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ACM Entertain of the Year voting starts today

Monday, March 16, 2009 – Voting by the public for the entertainer of the year award presented by the Academy of Country Music starts today. Nominees include Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.

People can vote by logging on to or Fans can vote through the last hour of the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards airing live on CBS Sunday, April 5 at 8 p.m. live eastern/tape delayed Pacific.

Each nominee is also scheduled to perform.

Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal – Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved. In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group, Our Native Daughters, are nominated in the same category - Best American Roots. Yola has three other nominations as well. The clear winners... »»»