Brooks & Dunn, Keith Lead ACM Awards
The nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards were announced on Thursday, reports the Associated Press, with the duo Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn receiving six nods for best song, video, album, single, duo and entertainer of the year. “I’m excited and I feel like we’ve got some serious wind in our sails — and we’re ready to put the boat back in the water,” said Brooks in statement. “Album (of the year) is cool because it recognizes the whole body of work; having worked so hard on this record, it’s really exciting.” Crooner Toby Keith tied the duo with six nominations himself, three for his hit “I Wanna Talk About Me.” Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, and Travis Tritt each received four nominations, including Jackson’s Sept. 11-themed song, “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” for single of the year, reports the AP. One surprise was that the bluegrass-heavy soundtrack for “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” which scored so big at the Grammys and holds the number-one spot on the Billboard charts, only got two nods, for best album and vocal event. The 37th annual ACMs, hosted by Dick Clark from Hollywood, will air on CBS on May 22.