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-
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-
Vince Gill, who hails from Oklahoma City, is a double nominee in the song of the year race as the artist and co-
Trio Rascal Flatts, which includes Picher-
Thompson Square, which includes Miami, OK, native Keifer Thompson and his wife, Shawna, earned a nomination in the vocal duo category.
In addition, Thompson Square is among the eight semifinalists for new artist of the year. Fan voting continues through 11 a.m. Monday to narrow the newcomer race to three finalists. Balloting to pick the new artist winner will resume March 19 at www.Vote
Among the industry awards, three Oklahoma music locales are nominated: WinStar World Casino in Thackerville for casino of the year; the Wormy Dog Saloon in Oklahoma City for nightclub of the year; and the BOK Center in Tulsa for venue of the year. Plus, Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill in Minneapolis, Minn., is nominated in the nightclub category.
Also, Cash and Carey (Natalie Cash and Jim Carey) of KWEN-
To see the full list of nominees, go to blog.