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[03/08/06 - 12:00 AM]
Nominations Announced for "The 41st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards," to Be Broadcast Live from Las Vegas May 23 on the CBS Television Network

[via press release from CBS]

(NOTE TO EDITORS: Please note correct time for THE 41ST ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS is 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT)

NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR "THE 41ST ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS," TO BE BROADCAST LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS MAY 23 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

Brad Paisley Leads with Six Nominations; Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland Receive Five Nominations Each; Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood Receive Four Nominations Each; Big & Rich, Dolly Parton and Lee Ann Womack Receive Three Nominations Each

Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood to Perform on This Year's Broadcast

Nominations for the 41ST ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS were announced by multi-platinum selling group Rascal Flatts, double-platinum recording artist Carrie Underwood, both nominated in four categories each, and CBS's "The Early Show" host Hannah Storm at a press conference at the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. The winners in 13 categories will be broadcast live from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Tuesday, May 23 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood will also perform on this year's broadcast.

Brad Paisley leads with six nominations. Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland received five nominations each. Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood received four nominations each, followed by Big & Rich, Dolly Parton and Lee Ann Womack with three nominations each.

Brad Paisley received six nominations, including Top Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for Time Well Wasted. In addition, he was recognized for Single Record of the Year for "Alcohol," and Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for "When I Get Where I Am Going," a duet with Dolly Parton. Paisley already has three Academy of Country Music Awards.

Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland received five nominations each. Brooks & Dunn were nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Top Vocal Duo of the Year and Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year for "Believe." They have previously been awarded 19 Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Academy's prestigious Triple Crown Award. First time nominee Sugarland received nominations for Album of the Year for Twice the Speed of Life, Top New Duo or Vocal Group of the Year and Top Vocal Group of the Year. Sugarland was also recognized in the Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year categories for "Baby Girl." Jennifer Nettles was also nominated for Vocal Event of the Year for "Who Says You Can't Go Home?" with Bon Jovi.

Vince Gill will be the recipient of the 5th Annual Academy of Country Music/Home Depot Humanitarian Award. This honor salutes an artist or group in the country music industry who is committed to serving others, has a generosity of spirit and a dedication to helping build the dreams of those in need. The recipient of The Home Depot Humanitarian Award will have a community playground built in a city of their choice through the efforts of The Home Depot and KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization that brings together volunteers to build much-needed playgrounds in one-day "barn-raising" construction events.

Members of the Academy of Country Music select the nominees and winners of the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. Presenters and additional performers who will appear on the special will be announced at a later date.

Following is the list of final nominees in 13 categories voted by the membership. Winners in each of the following categories will be presented with an ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD during the television broadcast:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR BROOKS & DUNN KENNY CHESNEY TOBY KEITH RASCAL FLATTS KEITH URBAN

TOP MALE VOCALIST DIERKS BENTLEY KENNY CHESNEY BRAD PAISLEY GEORGE STRAIT KEITH URBAN

TOP FEMALE VOCALIST SARA EVANS MARTINA McBRIDE CARRIE UNDERWOOD GRETCHEN WILSON LEE ANN WOMACK

TOP VOCAL GROUP ALABAMA LITTLE BIG TOWN LONESTAR RASCAL FLATTS SUGARLAND

TOP VOCAL DUO BIG & RICH BROOKS & DUNN MONTGOMERY GENTRY VAN ZANT THE WARREN BROTHERS

TOP NEW MALE VOCALIST JASON ALDEAN BILLY CURRINGTON CRAIG MORGAN

TOP NEW FEMALE VOCALIST MIRANDA LAMBERT JULIE ROBERTS CARRIE UNDERWOOD

TOP NEW DUO OR GROUP BIG & RICH LITTLE BIG TOWN SUGARLAND

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

FEELS LIKE TODAY RASCAL FLATTS PRODUCERS: MARK BRIGHT, MARTY WILLIAMS, RASCAL FLATTS LYRIC STREET RECORDS

THERE'S MORE WHERE THAT CAME FROM LEE ANN WOMACK PRODUCERS: BYRON GALLIMORE, GREG DROMAN MCA NASHVILLE

TIME WELL WASTED BRAD PAISLEY PRODUCERS: CHRIS DuBOIS, FRANK ROGERS ARISTA

TOUGH ALL OVER GARY ALLAN PRODUCERS: MARK WRIGHT, GARY ALLAN MCA NASHVILLE

TWICE THE SPEED OF LIFE SUGARLAND PRODUCER: GARTH FUNDIS MERCURY RECORDS

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

ALCOHOL BRAD PAISLEY PRODUCERS: CHRIS DuBOIS, FRANK ROGERS ARISTA

BABY GIRL SUGARLAND PRODUCER: GARTH FUNDIS MERCURY RECORDS

BELIEVE BROOKS & DUNN PRODUCERS: TONY BROWN, RONNIE DUNN, KIX BROOKS ARISTA

BEST I EVER HAD GARY ALLAN PRODUCERS: MARK WRIGHT, GARY ALLAN MCA NASHVILLE

JESUS, TAKE THE WHEEL CARRIE UNDERWOOD PRODUCER: MARK BRIGHT ARISTA

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

BABY GIRL WRITERS: KRISTAIN BUSH (BMI), KRISTEN HALL (ASCAP), JENNIFER NETTLES (ASCAP), LISA SIMONTON (ASCAP), ROBERT HARTLEY (ASCAP), TROY BIESER (ASCAP) DIRKPIT MUSIC (BMI), GREATERGOOD SONGS (ASCAP), JENNIFER NETTLES PUBLISHING (ASCAP), TELEGRAMMUSIC (ASCAP), DRUMBUM MUSIC (ASCAP), TREMOLO BLUE (ASCAP), THE WORLD ASLEEP (ASCAP), SIMONTON MUSIC (ASCAP) SUGARLAND

BELIEVE WRITERS: RONNIE DUNN (BMI), CRAIG WISEMAN (ASCAP) SONY / ATV TREE PUBLISHING CO. (BMI), SHOWBILLY MUSIC (BMI), BIG LOUD SHIRT INDUSTRIES (ASCAP) BROOKS & DUNN

JESUS, TAKE THE WHEEL WRITERS: BRETT JAMES (ASCAP), HILLARY LINDSEY (ASCAP), GORDON SAMPSON (SOCAN) SONY / ATV CROSS KEYS PUBLISHING (ASCAP), ONALY MUSIC / RAYLENE MUSIC (ASCAP), NO SUCH MUSIC (SOCAN), PASSING STRANGER MUSIC (ASCAP), 1609 SONGS (ASCAP), MUSIC OF WINDSWEPT (ASCAP) CARRIE UNDERWOOD

SKIN (SARABETH) WRITERS: DOUG JOHNSON (BMI), JOE HENRY (ASCAP) COOL HAND MUSIC 2004 (ASCAP), MIKE CURB MUSIC / SWEET RADICAL MUSIC (BMI) ADMIN BY MIKE CURB MUSIC C/O KAREN SCHAUBEN PUBLISHING ADMINISTRATION RASCAL FLATTS

WHEN I GET WHERE I'M GOING WRITERS: RIVERS RUTHERFORD (ASCAP), GEORGE TEREN (BMI) UNIVERSAL MUSIC CORP. (ASCAP), MEMPHERSFIELD MUSIC (ASCAP), HOUSE OF FULL CIRCLE PUBLISHING (BMI) BRAD PAISLEY AND DOLLY PARTON

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

AS GOOD AS I ONCE WAS PRODUCER: MARK KALBFELD DIRECTOR: MICHAEL SOLOMAN ARTIST: TOBY KEITH

BELIEVE PRODUCER: STEVE LAMAR DIRECTOR: DEATON FLANIGEN ARTISTS: BROOKS & DUNN

I MAY HATE MYSELF IN THE MORNING PRODUCER: IVY DANE DIRECTOR: TREY FANJOY ARTIST: LEE ANN WOMACK

KEROSENE PRODUCER: HOLLY MILLAR DIRECTOR: TREY FANJOY ARTIST: MIRANDA LAMBERT

WHEN I GET WHERE I'M GOING PRODUCERS: MARK KALBFELD, PETER TILDEN DIRECTOR: JIM SHEA ARTISTS: BRAD PAISLEY AND DOLLY PARTON

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

I PLAY CHICKEN WITH THE TRAIN COWBOY TROY AND BIG & RICH PRODUCERS: JOHN RICH, BIG KENNY, PAUL WORLEY WARNER BROS. RECORDS / RAYBAW

LIKE WE NEVER LOVED AT ALL FAITH HILL WITH TIM McGRAW PRODUCERS: DANN HUFF, FAITH HILL WARNER BROS. RECORDS

WHEN I GET WHERE I'M GOING BRAD PAISLEY AND DOLLY PARTON PRODUCERS: CHRIS DuBOIS, FRANK ROGERS ARISTA

WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T GO HOME JENNIFER NETTLES AND BON JOVI PRODUCERS: JOHN SHANKS, JON BON JOVI, RICHIE SAMBORA, DANN HUFF THE ISLAND DEF JAM MUSIC GROUP

The Academy of Country Music was founded in 1964 with a mission to support, promote, and enhance the advancement of the country music industry worldwide. The Academy, which is comprised of more than 4,000 professional members and a newly established Associate Membership, is headquartered in Burbank, Calif.

The ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS is produced for television by dick clark productions. The show is executive produced by Allen Shapiro and R.A. Clark, and produced by Barry Adelman. The executive in charge of production is Bob Bardo, and the executive in charge is Fran LaMaina.

RATING: To Be Announced





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