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Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown, Miranda Lambert

and Carrie Underwood Lead ACM Award Noms

by Calvin Gilbert

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Carrie Underwood planted a kiss on her ACM statuette last

year. She took home awards in 2009 for the Entertainer of the

Year and Top Female Vocalist

NEW YORK, New York -- Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown emerged as the top contenders when the nominations for the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were revealed on Tuesday, March 2 in New York City. Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton announced the nominees during a segment of "The Early Show" on CBS.

Lady Antebellum's seven nominations in five categories follow the release of a new album, Need You Now, which has sold than 1 million copies in just four weeks. Lambert and Underwood received six each nominations in five categories, and Brown netted a total of six nominations, including four as a member of the Zac Brown Band and another two as the group's producer.

Taylor Swift received a total of five nominations, including her first entertainer of the year nod from the ACM, and Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley garnered four nominations each. Under the ACM tally, artists receive multiple nominations in certain categories if they wrote the song or produced the recording.

Lady Antebellum led with seven nominations, including top vocal group, album of the year (for their self-titled debut project) and single record of the year, song of the year and video of the year (for "Need You Now"). The trio's members -- Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott -- also picked up additional nominations in the song of the year division for co-writing "Need You Now" with Josh Kear. The single of the year category also netted them an additional nomination for co-producing the track with Paul Worley.

Lambert is up for top female vocalist and album of the year (for Revolution). "White Liar," one of the album's tracks, is nominated in the single record, song and video of the year categories. In addition to her nomination as an artist, she got an additional mention in the song category for co-writing "White Liar" with Natalie Hemby.

Underwood, the ACM's reigning entertainer of the year, is again nominated in the category. She's also nominated as an artist and composer (with Mike Elizondo and Brett James) for song of the year for "Cowboy Casanova." Her collaboration with Randy Travis on "I Told You So" resulted in a nomination for vocal event of the year. Additionally, she's nominated for top female vocalist and album of the year (for Play On). She has been named the ACM's top female vocalist for the three consecutive years.

The Zac Brown Band is nominated for four awards, including entertainer of the year, top new vocal group, album of the year (for The Foundation and single record of the year (for "Toes"). Brown's two additional nominations are as producer in the album and single categories.

In addition to her entertainer of the year nomination, Swift is nominated for top female vocalist. Her hit, "You Belong With Me," is up for video of the year. In addition to her nomination as an artist in the song of the year field, Swift is also nominated for co-writing "You Belong With Me" with Liz Rose.

Chesney's nominations include entertainer of the year (an honor he has already won four times) and top male vocalist. He's also nominated as an artist and producer (with Buddy Cannon) in the vocal event of the year category for "I'm Alive," his recording with Dave Matthews.

Paisley is also up for entertainer of the year and top male vocalist. His American Saturday Night is nominated for album of the year, and "Welcome to the Future" is competing for video of the year.

The other entertainer of the year nominees are Toby Keith, George Strait and Keith Urban. This year's entertainer of the year list includes eight artists, with the winner being determined by online voting by fans. The three categories for newcomers -- top new solo vocalist, vocal group and vocal duo -- will also be opened up to fan voting. The winner in each of those three categories will then move on to compete for overall top new artist, another fan-voted category.

Awards show organizers have also announced that this year's ACM/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award will be given to Montgomery Gentry. Reba McEntire will host the show live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 18. The show will be telecast on CBS.

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45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards
(winners will appear highlighted in red)

Triple Crown Award
Carrie Underwood

Entertainer of the Year
Kenny Chesney
Toby Keith
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban
Zac Brown Band


Top Male Vocalist
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Darius Rucker
George Strait
Keith Urban


Top Female Vocalist
Miranda Lambert
Reba McEntire
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood
Lee Ann Womack


Top Vocal Group
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Randy Rogers Band
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band


Top Vocal Duo
Brooks & Dunn
Joey & Rory
Montgomery Gentry
Steel Magnolia
Sugarland


Top New Artist
Luke Bryan
Gloriana
Joey & Rory


Top New Vocal Solo Vocalist
Luke Bryan
Jamey Johnson
Chris Young


Top New Vocal Duo
Bomshel
Joey & Rory
Steel Magnolia

Top New Vocal Group
Eli Young Band
Gloriana
The Lost Trailers

Album of the Year
(Award to Artist/Producer/Record Company)
"American Saturday Night"
Artist: Brad Paisley
Producers: Chris DuBois, Frank Rogers

"Lady Antebellum"
Artist: Lady Antebellum
Producers: Victoria Shaw, Paul Worley

"Play On"
Artist: Carrie Underwood
Producer: Mark Bright
("Quitter" produced By Max Martin and Shellback for Maratone Productions and Mark Bright)


"Revolution"
Artist: Miranda Lambert
Producers: Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke


"The Foundation"
Artist: Zac Brown Band
Producers: Keith Stegall, Zac Brown


Single Record of the Year
(Award to Artist/Producer/Record Company)
"Need You Now"
Artist: Lady Antebellum
Producers: Lady Antebellum, Paul Worley


"People Are Crazy"
Artist: Billy Currington
Producers: Carson Chamberlain, Billy Currington

"Red Light"
Artist: David Nail
Producers: Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke

"Toes"
Artist: Zac Brown Band
Producers: Keith Stegall, Zac Brown

"White Liar"
Artist: Miranda Lambert
Producers: Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke


Song of the Year
(Award to Composer/Publisher/Artist)
"Cowboy Casanova"
Artist: Carrie Underwood
Writers: Mike Elizondo, Brett James, Carrie Underwood


"Need You Now"
Artist: Lady Antebellum
Writers: Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott


"People Are Crazy"
Artist: Billy Currington
Writers: Bobby Braddock, Troy Jones

"White Liar"
Artist: Miranda Lambert
Writers: Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert

"You Belong With Me"
Artist: Taylor Swift
Writers: Liz Rose, Taylor Swift


Video of the Year
(Award to Producer/Director/Artist)
"Boots On"
Artist: Randy Houser
Producer: Eric Welch
Director: Eric Welch
(Drake Footage: Vickie Vaughn)

"Need You Now"
Artist: Lady Antebellum
Producer: Clarke Gallican
Director: David McClister

"Welcome to the Future"
Artist: Brad Paisley
Producers: Mark Kalbfeld, Jim Shea, Peter Tilden
Director: Jim Shea


"White Liar"
Artist: Miranda Lambert
Producer: Tameron Hedge
Director: Chris Hicky


"You Belong With Me"
Artist: Taylor Swift
Producer: Randy Brewer
Director: Roman White


Vocal Event of the Year
(Award to Artist/Producer/Record Company)
"Hillbilly Bone"
Artists: Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins
Producer: Scott Hendricks


"Honky Tonk Stomp"
Artists: Brooks & Dunn featuring Billy Gibbons
Producers: Ronnie Dunn, Terry McBride

"I Told You So"
Artists: Carrie Underwood featuring Randy Travis
Producer: Mark Bright

"I'm Alive"
Artists: Kenny Chesney with Dave Matthews
Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

"Seeing Stars"
Artists: Jack Ingram featuring Patty Griffin
Producers: Jack Ingram, Jeremy Stover


Home Depot Humanitarian Award
Montgomery Gentry
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ACM Award Winners Announced

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Carrie Underwood shows off her Entertainer of the Year

and Triple Crown Awards at the 45th Annual ACM Awards

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Winners have been announced for the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, a star-studded ceremony broadcast Live on Sunday, April 18 on the CBS Television Network from MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Once again, nearly half a million fans voted for the Entertainer of the Year category and named Carrie Underwood winner of the evening's biggest honor. This is the second year in a row that Underwood has been named Entertainer of the Year.

Underwood is the first female to ever win the Entertainer of the Year award twice and only the 7th female to take the award in the 40 year history of this category; previous winners include Loretta Lynn in 1975, Dolly Parton in 1977, Barbara Mandrell in 1980, Reba McEntire in 1994, Shania Twain in 1999, The Dixie Chicks in 2000 and Underwood's first Entertainer of the Year award in 2009.

Underwood also received the Triple Crown Award, thanks to her past wins for the categories of Entertainer of the Year, Top Female Vocalist and Top New Female Vocalist, which has been won by only one other female artist -- Barbara Mandrell in 2004.

Brad Paisley won Top Male Vocalist and Miranda Lambert won Top Female Vocalist. This is Paisley's fourth consecutive win as Top Male Vocalist and Lambert's first win as Top Female Vocalist. Brooks & Dunn won Top Vocal Duo and, in addition, the pair sang the fan-selected song, "My Maria," as their final Academy of Country Music Awards performance.

Lady Antebellum took home their first Top Vocal Group honor; the group won a total of five honors in three categories during Sunday night's telecast, making them the night's top winners.

Also this evening, Montgomery Gentry was honored with the 9th Annual Academy of Country Music / The Home Depot Humanitarian Award, which salutes an artist or group in the country music industry who is committed to serving others, has a generosity of spirit and a dedication to helping build the dreams of those in need.

Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry devote their time and energy into making the needs of others a priority. They are active participants in many charitable organizations giving their time, talent and treasure. Together, they have strongly served and supported the U.S. military and numerous charitable organizations including the TJ Martell Foundation, which Gentry serves as a board member.

They also provide their individual time to two deserving philanthropies. Montgomery gives his support to Camp Horsin' Around in Lexington, Kentucky, which provides a camp facility equipped for children with serious, chronic illnesses and physical difficulties. Also, Gentry bolsters the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Following is the list of winners in the 16 categories voted on by the membership (excluding the Entertainer of the Year and Top New Artist categories, which were voted on by a combination of professional ACM members and fans):

Entertainer of the Year

Carrie Underwood

Top Male Vocalist of the Year

Brad Paisley

Top Female Vocalist of the Year

Miranda Lambert

Top Vocal Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum

Top Vocal Duo of the Year

Brooks & Dunn

Top New Solo Vocalist of the Year

Luke Bryan

Top New Vocal Duo of the Year

Joey + Rory

Top New Vocal Group of the Year

Gloriana

Top New Artist

Luke Bryan

Album of the Year

[Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company(s)]

Album: "Revolution"

Artist: Miranda Lambert

(Columbia Nashville)

Produced by: Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke

Singe Record of the Year

[Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company(s)]

Single: "Need You Now"

Artist: Lady Antebellum

(Capitol Records Nashville)

Produced by: Lady Antebellum, Paul Worley

Song of the Year

[Awarded to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

Song: "Need You Now"

Artist: Lady Antebellum

Composers: Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott

Publishers: EMI Foray Music (SESAC), Darth Buddha (ASCAP), Dwhaywood Music (BMI), Hillary Dawn Publishing (SESAC), Radiobullets Publishing (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), Year Of The Dog Music (ASCAP)

Video of the Year

[Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]

(Off Camera Award)

Video Song: "White Liar"

Artist: Miranda Lambert

Producer: Tameron Hedge

Director: Chris Hicky

Vocal Event of the Year

[Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/ Record Company(s)]

(Off Camera Award)

Vocal Event Song: "Hillbilly Bone"

Artist: Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins

(Reprise Records / Warner Music Nashville)

Producer: Scott Hendricks

Triple Crown Award

Carrie Underwood

The Home Depot Humanitarian Award

Montgomery Gentry

Fast Facts on this Year's Awards:

This is Reba McEntire's twelfth year hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Brad Paisley is the only artist to win three or more consecutive honors in the Top Male Vocalist of the Year category; this is Paisley's fourth consecutive win.

With this year's win for Top Vocal Duo, Brooks & Dunn have now received an astounding 27 Academy of Country Music Award trophies, the most of any artist in Academy history. Due to this achievement, Brooks & Dunn will be honored at the "ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn

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