By Emily Misencik ‘14
On Thursday, Jan. 26 the Academy of Country Music announced the nominations for the 47th Country Music Awards. Kenny Chesney received nine nominations, leading the pack with his album Hemingway’s Whiskey released in the fall of 2010 and his hit single “You and Tequila” featuring Grace Potter, a first time CMA nominee. Chesney’s nine nominations include Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Vocal Event of the Year. It is also Chesney’s tenth nomination for top male vocalist.
However, Chesney does have some stiff competition from fellow country music singers. Jason Aldean closely trails with six nominations, competing against Chesney for Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. This is Aldean’s second nomination in both categories. Brad Paisely, who received four nominations, was also nominated for Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. Viewers will be interested to see if Chesney will beat Paisley for top Male Vocalist of the Year, which Paisely has won consecutively every year since 2006. Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, also known as Lady Antebellum, lead country music groups with five nominations. Country music favorite Taylor Swift leads female singers with three nominations. Last year, Swift won the coveted Entertainer of the Year award and is the only female nominated for the award this year. Swift is also the youngest nominee at 22.
Fans can vote for their favorite country singers in the New Artist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year categories at VoteACM.com. Voting for New Artist of the Year began on Monday, Jan. 16 and will end two weeks later on Monday, Jan. 30 at noon. Nominations will be announced shortly after voting ends. Fans can then vote for New Artist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year beginning Monday, Mar. 19 at 9 a.m. Voting for New Artist of the Year will end on Sunday, April 1 at 5 p.m., an hour before the live broadcast, while Entertainer of the Year voting will end during the third hour of the broadcast.
The winners of the 47th Academy of Country Music Awards will be announced during the live broadcast on Sunday, April 1st at 8 p.m. on CBS. Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton will co-host the live event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.