ACM Nominations: Kenny Chesney Back on Top with 9 Nominations

The nominations for the Academy of Country Music’s 47th annual awards show were announced Thursday morning and Kenny Chesney leads the pack with an astounding nine nominations. Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum were also among the most nominated artists with six and five nominations respectively, while a horde of other artists received multiple nods as well. If y’all were wondering if I’d voice my opinion about each category, then you’d be correct! Read on to see the snubs and surprises among this year’s list of nominees.

Entertainer of the Year

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

This is what the list of Entertainer nominees should’ve looked like at last year’s CMA awards. However, they felt multiple time winner Kenny Chesney wasn’t deserving of a nomination. Thankfully, the ACM’s added him to the mix this year over Keith Urban. Considering this is a partially fan voted award, look to Taylor Swift to be crowned Entertainer of the Year for a second consecutive year.

Male Vocalist of the Year

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

Surprise: For the first time since 2002, Keith Urban is left out of contention for this award. In fact, this is the first time since 2001 the singer is not among the nominees in any of the categories. Urban was bumped out of contention in favor of one of country’s newest top male vocalists, Chris Young. This is Young’s first nomination in this category,and he has a great chance at upsetting favorites Shelton and Aldean.

Female Vocalist of the Year

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

Surprise: Martina McBride sneaks into this category after securing her first top 10 single in several years with “I’m Going to Love You Through It.”

Snub: Awards show host Reba was once again overlooked in favor of McBride.

Vocal Duo of the Year

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

Surprise: The Academy is running out of duos as they nominated the barely known Love and Theft and the now no longer together Steel Magnolia.

Snub: The Civil Wars snuck into the race at last year’s CMA awards but failed to get any love from the ACMs, though they’d be a better choice than Love and Theft.

Vocal Group of the Year

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

Snub: No Little Big Town?! No Pistol Annies?!?!

Album of the Year

  • Chief – Eric Church
  • Four the Record – Miranda Lambert
  • Hemingway’s Whiskey – Kenny Chesney
  • My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean
  • Own the Night – Lady Antebellum

Surprise: Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party is still eligible for an Album nod two years after its release??

Single Record of the Year

  • “Crazy Girl” – Eli Young Band
  • “Don’t You Wanna Stay” – Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson
  • “Red Solo Cup” – Toby Keith
  • “Tomorrow” – Chris Young
  • “You and Tequila” – Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter

Surprise: Toby Keith’s awful song about a cup somehow managed to sneak its way into this category…I just don’t get the love affair the ACMs has with Keith. Chris Young’s massive hit, I thought, was a lock to receive love from the CMAs but that didn’t happen. Thankfully the ACM picked up on how big of a hit it was that they included it here, kudos ACMs!

Snub: Thompson Square’s massive debut hit, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?,” failed to land in this category despite being the most played song in 2011. After one of the longest climbs to number one in Billboard history, David Nail’s “Let it Rain” was ignored this year.

Song of the Year

  • “Crazy Girl” – Eli Young Band (written by Lee Brice and Liz Rose)
  • “Home” – Dierks Bentley (written by Brett Beavers, Dierks Bentley, Dan Wilson)
  • “Just a Kiss” – Lady Antebellum (written by Dallas Davidson, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott)
  • “Threaten Me with Heaven” – Vince Gill (written by Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Dillon O’Brian, Will Owsley)
  • “You and Tequila” – Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter (written by Matraca Berg, Deana Carter)

Surprise: Dierks Bentley‘s latest single made a late charge to get into this category while the brilliant Vince Gill song beat out multiple smash singles to land in the final five.

Snub: Sara Evans’ comeback hit “A Little Bit Stronger” was left completely off the list even though it was one of the year’s finest singles. Taylor Swift received love in other categories but was surprisingly snubbed of a Song nod for her brilliant hit, “Mean.”

Video of the Year

  • “Homeboy” – Eric Church
  • “Just a Kiss” – Lady Antebellum
  • “Mean” – Taylor Swift
  • “Red Solo Cup” – Toby Keith
  • “Tattoos on this Town” – Jason Aldean

Surprise: Eric Church somehow managed to squeeze into this category over video favorites like Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney. The less-than-stellar “Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith garnered a nomination despite its cheap production and plot line.

Snub: Brad Paisley received no love for his two videos for “Old Alabama” and “Remind Me.” Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter walked away with a CMA award for Video of the Year for the stellar “You and Tequila” but failed to nab a nomination here.

Vocal Event of the Year

  • “Country Boy” – Aaron Lewis featuring George Jones and Charlie Daniels
  • “Don’t You Wanna Stay” – Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson
  • “Old Alabama” – Brad Paisley featuring Alabama
  • “Remind Me” – Brad Paisley duet with Carrie Underwood
  • “You and Tequila” – Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter

Surprise: The debut country single from rocker-turned-country artist Aaron Lewis bumped out more superior songs that should’ve been included in this category.

Snub: David Nail’s smash hit “Let it Rain” featured beautiful harmonies by Sarah Buxton and should have been nominated multiple times at this year’s awards ceremony.


Filed under Awards Shows, Country News

2 responses to “ACM Nominations: Kenny Chesney Back on Top with 9 Nominations

  1. rowdyred

    I’m stunned….”Red Solo Cup” is contending for Single of the Year???? “Are You Gonna Kiss Me…..” is not even in the category????

    Now I’m afraid to watch the show because it’s clear to me that H.L. Mencken was right: No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American Public.

  2. Wehills

    Keith Urban is entertainer of the year as far as à live performance goes and hè doesnt need à trophy for everyone to know that. The acm needs à live performance category and then à top sales category I suppose.

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