Paisley, Underwood, Swift, Hough Score Academy of Country Music Nods

This year, the Academy of Country Music Awards won’t just be about the gold. Or, as is its wont, the red, white and blue. This year, it’s all about the Paisley.

Brad Paisley scored a leading six nominations for the ACM Awards this morning, including nods for Male Vocalist and Vocal Event of the Year, as well as one for the big enchilada, Entertainer of the Year.

Paisley shares his Vocal Event of the Year nod with fellow honky-tonk heavyweight Keith Urban for their duet, “Start a Band,” but goes solo for his other nominations, including his impressive triple-play nods for Record, Song and Video of the Year for “Waitin’ on a Woman.”

Also making the cut is a vertiable Nashville who’s-who (and in some cases a who’s-that?), including Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Toby Keith, Sugarland, George Strait, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and one Julianne Hough.

Joining Paisley in the all-important Entertainer of the Year category is Chesney, the historically unstoppable winner, along with Strait, Underwood and Urban.

Former Trick Pony vocalist Heidi Newfield racked up five nods, Chesney earned four, while Underwood and Urban each scored three, with the American Idol alum also up for Top Female Vocalist and Video of the Year for “Just a Dream.”

She vies against Swift, Newfield, Lee Ann Womack and Miranda Lambert for the former category.

As for Swift, she’s up for two awards and competes against Underwood for both: In addition to her Top Female Vocalist nod, Swift rated a nod for Video of the Year for the pervasive “Love Story.”

To see the full list of nominees check out the link below!


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