George Strait leads ACM nominations with eight, Brooks & Dunn win Humanitarian award
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George Strait leads ACM nominations with eight, Brooks & Dunn win Humanitarian award

Monday, March 5, 2007 – George Strait topped the list for the Academy of Country Music nominations announced Monday with eight, including entertainer and male vocalist of the year.

Brooks & Dunn were next with seven nominations plus being named the Home Depot Humanitarian of the Year winners. Rascal Flatts garnered six nominations.

The nominees were...

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

Album of the year:
Brooks & Dunn for "Hillbilly Deluxe"
Strait for "It All Comes Natural"
Rascal Flatts for "Me And My Gang"
Carrie Underwood for "Some Hearts"
Vince Gill for "These Days."

Duo of the year:
Brooks & Dunn
Big & Rich
Montgomery Gentry
The Wreckers

Top male vocalist:
Toby Keith
Brad Paisley
Keith Urban

Top female vocalist:
Sara Evans
Faith Hill
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride

Vocal group of the year:
Diamond Rio
Emerson Drive
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts

Top new male vocalist:
Rodney Atkins
Craig Morgan
Chris Young

Top female newcomer:
Kellie Pickler
Taylow Swift

Top new duo/vocal group:
Little Big Town
The Wreckers

Single record of the year:
"Before He Chates" by Carrie Underwood, produced by Mark Bright
"Give It Away" by George Strait, produced by Tony Brown and Strait
"I Loved Her First" by Heartland, produced by Walt Aldridge
"What Hurts the Most" by Rascal Flatts, producec by Dannn Huffs and Rascal Flatts
"Would You Go With Me" by Josh Turner, produced by Frarnk Rogers

Song of the year:
"Amarillo Sky," by Jason Aldean, written by John Rich, Big Kenny, Rodney Clawson, Bart Pursley
"Before He Cheats" by Underwood, written by Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear
" Give It Away" by Strait, written by Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon, Jamey Johnson
"If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" by Rodney Atkins, written by Sam and Annie Tate, Dave Berg
Would Y ou Go With Me" by Turner, written by Shawn Camp, John Scott Sherrill

Video of the Year:
"8th of November," Big & Rich, producer: Steve Lamar, director: George Deaton, Robert Flanigan, Marc Oswald
"Amarillo Sky," Jason Aldean, producer: Brittany Hailes, director: Wes Edwards
"Before He Cheats," Carrie Underwood, producer: Randy Brewer, director: Roman White
"Hillbilly Deluxe," Brooks & Dunn, producer: Mark Kalbfeld, director: Michael Salomon
"Seashores of Old Mexico," George Strait, producer: Shelli Jury, director: Trey Fanjoy

Vocal Event of the Year:
"Building Bridges, Brooks & Dunn with Vince Gill and Sheryl Crow, produced by Tony Brown, Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks, Arista Nashville
"I Don't Want To, Ashley Monroe and Ronnie Dunn, Produced by Mark Wright, Columbia Nashville
"Me and God." Josh Turner featuring Dr. Ralph Stanley and Marty Roe, Dana Williams and Gene Johnson of Diamond Rio, produced by Frank Rogers, MCA Nashville
"Politically Uncorrect," Gretchen Wilson featuring Merle Haggard, produced by Gretchen Wilson, John Rich and Mark Wright, Columbia Nashville
"That's How They Do It In Dixie," Hank Williams Jr. with Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich and Van Zant, produced by Doug Johnson for Curb Productions, Curb Records

Chesney said, "A lot of hard work pays off. We put a lot into our careers, and a lot of people put a lot into our careers."

The 42nd annual awards will be handed out May 15 in Las Vegas.

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