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2007 ACM Award Nominees

The Academy of Country Music is set to air May 15th and has announced its list of nominees for the show. This years show is shaping up to make history with artists potentially breaking or matching records of awards won by other artists over the years.

Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts both nominated for Entertainer of the Year can join the small group of Triple Crown winners if either of them wins. The Triple Crown consists of artists that have won the Top New Vocalist/Duo/Group award, the Top Male/Female/Group award and the Entertainer of the Year award. Currently there are only six artists that have done this, Barbara Mandrell, Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Dixie Chicks, Mickey Gilley and Merle Haggard.

Rascal Flatts could tie Alabama’s record of 5 wins in a row in the Top Vocal Group category if they win. Brooks & Dunn holds the record for more awards than any other artist in ACM history, 21 total so far. George Strait could take that honor away if he wins all eight of the awards for which he is nominated. Brooks & Dunn also holds the record for number of awards won the Top Vocal Duo category, they have won 13 times, The Judds are the closest to that record with 7 wins in 7 years.

Kenny Chesney could join an elite group of winners if he snags the Entertainer of the Year award again this year. There are only 3 artists that have managed to take this award home 3 years or more in a row, those are Alabama – 5 years in a row, Garth Brooks – 4 years in a row and Hank Williams Jr. – 3 years in a row.

Merle Haggard has managed to do something no other performer has done in the 42 year history of the ACMs, he has been nominated for an award in each decade, the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and now the 21st century for his duet with Gretchen Wilson.

Here is a list of the awards and nominees:

Entertainer of the Year
Brooks & Dunn
George Strait
Kenny Chesney
Rascal Flatts
Tim McGraw

Top Male Vocalist of the Year
Kenny Chesney
Toby Keith
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Keith Urban

Top Female Vocalist of the Year
Sara Evans
Faith Hill
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Carrie Underwood

Top Vocal Group of the Year
Diamond Rio
Emerson Drive
Little Big Town
Lonestar
Rascal Flatts

Top Vocal Duo of the Year
Big & Rich
Brooks & Dunn
Sugarland
Montgomery Gentry
The Wreckers

Top New Male Vocalist of the Year
Rodney Atkins
Craig Morgan
Chris Young

Top New Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert
Kellie Pickler
Taylor Swift

Top New Duo or Vocal Group of the Year
Heartland
The Wreckers
Little Big Town

Album of the Year
Hillbilly Deluxe by Brooks & Dunn
It Just Comes Natural by George Strait
Me and My Gang by Rascal Flatts
Some Hearts by Carrie Underwood
These Days by Vince Gill

Single of the Year
Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood
Give it Away by George Strait
I Loved Her First by Heartland
What Hurts the Most by Rascal Flatts
Would You Go with Me by Josh Turner

Song of the Year
Amarillo Sky by Jason Aldean
Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood
Give it Away by George Strait
If You’re Going Thru Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows) by Rodney Atkins
Would You Go with Me by Josh Turner

Video of the Year
8th of November by Big & Rich
Amarillo Sky by Jason Aldean
Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood
Hillbilly Deluxe by Brooks & Dunn
Seashores of Old Mexico by George Strait

Vocal Event of the Year
Building Bridges by Brooks & Dunn w/Vince Gill & Sheryl Crow
I Don’t Want To by Ashley Monroe & Ronnie Dunn
Me and God by Josh Turner w/Dr. Ralph Stanley, Marty Roe, Dana Williams and Gene Johnson
Politically Incorrect by Gretchen Wilson w/Merle Haggard
That’s How They Do It in Dixie by Hank Williams Jr w/Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich and Van Zant

Can one of the other duos up for that award wrestle it away from Brooks & Dunn? Is this going to be another night where Carrie Underwood takes all the awards she is up for? Can anyone other than Rascal Flatts win the group award? Tune in on May 15th on CBS to see and stop by the Country Music Forum and let us know what your picks are!


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