Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw Lead ACM Awards Nominations

8:59 AM PST 01/29/2014 by Chuck Dauphin, Billboard
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Miranda Lambert at the 2013 ACM Awards

Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Kacey Musgraves and Lee Brice are all up for five prizes at the 49th annual ceremony, set to air live on Sunday, April 6.

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The nominations were announced for the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday morning, and two of the format's veteran performers found at the top of the nominations list.

Tim McGraw and Miranda Lambert were the top artists with seven nominations apiece. McGraw -- who won the ACM Top New Male Vocalist trophy back in 1995 -- is in the running for Album of the Year for Two Lanes Of Freedom, Single Record, Vocal Event, and Video of the Year for "Highway Don't Care" alongside Taylor Swift and Keith Urban. He received three more nods for his production efforts in the Album, Single, and Vocal Event categories.

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Miranda Lambert tallied her third consecutive nomination in the Entertainer of the Year category and her eighth for Female Vocalist, which she has won the past four years. She also is up for Single Record, Song, and Video for "Mama's Broken Heart." Lambert is a double nominee in the Vocal Event of the Year listing for "We Were Us," her chart-topping hit with Keith Urban, as well as for "Boys ‘Round Here," with husband Blake Shelton -- where she contributed vocals as a member of the Pistol Annies.

Urban was right behind with six. The American Idol judge is up for Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as three awards for "Highway Don't Care" and a nomination for "We Were Us," for which he also gained a nod for being a producer on the track.

Up for five awards are Lee Brice, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves. Fresh off her double win night at the Grammys, the Mercury recording artist is in the running for Female Vocalist, Video of the Year ("Blowin' Smoke"), Song of the Year (for her part in co-writing Lambert's "Mama's Broken Heart"), and Album of the Year for Same Trailer Different Park, for which she also received a production nod.

In the top category, reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan has a chance to repeat, vying for the prize with George Strait, Lambert, Shelton and Swift. Bryan is also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year alongside Jason Aldean, Brice, Shelton, and Urban, as well as for Album of the Year for his Crash My Party disc – which is included among albums from McGraw, Musgraves, Shelton, and Florida Georgia Line.

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As far as surprises went, Sheryl Crow was included in the Female Vocalist of the Year category -- her first such nomination. Crow released Feels Like Home for Warner Brothers last September. Rising duo Dan + Shay (also on Warner Brothers) totally bypassed the New Artist category and earned consideration for Vocal Duo of the Year, and Gary Allan – who is absent from awards show lists far too often – has a chance to walk away with the Song of the Year prize, as he co-wrote "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)" with Hillary Lindsey and Matthew Warren.

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 and 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, Brice, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Musgraves, Thomas Rhett and Parmalee are the semi-finalists for this year's ACM New Artist of the Year. These top eight 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 three 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 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be hosted by Shelton and Bryan on Sunday, April 6 on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and are produced by Dick Clark Productions. 

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List of ACM Awards Nominees:

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 Shelton
Producer: Scott Hendricks
Record Label: Warner Bros. Records

Crash My Party – Luke Bryan
Producer: Jeff Stevens
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

Here's To The Good Times – Florida Georgia Line
Producer: Joey Moi
Record Label: Republic Nashville

Same Trailer Different Park – Kacey Musgraves
Producers: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
Record Label: Mercury Records

Two Lanes Of Freedom – Tim McGraw
Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw
Record Label: Big Machine Records

Single Record of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
Cruise – Florida Georgia Line
Producer: Joey Moi
Record Label: Republic Nashville

Highway Don't Care – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw
Record Label: Big Machine Records

I Drive Your Truck – Lee Brice
Producers: Lee Brice, Kyle Jacobs, Matt McClure
Record Label: Curb Records

Mama's Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert
Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
Record Label: RCA Nashville

Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum
Producer: Frank Rogers
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

Song of the Year [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]
Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain) – Gary Allan
Songwriters: Gary Allan, Hillary Lindsey, Matthew Warren
Publishers: Always Alone Songs (ASCAP), Crystal Beach Music (BMI), Raylene Music (ASCAP)

I Drive Your Truck – Lee Brice
Songwriters: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Jimmy Yeary
Publishers: 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 Lambert
Songwriters: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
Publishers: 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 Shelton
Songwriters: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Deric Ruttan
Publishers: 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 Antebellum
Songwriters: Bob Dylan, Ketch Secor
Publishers: 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 Perry
Producer: Eric Williams
Director: Declan Whitebloom

Blowin' Smoke – Kacey Musgraves
Producer: Josh Goldstein
Director: Honey 

Highway Don't Care – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
Producers: Tameron Hedge, Chandra LaPlume
Director: Shane Drake

I Drive Your Truck – Lee Brice
Producer: Karen Martin
Director: Eric Welch

Mama's Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert
Producer: Reagan Rosson
Director: Trey Fanjoy

Two Black Cadillacs – Carrie Underwood
Producer: Steve Lamar
Director: 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 & Friends
Producer: Scott Hendricks
Record Label: Warner Bros. Records

Cruise (Remix) – Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly
Producers: Joey Moi, Jason Nevins
Record Label: Republic Nashville

Highway Don't Care – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw
Record Label: Big Machine Records

Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum
Producer: Frank Rogers
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

We Were Us – Keith Urban And Miranda Lambert
Producers: Nathan Chapman, Keith Urban
Record Labels: Capitol Records Nashville, Hit Red Records, RCA Nashville

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