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2013 ACM Awards nominations: Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert both nominated for entertainer of the year

by Brandy McDonnell Published: February 14, 2013
Blake Shelton, left, and Miranda Lambert arrive at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 1, 2012 in Las Vegas. (AP file)
Blake Shelton, left, and Miranda Lambert arrive at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 1, 2012 in Las Vegas. (AP file)

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

· Blake Shelton

· Taylor Swift

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

· Jason Aldean

· Luke Bryan

· Eric Church

· Toby Keith

· Blake Shelton

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

· Miranda Lambert

· Martina McBride

· Kacey Musgraves

· Taylor Swift

· Carrie Underwood

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

· Big & Rich

· Florida Georgia Line

· Love and Theft

· Sugarland

· Thompson Square

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

· The Band Perry

· Eli Young Band

· Lady Antebellum

· Little Big Town

· Zac Brown Band

NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

· Lee Brice

· Brantley Gilbert

· Hunter Hayes

NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

· Jana Kramer

· Kacey Musgraves

· Sunny Sweeney

NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

· Florida Georgia Line

· Love and Theft

· Thompson Square

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR [Winners of New Male, New Female & New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year]

· Florida Georgia Line

· Brantley Gilbert

· Jana Kramer

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]

· Blown Away – Carrie Underwood (19/Arista Nashville)

Produced by: Mark Bright

· Chief – Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)

Produced by: Jay Joyce

· Red – Taylor Swift (Big Machine Records)

Produced by: Jeff Bhasker, Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff, Jacknife Lee, Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift, Butch Walker, Dan Wilson

· Tailgates & Tanlines – Luke Bryan (Capitol Nashville)

Produced by: Mark Bright, Jeff Stevens

· Tornado – Little Big Town (Capitol Nashville)

Produced by: Jay Joyce

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]

· Even If It Breaks Your Heart – Eli Young Band (Republic Nashville)

Produced by: Mike Wrucke

· Over You – Miranda Lambert (RCA)

Produced by: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf

· Pontoon – Little Big Town (Capitol Nashville)

Produced by: Jay Joyce

· Springsteen – Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)

Produced by: Jay Joyce

· Wanted – Hunter Hayes (Atlantic/WMN)

Produced by: Hunter Hayes, Dann Huff

SONG OF THE YEAR [Award to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

· A Woman Like You – Lee Brice

Composers: Phil Barton, Johnny Bulford, Jon Stone

Publishers: 3JB Music (BMI), Adios Pantalones (SESAC), Hears That Skyline Music (SESAC), Sixteen Stars Music (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)

· Even If It Breaks Your Heart – Eli Young Band

Composers: Will Hoge, Eric Paslay

Publishers: Cal IV Songs (ASCAP), Will Hoge Music (BMI)

· Over You – Miranda Lambert

Composers: Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton

Publishers: Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Sony ATV/Tree Publishing (BMI)

· Springsteen – Eric Church

Composers: Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell

Publishers: Bug Music (BMI), Ole Purple Cape Music (BMI), Sinnerlina (BMI), Sony ATV/Tree Publishing (BMI)

· Wanted – Hunter Hayes

Composers: Hunter Hayes, Troy Verges

Publishers: Happy Little Man Publishing (BMI), Songs From The Engine Room (BMI), Songs Of Universal Inc. (BMI)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Award to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]

*Off Camera Award

· Creepin’ – Eric Church

Producer: Iris Baker

Director: Peter Zavadil

· Merry Go ‘Round – Kacey Musgraves

Producer: Perry Bean, Kacey Musgraves

Director: Perry Bean

· Tornado – Little Big Town

Producer: Iris Baker

Director: Shane Drake

· Wanted – Hunter Hayes

Producer: Stephanie Reeves, Eric Williams

Director: Traci Goudie, Patrick Hubik

· We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

Producer: John Nguyen

Director: Declan Whitebloom

· The Wind – Zac Brown Band

Producer: Ben Kalina

Director: Mike Judge

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]

*Off Camera Award

· Don’t Rush – Kelly Clarkson Featuring Vince Gill (19/RCA/Columbia Nashville)

Produced by: Dann Huff

· Easy – Rascal Flatts Featuring Natasha Bedingfield (Big Machine Records)

Produced by: Dann Huff, Brian Kennedy, Rascal Flatts

· Feel Like A Rock Star – Kenny Chesney (Duet With Tim McGraw) (Blue Chair/BNA)

Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

· Let It Rain – David Nail Featuring Sarah Buxton (MCA Nashville)

Produced by: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell

· The Only Way I Know – Jason Aldean With Luke Bryan & Eric Church (Broken Bow)

Produced by: Michael Knox

-BAM


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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