At least one Oklahoma star is nominated in every major category of this year's Academy of Country Music Awards.
Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith, Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Thompson Square and Rascal Flatts will represent the Sooner State when the 47th annual ACM Awards are handed out April 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. For the second straight year, Oklahoma natives Shelton and Reba McEntire will co-host the show, which will air live on CBS.
Shelton, who lives in Tishomingo, is among the nominees for entertainer of the year, along with Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney, who earned a leading nine nominations. For the fifth year, the entertainer award will be fan-voted, with balloting beginning March 19 at www.VoteACM.com.
“The support I have felt this week is overwhelming,” Shelton said in a statement. “Thank you everyone for this honor.”
The Ada native will contend for male vocalist of the year, too.
Miranda Lambert, Shelton's wife, will compete for the female vocalist title. Her “Four the Record” is nominated for album of the year, an award she has won twice previously.
Checotah native Carrie Underwood also will vie for the female vocalist honor, while she and Paisley share a vocal event of their year nomination for their chart-topping duet “Remind Me.”
Norman resident Toby Keith's “Red Solo Cup” is a two-time nominee. The party anthem is up for single record of the year, earning Keith a double nomination as the song's artist and producer. The star-studded video, which has notched more than 10 million YouTube views, got a video of the year nod.