Strait's 8 ACM noms 'Just Comes Natural'


NASHVILLE -- George Strait, whose first single charted in 1981, leads all nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards with eight, including entertainer of the year and top male vocalist. Strait's last ACM win came in 1997, when he picked up three awards.

The nominations were announced Monday at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. The nominees were introduced by reigning ACM entertainer of the year Kenny Chesney, who picked up two nominations, including entertainer, and Sugarland, who is nominated in the top vocal duo division.

Brooks & Dunn earned seven nominations, including entertainer and album of the year, while the duo's Ronnie Dunn picked up an additional nod in the vocal event category for "I Don't Want To," on which he appeared with Ashley Monroe.

Meanwhile, Rascal Flatts scored six nominations, including entertainer of the year, best album and best single.

A two-time winner in 2006, Carrie Underwood received five nominations, including top female vocalist and album of the year, while duo Big & Rich got four. Individually, the pair's John Rich also picked up a nomination for producing Gretchen Wilson's single "Politically Uncorrect," which features Merle Haggard and is nominated in the vocal event category.

Vince Gill, John Turner and Wilson all received three nominations each.

The 42nd annual ACM Awards will be held May 15 in Las Vegas. The show will air on CBS.

A complete list of nominees follows:


Brooks & Dunn
Kenny Chesney
Tim McGraw
Rascal Flatts
George Strait


Kenny Chesney
Toby Keith
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Keith Urban


Sara Evans
Faith Hill
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Carrie Underwood
Diamond Rio
Emerson Drive
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts


Big & Rich
Brooks & Dunn
Montgomery Gentry
The Wreckers


Rodney Atkins
Craig Morgan
Chris Young


Miranda Lambert
Kellie Pickler
Taylor Swift


Little Big Town
The Wreckers

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

Hillbilly Deluxe - Brooks & Dunn (Arista Nashville)
Produced by Tony Brown, Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks
#3 Produced by Mark Wright, Tony Brown, Ronnie Dunn, Kix Brooks
# 6 Original demo produced by Kix Brooks, Tom Shapiro

 It Just Comes Natural - George Strait (MCA Nashville)
Produced by Tony Brown, George Strait

Me and My Gang - Rascal Flatts (Lyric Street Records)
Produced by Dann Huff, Rascal Flatts

Some Hearts - Carrie Underwood (19 Recordings Limited/Arista Records)
#1, 2, 4, 7, 10 & 13 Produced by Mark Bright
#3, 6, 8, 9, 11 & 12 Produced by Dann Huff

These Days - Vince Gill (MCA Nashville)
Produced by Vince Gill, John Hobbs, Justin Niebank

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

Before He Cheats
Carrie Underwood, Produced by Mark Bright
19 Recordings Limited/Arista Records

 Give It Away
George Strait, Produced by Tony Brown, George Strait
MCA Nashville

I Loved Her First
Heartland, Produced by Walt Aldridge
Lofton Creek Records

What Hurts the Most
Rascal Flatts, Produced by Dann Huff, Rascal Flatts
Lyric Street Records

Would You Go With Me
Josh Turner, Produced by Frank Rogers
MCA Nashville

SONG OF THE YEAR [Award to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]
Amarillo Sky
Jason Aldean
Writers: John Rich, Big Kenny, Rodney Clawson, Bart Pursley
Publishers: � 2005 Rich Texan Music (ASCAP), Bound For Sound Music (ASCAP) All     rights admin. By WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) Big Love Music (BMI) Admin. By Carol     Vincent and Associates. Grinnin' Girl Music (BMI) Bar Two Beat One Music (ASCAP)     Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Before He Cheats
Carrie Underwood
 Writers: Chris Tompkins, Josh Kear
 Publishers: That Little House Music (ASCAP)/ Mighty Underdog Music/Sony/ATV Cross     Keys Publishing (ASCAP)

Give It Away
    George Strait
    Writers: Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon, Jamey Johnson
    Publishers: � 2006 Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Mr. Bubba Music, Inc., admin. by Sony/ATV     Music Publishing (BMI); Run Slow Music, admin. By ICG (ASCAP); EMI Blackwood     Music Inc. (BMI)

 If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)
    Rodney Atkins
    Writers: Sam and Annie Tate, Dave Berg
    Publishers: Gravonitron Music, Whaddayadef Music, Cal IV Songs, BerdBrain Music

Would You Go With Me
    Josh Turner
    Writers: Shawn Camp, John Scott Sherrill
    Publishers: � 2005 Sony/ATV Songs LLC/All Mighty Dog Music/Travelin' Arkansawyer     Music, admin. By Sony/ATV Music Publishing; Sony/ATV Songs LLC/All Mighty Dog     Music/City Wolf Music, admin. By Sony/ATV Music Publishing (BMI)

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

8th of November - Big & Rich
    Producer: Steve Lamar
    Director: George Deaton, Robert Flanigan, Marc Oswald

Amarillo Sky -     Jason Aldean
    Producer: Brittany Hailes
    Director: Wes Edwards

Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood
    Producer: Randy Brewer
    Director: Roman White

Hillbilly Deluxe - Brooks & Dunn
    Producer: Mark Kalbfeld
    Director: Michael Salomon

Seashores of Old Mexico - George Strait
    Producer: Shelli Jury
    Director: Trey Fanjoy

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

Building Bridges - Brooks & Dunn with Vince Gill & Sheryl Crow
    Produced by Tony Brown, Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks
    Arista Nashville

I Don't Want To - Ashley Monroe & Ronnie Dunn
    Produced by Mark Wright
    Columbia Nashville

Me and God - Josh Turner featuring Dr. Ralph Stanley and Marty Roe, Dana Williams and Gene Johnson of Diamond Rio
    Produced by Frank Rogers
    MCA Nashville

Politically Uncorrect - Gretchen Wilson featuring Merle Haggard
    Produced by Gretchen Wilson, John Rich and Mark Wright
    Columbia Nashville

That's How They Do It In Dixie - Hank Williams Jr. with Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich and Van Zant
    Produced by Doug Johnson for Curb Productions
    Curb Records