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Brad Paisley leads ACM noms, Carrie Underwood up for Entertainer of the Year

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Paisleyunderwood_lBrad Paisley led the field this morning with six nominations for the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which will air April 5 on CBS and once again be hosted by Reba McEntire. Paisley is pitted against Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Keith Urban, and Carrie Underwood for the top prize, Entertainer of the Year. Though I’m backing Urban in the fan-voted category (voteACM.com), it’s worth noting that Underwood would be only the 7th woman to take the title – and the first since the Dixie Chicks in 2000. This year, fans will also weigh in on the three newcomer categories (female, male, vocal duo or group) by voting on GACTV.com. The winners will then move on to a new category, Top New Artist. George Strait, who received three nominations, was also named Artist of the Decade, and will be honored in a CBS special airing later this year.

See the full list of nominees after the jump. (Note: Album of the Year contenders will be announced in March.)

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban

TOP MALE VOCALIST
Kenny Chesney
Toby Keith
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Keith Urban

TOP FEMALE VOCALIST
Miranda Lambert
Heidi Newfield
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood
Lee Ann Womack

TOP VOCAL GROUP
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
Randy Rogers Band
The Lost Trailers

TOP VOCAL DUO
Big & Rich
Brooks & Dunn
Joey & Rory
Montgomery Gentry
Sugarland

TOP NEW MALE VOCALIST**
Jamey Johnson
James Otto
Jake Owen

TOP NEW FEMALE VOCALIST**
Sarah Buxton
Julianne Hough
Ashton Shepherd

TOP NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP**
Eli Young Band
The Lost Trailers
Zac Brown Band

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company] 
“Gunpowder & Lead” by Miranda Lambert
“In Color” by Jamey Johnson
“Johnny & June” by Heidi Newfield
“Waitin’ On A Woman” by Brad Paisley
“You’re Gonna Miss This” by Trace Adkins

SONG OF THE YEAR [Award to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)] 
“I Saw God Today” by George Strait
“In Color” by Jamey Johnson
“Johnny & June” by Heidi Newfield
“Waitin’ On A Woman” by Brad Paisley
“You’re Gonna Miss This” by Trace Adkins

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Award to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]
“Johnny & June” by Heidi Newfield
“Just A Dream” by Carrie Underwood
“Love Story” by Taylor Swift
“Troubadour” by George Strait
“Waitin’ On A Woman” by Brad Paisley

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]
“Another Try”: Josh Turner featuring Trisha Yearwood
“Cowgirls Don’t Cry”: Brooks & Dunn featuring Reba McEntire
“Down The Road”: Kenny Chesney with Mac McAnally
“Life In A Northern Town”: Sugarland featuring Little Big Town & Jake Owen
“Start A Band”: Brad Paisley duet with Keith Urban

** Fan voting for Top New Male Vocalist, Top New Female Vocalist and Top New Vocal Duo
or Group will begin at GACTV.com on Friday, Feb. 13, and will close on Thursday, March 5.
The winner in each of the three categories will be announced March 9, and will move on to compete in a brand new Academy of Country Music Awards category, Top New Artist.