Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts and Thompson Square, mainstream country music superstars with Oklahoma ties, and the movies “Home Run” and “42,” which also have Sooner State connections, are among the finalists for the 2013 Inspirational Country Music Awards.
Voted on by members of the Inspirational Country Music Association, the categories include entertainer, artist, new artist, song, songwriter, group, duo, musician, radio, radio station, film and television honors, as well as newly-added categories Mainstream Country Male, Mainstream Country Female and Mainstream Country Group/Duo.
The 2013 ICM Faith, Family and Country Convention and Awards will take place Oct. 20-24 at Two Rivers at Opryland in Nashville, Tenn. The 19th annual Inspirational Country Music Awards are set for Oct. 24 at Two Rivers.
Every year, the convention week draws music fans, media and the industry’s top artists to Nashville where they showcase music and discuss industry-related issues. The Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards Week is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent among artists who perform inspirational and Christian Country music.
Checotah native Carrie Underwood and superstar trio Rascal Flatts, which includes Picher-bred guitarist Joe Don Rooney, each received three Inspirational Country Award nominations.
Underwood is nominated for Mainstream Country Female Artist, Mainstream Inspirational Country Song for her latest single, “See You Again,” and for best video for the “See You Again” video. The “See You Again” mini-movie includes footage of tornado-ravaged Moore and scenes with survivors of Oklahoma’s devastating May tornadoes.
Rascal Flatts earned nods for Mainstream Country Duo or Group, Mainstream Inspirational Country Song for “Changed” and best video for the uplifting hit.
Reba McEntire, who hails from Chockie, also is nominated for Mainstream Country Female Artist, while Thompson Square, the duo of Miami, OK, native Keifer Thompson and his wife Shawna, got a nod in the Mainstream Country Duo or Group category. In addition, Norman-born and Oklahoma City-bred singer/songwriter/musician Vince Gill is nominated for Mainstream Country Male Artist.
In addition, the Oklahoma-made sports drama “Home Run,” filmed in Okmulgee and Tulsa in October 2011, and the Jackie Robinson biopic “42,” starring Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford and Choctaw native Ryan Merriman, both are nominated for Faith, Family & Country Movie.
See the full list of 2013 Inspirational Country Music Awards finalists after the break.
2013 Inspirational Country Music Awards finalists
(Oklahomans are marked with an *)
Aaron & Amanda Crabb
Steve Richard & Laura Dodd
VOCAL GROUP OR BAND:
CrossCountry the Band
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Jayc Harold Band
Kristina Craig Band
MAINSTREAM INSPIRATIONAL COUNTRY SONG:
“Changed” – Rascal Flatts
“I Drive Your Truck”- Lee Brice
“Old King James” – Scotty McCreery
*“See You Again” – Carrie Underwood
“Touchdown Jesus”- Tim McGraw
MAINSTREAM COUNTRY MALE ARTIST:
MAINSTREAM COUNTRY FEMALE ARTIST:
MAINSTREAM COUNTRY DUO or GROUP:
Joey + Rory
Oak Ridge Boys
INSPIRATIONAL COUNTRY SONG:
“Hey Do You Know Me” – Kali Rose
“Meanwhile Back At the Cross” – Tommy Brandt
“They Don’t Stay Little Long Enough” – Chuck Hancock
“Unknown Soldiers” – Russ Murphy
“You Can Always Come Back Home” – Chuck Day
Paul Staggs of Branded
LIVING LEGEND / PIONEER AWARD:
This award has already been determined.
*Changed – Rascal Flatts; Directed by Carl Diebold
*See You Again – Carrie Underwood; Directed by Eric Welch
Time is Love – Josh Turner; Directed by Peter Zavadil
Toothbrush – Steve Richard; Directed by Shawn Foster
True Believers – Darius Rucker; Directed by Jim Wright
Johnny Lee Cook
RADIO STATION of the YEAR:
Inspirational Country Radio Network
WEKC AM 710 – Corbin, KY
WSM AM 650
WTYS 94.1 FM
YOUTH IN MUSIC AWARD:
Tommy Brandt Jr.
FAITH, FAMILY, & COUNTRY MOVIE:
*42 – Warner Bros. Pictures
*Home Run – Hero Productions
Last Ounce of Courage – Veritas Entertainment
Spirit of Love, the Mike Glenn Story – Film It Productions
Unconditional – Harbinger Media Partners
RADIO PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR:
INSPIRATIONAL BLUEGRASS ARTIST:
Bruce & Betsy Mullen
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
MUSIC EVANGELIST OF THE YEAR:
Gospel Music Channel (Now UP TV)
Great American Country
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