --  Dan Dugmore
    --  Paul Franklin
    --  Steve Hinson
    --  Russ Pahl
    --  Scotty Sanders

AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

    --  Derek Bason
    --  Ben Fowler
    --  Mills Logan
    --  Steve Marcantonio
    --  Justin Niebank

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

    --  Mark Bright
    --  Dann Huff
    --  Michael Knox
    --  Frank Liddell
    --  Paul Worley

RADIO AWARDS – The following radio awards will be presented during the annual Radio Winners Reception held the day prior to the ACM Awards telecast, on Saturday, April 5 in Las Vegas.


    NATIONAL ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
    ---------------------------------------

    Bobby Bones, Amy,
     Lunchbox              The Bobby Bones Show

    Crook & Chase          Crook & Chase Countdown

    Kix Brooks              American Country
                            Countdown with Kix
                            Brooks

    Lia                    The Lia Show

    Lon Helton             Country Countdown USA


    ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR - MAJOR MARKET
    ---------------------------------------------

    Dave and Veronica       WQYK-FM               St. Petersburg, FL

    Donna & "Muss"          KEEY-FM               Minneapolis, MN

    Dr. Don Carpenter;
     Rachael Hunter;
     Grunwald;              WYCD-FM               Detroit, MI
    Jason the 300lb.
     Cowboy

    Edwards & Lee -Chuck
     Edwards & Linda Lee    WYCD-FM               Detroit, MI

    Paul Schadt and Meg
     Geof                   WKKT-FM               Charlotte, NC


    ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR - LARGE MARKET
    ---------------------------------------------

    Big Dave & Chelsie                            WUBE-FM Cincinnati, OH

    Dave O'Brien                                  WLHK-FM Indianapolis, IN

    Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt & Kevin Freeman  WFMS-FM Indianapolis, IN

    Lisa McKay                                    WQDR-FM Raleigh, NC

    Randy Carroll and Jamie Martin                KAJA-FM San Antonio, TX


    ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR - MEDIUM MARKET
    ----------------------------------------------

    Andy Ritchie, Alison West, Jimmy Holt          WIVK-FM Knoxville, TN

    Dan Brennan & Shelby Mitchell                  WKSJ-FM Mobile, AL

    Kevin Richards                                 WGNA-FM Schenectady, NY

    Scott Wynn & Sue Wilson                        WQMX-FM Akron, OH

    Steve Lundy and Gina Melton                    KXKT-FM Omaha, NE


    ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR - SMALL MARKET
    ---------------------------------------------

    Bill Barrett, Tim Fox and Tracy Berry         KKNU-FM         Eugene, OR

    Brian Gary, Todd Harding, and Susan Moore     KUAD-FM         Windsor, CO

    Dex and Mo                                    WUSY- FM        Chattanooga, TN

    Mark Ericson, Karen Kiley                     WOKQ-FM/WPKQ-FM Portsmouth, NH

    Scotty Cox, Cara Denis                        KCLR-FM         Columbia, MO


    RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR - MAJOR MARKET
    ----------------------------------------

    KUPL-FM                               Portland, OR

    WIL-FM                                St. Louis, MO

    WKLB-FM                               Boston, MA

    WSOC-FM                               Charlotte, NC

    WXTU FM                               Philadelphia, PA


    RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR - LARGE MARKET
    ----------------------------------------

    WCTK-FM                          Providence, RI

    WFMS - FM                        Indianapolis, IN

    WLHK-FM                          Indianapolis, IN

    WMIL-FM                          Greenfield, WI

    WQDR-FM                          Raleigh, NC


    RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR - MEDIUM MARKET
    -----------------------------------------

    KXKT-FM                          Omaha, NE

    WBBS-FM                          Syracuse, NY

    WCYQ FM                          Knoxville, TN

    WDXB-FM                          Birmingham, AL

    WKMK FM                          Neptune, NJ


    RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR - SMALL MARKET
    ----------------------------------------

    KSJJ-FM                           Bend, OR

    WGSQ-FM                           Cookeville, TN

    WUSY-FM                           Chattanooga, TN

    WXFL-FM                           Florence, AL

    WYCT-FM                           Pensacola, FL

IMPORTANT NOTE: Awards counts for artists reflect categories in which they have been recognized as individuals or as part of their duo or group. In some cases, an artist may receive more than one nomination which factors into their official count. For example, Tim McGraw received two nominations in the Album of the Year category–one each as artist and producer–because that category recognizes both.

Award recipients in each category are noted above parenthetically in the Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 49(th) Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan and R.A. Clark are executive producers. Barry Adelman is producer. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

Press credential applications to cover the awards in Las Vegas are available from the Media Center at www.ACMcountry.com.

SOURCE Academy of Country Music


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