ACM Awards Preview: Nominees and Free Country Music!

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Back in January, the Academy of Country Music announced it’s nominees for this year’s awards ceremony. The wait to find out who will actually win those awards is almost over, as this weekend marks the 47th annual ACM awards ceremony. To get you ready for the awards show, we’ve put together a list of the nominees and a playlist of some of our favorite country music from the MP3.com database!

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Kenny Chesney looks set to have another big year, being nominated for NINE awards, including Entertainer of the Year! The Tennessee native recieved six nominations as an artist — Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album, Single, Song and Vocal Event of the Year — and three as a producer — Album, Single and Vocal Event of the Year. His No. 1 single, ‘You and Tequila,’ featuring Grace Potter recieved three nominations. His new album Hemmingway’s Whiskey has been another smash hit and shows that he has no intention of slowing down.

Also in the prestigious category of Entertainer of the Year nominations are Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift. For the fourth year in a row, the ACM Awards have a cool twist – the winner of Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year will be chosen by you – the fans! You can cast your vote online.

And while you’re doing that, get yourself in the country mood with these choice country tunes.

Here is a complete list of the 2012 ACM Awards, which will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, April 1st at 8:00 PM ET on CBS.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

• Jason Aldean
• Kenny Chesney
• Brad Paisley
• Blake Shelton
• Taylor Swift

TOP MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

• Jason Aldean
• Kenny Chesney
• Brad Paisley
• Blake Shelton
• Chris Young

TOP FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

• Sara Evans
• Miranda Lambert
• Martina McBride
• Taylor Swift
• Carrie Underwood

TOP VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

• Love and Theft
• Montgomery Gentry
• Steel Magnolia
• Sugarland
• Thompson Square

TOP VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

• The Band Perry
• Eli Young Band
• Lady Antebellum
• Rascal Flatts
• Zac Brown Band

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]

• ‘Chief’ – Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)
Produced by: Arturo Buenahora, Jr., Jay Joyce

• ‘Four the Record’ – Miranda Lambert (RCA)
Produced by: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf

• ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey’ – Kenny Chesney (BNA)
Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

• ‘My Kinda Party’ – Jason Aldean (Broken Bow Records)
Produced by: Michael Knox

• ‘Own the Night’ – Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records Nashville)
Produced by: Lady Antebellum, Paul Worley

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

• ‘Crazy Girl,’ Eli Young Band (Republic Nashville)
Produced by: Mike Wrucke

• ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay,’ Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson (Broken Bow Records)
Produced by: Michael Knox

• ‘Red Solo Cup,’ Toby Keith (Show Dog-Universal Music)
Produced by: Toby Keith

• ‘Tomorrow,’ Chris Young (RCA)
Produced by: James Stroud

• ‘You and Tequila,’ Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter (BNA)
Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

SONG OF THE YEAR [Award to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

• ‘Crazy Girl’ – Eli Young Band
Composers: Lee Brice, Liz Rose
Publishers: Cake Taker Music (BMI), Mike Curb Music (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Sweet Hysteria Music (BMI)

• ‘Home’ – Dierks Bentley
Composers: Brett Beavers, Dierks Bentley, Dan Wilson
Publishers: Big White Tracks (ASCAP), Chestnut Barn Music (BMI), Chrysalis Music/BMG Rights (ASCAP), Chrysalis One Songs (BMI)

• ‘Just a Kiss’ – Lady Antebellum
Composers: Dallas Davidson, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott
Publishers: Dwhaywood Music (BMI), EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI), EMI Foray Music (SESAC), Hillary Dawn Songs (SESAC), Radiobulletspublishing (BMI), String Stretcher Music (BMI) Warner-Tamberlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)

• ‘Threaten Me With Heaven’ – Vince Gill
Composers: Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Dillon O’Brian, Will Owsley
Publishers: Grant Girls Music (ASCAP), Vinny Mae Music (BMI), Willie-O Music (ASCAP)

• ‘You and Tequila’ – Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter
Composers: Matraca Berg, Deana Carter
Publishers: Deanaling Music (ASCAP), Hannaberg Music (BMI), Songs of Universal Inc., (BMI), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)

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

• ‘Tattoos On This Town,’ Jason Aldean
Producer: John Burke
Director: Wes Edwards

• ‘Homeboy,’ Eric Church
Producer: Brandon Arolfo
Director: Peter Zavadil

• ‘Red Solo Cup,’ Toby Keith
Producer: Mark Kalbfeld
Director: Michael Salomon

• ‘Just a Kiss,’ Lady Antebellum
Producer: Don Lepore
Director: Shawn Silva

• ‘Mean,’ Taylor Swift
Producer: Oualid Mouaness
Director: Declan Whitebloom

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

• ‘Country Boy,’ Aaron Lewis featuring George Jones and Charlie Daniels (R&J Records)
Produced by: Aaron Lewis, James Stroud

• ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’ Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson (Broken Bow Records)
Produced by: Michael Knox

• ‘Old Alabama’ Brad Paisley feat. Alabama (Arista Nashville)
Produced by: Frank Rogers

• ‘Remind Me’ Brad Paisley duet with Carrie Underwood (Arista Nashville)
Produced by: Frank Rogers

• ‘You and Tequila’ Kenny Chesney feat. Grace Potter (BNA)
Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney