2013 ACM Awards nominations: Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert both nominated for entertainer of the year
A version of this story will appear in Thursday’s The Oklahoman.
Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert both nominated for Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year award
Carrie Underwood, Thompson Square, Vince Gill and Rascal Flatts also will represent the Sooner State at the 48th Annual ACM Awards April 7 in Las Vegas.
Tishomingo is now home to a potential family feud.
Husband-and-wife country music superstars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, who live near the Johnston County seat, both will contend for the entertainer of the year title when the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards are handed out April 7.
Carrie Underwood, Thompson Square, Toby Keith Vince Gill and Rascal Flatts are other superstars with Oklahoma ties who have been nominated for ACM Awards.
Shelton will co-host the ACM Awards for the third consecutive year. First-time co-host Luke Bryan will join him when the show airs live April 7 from MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas and airs on CBS.
Bryan, Jason Aldean and reigning ACM entertainer of the year Taylor Swift will compete with Shelton and Lambert for the top award.
“I’m so happy to be nominated! The butterflies are always there when the names are being announced. I feel so blessed. Celebrating!” Lambert wrote on Twitter after the nominations were announced Wednesday.
The reigning ACM female vocalist, Lambert earned five nominations, including her second entertainer of the year nod. Along defending her female vocalist title, the Texas native also will compete as a recording artist for single of the year and as an artist and writer for song of the year, both for “Over You,” the heartbreaking ballad she penned with her husband.
Along with their shared song of the year nod and his entertainer of the year nomination, Shelton garnered his third consecutive nomination for male vocalist of the year.
The Ada native also received Wednesday a favorite male singer nomination for Nickelodeon’s fan-voted Kids’ Choice Awards.
Checotah native Carrie Underwood snagged two ACM Awards nominations: for female vocalist of the year and album of the year for her 2012 release “Blown Away.”
Reigning ACM vocal duo of the year Thompson Square, comprised of Miami, OK, native Keifer Thompson and his wife Shawna, will defend the title at the 2013 awards.
Norman resident Toby Keith is nominated for male vocalist of the year.
Norman-born and Oklahoma City-bred superstar Vince Gill shares a nomination in the vocal event of the year category with original “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson for their collaboration “Don’t Rush.”
Rascal Flatts, which includes Picher-bred guitarist Joe Don Rooney, also received a nomination in the vocal event category for “Easy,” the band’s heartrending ballad with British pop singer Natasha Bedingfield.
Fan voting for entertainer and new artist of the year will begin online on March 25. Fan voting for new artist will close just before the show starts on April 7, and balloting for the entertainer title will end during the third hour of the live broadcast.
Oklahoma also will be well-represented when the ACM industry awards are given out in autumn. Tulsa’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Thackerville’s WinStar World Casino are nominated for casino of the year, while Tulsa’s BOK Center is up for venue of the year. Two Tulsa teams are vying for medium-market on-air personality of the year: Cash and Carey of KWEN-FM and Rowdy Yates, Sunny Leigh & Carly Rush of KVOO-FM.
See the full list of major ACM Awards after the break.
Here are the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards nominations, with Oklahomans marked in bold:
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
· Jason Aldean
· Luke Bryan
· Miranda Lambert
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