ACM logo newI don’t see a lot of surprises in this year’s list of ACM Awards. There are some I will argue with, bur for the most part, I’m not unhappy. Seems most of my favorite artists are nominated for something, and I’m sure the rest of my favorites will be right up there with them, in a year or two.

I still have to argue this one though – We have Taylor Swift nominated for Entertainer of the Year (again), and for Female Vocalist of the Year. My problem with this – Taylor belongs in the Entertainer of the Year category. One thing that girl can do is put on an awesome show. But, I don’t believe she belongs in the Female Vocalist category. And if you’d ask Taylor, she’d probably agree. The girl’s vocals are not even close to what we get from Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride or Carrie Underwood.

Love and TheftI was a bit surprised to see Love and Theft in the Vocal Duo category. The kids are great. I’ve always liked them – when they were a trio and now that they are a duo, I still like them. But I don’t think they’ve done much this year, so I was really surprised to see them nominated. And Steel Magnolia, who I just adore, is also nominated in that category. Now that Big Machine Records dropped them, and the kids don’t seem to be performing together anymore, I’m not sure who would even be on hand to accept that award, should they win it.

Fair Chris Young 018I love that Eric Church is nominated for Album of the Year, and that Chris Young is among our Male Vocalist nominees. And how awesome for Lee Brice that the song he wrote for Eli Young Band (“Crazy Girl”) has been nominated for Song of the Year. It is also nominated for Single of the Year.

So, I’m not really surprised with the nominations. Let’s see what happens on awards night, April 1. Maybe I’ll be surprised by some of the winners at the event.

Here are your nominees:

Jason A 1Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Blake 1Male Vocalist
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Chris Young

MartinaFemale Vocalist
Sara Evans
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

113Vocal Duo
Love and Theft
Montgomery Gentry
Steel Magnolia
Sugarland
Thompson Square

Lady Antebellum Friday 199Vocal Group
The Band Perry
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

EricChurch_Chief_Mini_FAlbum of the Year
“Chief” – Eric Church
“Four the Record” – Miranda Lambert
“Hemingway’s Whiskey” – Kenny Chesney
“My Kinda Party” – Jason Aldean
“Own the Night” – Lady Antebellum

EYB Feature 1Single Record of the Year
“Crazy Girl” – Eli Young Band
“Don’t You Wanna Stay” – Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson
“Red Solo Cup” – Toby Keith
“Tomorrow” – Chris Young
“You and Tequila” – Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter

DierksBentleySong of the Year
“Crazy Girl” – Eli Young Band
“Home” – Dierks Bentley
“Just a Kiss” – Lady Antebellum
“Threaten Me With Heaven” – Vince Gill
“You and Tequila” – Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter

Toby, raleigh 2Video of the Year
“Homeboy” – Eric Church
“Just a Kiss” – Lady Antebellum
“Mean” – Taylor Swift
“Red Solo Cup” – Toby Keith
“Tattoos on This Town” – Jason Aldean

Brad 3Vocal Event
“Country Boy” – Aaron Lewis Featuring George Jones and Charlie Daniels
“Don’t You Wanna Stay” – Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson
“Old Alabama” – Brad Paisley Featuring Alabama
“Remind Me” – Brad Paisley Duet With Carrie Underwood
“You and Tequila” – Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter

What do you guys think about the awards? Are there too many (ACM, CMA, ACA, Grammy, People’s Choice, etc. etc, etc.)? Do you think the awards mean a lot to the artists, or are they losing some of the prestige they had when there weren’t quite so many. How to you feel about this year’s nominees? Drop me a line, or leave me a comment. I’d love to know what you think about all this.

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I don’t see a lot of surprises in this year’s list of ACM Awards. There are some I will argue with, bur for the most part, I’m not unhappy. Seems most of my favorite artists are nominated for something, and I’m sure the rest of my favorites will be...