ACM 45 I’m already getting hyped up for the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The event will be telecast live from Las Vegas on Sunday, April 18, at 8 p.m.

Voting for the early ACM Awards nominations will begin on Feb. 26. When I read this list, my first thought was, “can’t we just give them all something?” What a great group of nominees.

Chris Young Walmart 345 Nominated for Top New Solo Vocalist are Luke Bryan, Jamey Johnson and Chris Young. Absolutely love Luke and Chris – but that’s probably because I’ve seen them both in concert, and I even got to meet them both. And they’re really super nice people. Chris just hung out with us, both times I saw him. Oh, and their music is good, too! I’d say, let’s give this one to all of them.

Bomshel3 Top new vocal duo nominees are Steel Magnolia, Joey and Rory and Bomshel.  It doesn’t get any better than that. I know Steel Magnolia are relatively new, and Joey and Rory haven’t had a lot of success with having their songs played on a lot of radio stations – but I still think they’re all really good.

Could it just be that country music in general is turning into something extremely easy for me to love? Maybe.

Click on “read the rest of this entry below” to find out who the other early nominations went to.

Lost Trailers Thursday 058 Then we have the nominees for Top New Vocal Group. And here we go again. I’ve seen both Eli Young Band and The Lost Trailers shows. I thought they were both fantastic. Great shows, great music and a lot of energy. I’ve never seen Gloriana, but I like their music.

Luke Bryan 002 You can start voting at VoteACM.com on Friday, Feb. 26, at 9 a.m. On April 1, the winners will be on the ACM New Artist Special. More about that later.

If you visit the link (where you will vote) now, you can see some photos and videos from last year’s awards s how. It’s GAC’s page, and they even have orange carpet videos, back stage interviews, and a lot more.

Joey Rory I’m always the first one to say something like … “The awards really aren’t all that important.” “What’s most important is selling CDs, and getting fans to come to your concerts.” But still, I’m the first one to plop myself down on the sofa with a big bowl of popcorn and a class of Diet Pepsi to wait for them to come on. And ever year, I’m excited to see who wins. And of course – who is who, and who is wearing what.

I better get going. We’ve got snow moving in tomorrow afternoon, George Strait and Reba in Knoxville tomorrow night, and a very nasty weekend weather-wise. I love it when the weather forecasters try to cover their tracks though … “this storm may move to our east…” If that’s a possibility, I vote for that. I’m not going to the concert in Knoxville, but I do have someone who is, so should have pictures to put up sometime soon.

You guys enjoy your Thursday. I’ll talk to you soon!
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I’m already getting hyped up for the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The event will be telecast live from Las Vegas on Sunday, April 18, at 8 p.m. Voting for the early ACM Awards nominations will begin on Feb. 26. When I read this list,...