2012 ACM Awards Nominees Announced

Today the ACM Award Nominations for 2012 were announced and Kenny Chesney leads the nominations with nine and is followed by Jason Aldean with six and Lady Antebellum with five, Brad Paisley with four and four other artists with three each. Read on to find out more.

The songs nominated for Single Record of the Year are "Crazy Girl," "Don't You Wanna Stay," "Red Solo Cup," "Tomorrow," and "You and Tequila." as singles each of these songs makes a lot of sense but the inclusion of "Red Solo Cup" is sure to surprise many.

The Song of the Year category is an award that goes to the songwriter(s), their publishers and the artist. "Crazy Girl" - written by Liz Rose and Lee Brice - and "You And Tequila" - written by Matraca Berg and Deana Carter -  are the only two repeats from the Single Record of the Year list. Dierks Bentley's "Home," Lady Antebellum's "Just A Kiss," and Vince Gill's fantastic "Threaten Me With Heaven" are the other nominees. This award is a songwriting award more than a performance award so it's awesome to see Gill get nominated for a song that didn't get much love as a radio single but rivials "Home" and "You and Tequila" as the best-written songs here.

The Album of the Year category features Chief from Eric Church, Four The Record from Miranda Lambert,  My Kinda Party from Jason Aldean, Hemingway's Whiskey from Kenny Chesney, and Own The Night from Lady Antebellum.

Entertainer of the Year features returning nominees Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and Taylor Swift along with first-time nominees, Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton.

The Male vocalist nominees are Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and in a mild surpise but well deserved, Chris Young. The female category features the only five females to regularly grace the Top 20 at country radio this year in Carrie Underwood, Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Taylor Swift.

The Vocal Group of the Year features The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and Zac Brown Band. The Vocal Duo of the Year is joined by Montgomery Gentry, Steel Magnolia, Sugarland, Thompsan Square and Love and Theft.

The Vocal Event of the Year category features the songs "Don't You Wanna Stay" from Aldean/Clarkson, "Old Alabama" from Brad Paisley and Alabama, "Remind Me" from Paisley and Carrie Underwood, "You and Tequila" from Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter and finally, the biggest surprise nominee, perhaps, "Country Boy," Aaron Lewis featuring George Jones and Charlie Daniels.

Video of the Year features the videos for "Tattoos On This Town" from Jason Aldean, "Homeboy" from Eric Church, "Red Solo Cup" from Toby Keith, "Just A Kiss" from Lady Antebellum and "Mean" from Taylor Swift.

There's a new songwriter of the year category and it features Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip along with Luke Laird and David Lee Murphy. Producer  of the Year features Mark Bright, Buddy Cannon, Nathan Chapman, Jay Joyce and Frank Liddell.

Read below to find the complete breakdown of nominees. The show will be broadcast on April 1, 2012.

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Female Vocalist of the Year
Sara Evans
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Chris Young

Vocal Group of the Year
The Band Perry
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year
Love and Theft
Montgomery Gentry
Steel Magnolia
Thompson Square

New Artist of the Year (Announced Jan. 30)

Album of the Year
[Award to Artist/Producer/Record Company]
Chief — Eric Church (EMI Nashville) [Producer: Jay Joyce, Arturo Bunahora, Jr.]
Four the Record — Miranda Lambert (RCA) [Producer: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell]
Hemingway’s Whiskey — Kenny Chesney (BNA) [Producer: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney)
My Kinda Party — Jason Aldean (Broken Bow) [Producer: Michael Knox]
Own The Night — Lady Antebellum (Capitol Nashville) [Producer: Lady Antebellum, Paul Worley]

Song of the Year
[Award to Composer/Publisher/Artist]
“Crazy Girl” — Eli Young Band (Composers: Liz Rose, Lee Brice) [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: Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Dillon O’Brian, Will Owsley) [Publishers: Grant Girls Music (ASCAP), Vinny Mae Music (BMI), Willie-O Music (ASCAP)]
“You and Tequila” — Kenny Chesney (Composers: Matraca Berg, Deana Carter) [Publishers: Deanaling Music (ASCAP), Hannaberg Music (BMI), Songs of Universal Inc., (BMI), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)]

Single Record of the Year
[Award to Artist/Producer/Record Company]
“Crazy Girl” — Eli Young Band (Republic Nashville) [Producer: Mike Wrucke]
“Don’t You Wanna Stay” — Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson (Broken Bow) [Producer: Michael Knox]
“Red Solo Cup” — Toby Keith (Show Dog-Universal) [Producer: Toby Keith]
“Tomorrow” — Chris Young (RCA) [Producer: James Stroud]
“You and Tequila” — Kenny Chesney feat. Grace Potter (BNA) [Producer: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney]

Vocal Event of the Year
[Award to Artist/Producer/Record Company]
“Country Boy” — Aaron Lewis feat. George Jones and Charlie Daniels (R&J Records) [Producer: Aaron Lewis, James Stroud]
“Don’t You Wanna Stay” — Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson (Broken Bow) [Producer: Michael Knox]
“Old Alabama” — Brad Paisley feat. Alabama (Arista) [Producer: Frank Rogers]
“Remind Me” — Brad Paisley with Carrie Underwood (Arista) [Producer: Frank Rogers]
“You and Tequila” — Kenny Chesney feat. Grace Potter (BNA) [Producer: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney]

Video of the Year
[Award to Producer/Director/Artist]
“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]

Songwriter of the Year
Rhett Akins
Dallas Davidson
Ben Hayslip
Luke Laird
David Lee Murphy

Promoter of the Year
Ben Ferrell Varnell Enterprises, Inc.
Brad Garrett Police Productions
Brian O’Connell Live Nation
Glenn Smith Glenn & Linda Present
Ed Warm Joe’s Bar

Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year
Ethan Hirsch Wilson Events
Jimmy Jay Jayson Promotions, Inc.
R.J. Kaltenbach Klein’s Attractions
Gary Osier Gary Osier Presents
Huston Powell C3 Presents

Venue of the Year
BOK Center Tulsa, OK
Bridgestone Arena Nashville, TN
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Chicago, IL
Jiffy Lube Live Bristow, VA
Sprint Center Kansas City, MO

Nightclub of the Year
Billy Bob’s Texas Ft. Worth, TX
Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace Bakersfield, CA
Grizzly Rose Denver, CO
Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill Minneapolis, MN
Wormy Dog Oklahoma City, OK

Casino of the Year
Agua Caliente Casino Rancho Mirage, CA
IP Casino Biloxi, MS
Island Resort Casino Harris, MI
Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, NV
WinStar World Casino Thackerville, OK

Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year
Eric Darken
Aubrey Haynie
Ilya Toshinsky
John Willis
Jonathan Yudkin

Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year
Tony Harrell
John Hobbs
John Jarvis
Charlie Judge
Michael Rojas

Fiddle Player of the Year
Glen Duncan
Stuart Duncan
Larry Franklin
Joe Spivey
Jonathan Yudkin

Steel Guitar Player of the Year
Paul Franklin
Mike Johnson
Greg Leisz
Russ Pahl
Scotty Sanders

Guitarist of the Year
J.T. Corenflos
Kenny Greenberg
Jay Joyce
Brent Mason
Adam Shoenfeld

Percussionist/Drummer of the Year
Matt Chamberlain
Chad Cromwell
Shannon Forrest
Chris McHugh
Greg Morrow

Bass Player of the Year
Mike Brignardello
Kevin “Swine” Grantt
Mark Hill
Michael Rhodes
Jimmy Lee Sloas

Audio Engineer of the Year
Jeff Balding
Derek Bason
John Kelton
Mills Logan
Justin Niebank

Producer of the Year
Mark Bright
Buddy Cannon
Nathan Chapman
Jay Joyce
Frank Liddell