9896 – No Dixie Chicks, no Dan watching!

ACMs Ain’t Whistlin’ Dixie (Chicks)
Sure they swept the Grammy Awards, but apparently the Dixie Chicks don’t fly with the Academy of Country Music.
Nominations were announced Monday for the annual ACM Awards and there was nary a Chick to be found despite the Texas trio’s five Grammys for Taking the Long Way. The Chicks have won 10 ACMs in their career, including Entertainer of the Year in 2000, but have been shunned by the Nashville establishment since their President Bush-bashing comments in 2003.
While the Academy of Country Music isn’t ready to make nice with the Chicks, the organization made sure the usual Nasville-pleasing subjects were accounted for, led by George Straight, Brooks & Dunn and Rascal Flatts.
Strait, who has collected 15 ACM trophies over the course of his career, notched a leading six awards this year, including the top prize, Entertainer of the Year. Strait will also compete for Male Vocalist, Album of the Year for It Just Comes Natural, Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year, both for “Give It Away,” and Video of the Year for “Seashores of Old Mexico.”
Brooks & Dunn and Rascal Flatts will face off with Strait in the Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year categories. Brooks & Dunn are also contending for Top Vocal Duo, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year, while Rascal Flatts is gunning for Top Vocal Group and Single Record of the Year. Brooks & Dunn will also receive the Humanitarian Award.
Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill and Tim McGraw round out the race for Entertainer of the Year.
While she didn’t make the cut for the usually testosterone heavy Entertainer of the Year race, Grammy-certified Best New Artist Carrie Underwood is vying for five ACMs: Top Female Vocalist, Album of the Year for Some Hearts and Song of the Year, Single Record of the Year and Video of the Year for ìBefore He Cheats.î Underwood was named Top New Female Vocalist at the 2006 ACMs.
(It was a good day for American Idol alums as Kellie Pickler picked up a nod for Top New Female Vocalist.)
Other top nominees include the duo Big & Rich, who received four nominations, and Gill, Josh Turner and Gretchen Wilson, who each scored three noms.
The nominations were announced at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville by 2006ís Entertainer of the Year, Chesney, and the duo Sugarland, who won for Top New Duo or Vocal Group in 2006.
“Whenever you get nominated, it’s a reflection of a lot of people’s hard work,” Chesney said.
The 42nd Annual Awards will be given out May 15 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will air live on CBS.
The complete list of nominees:
Entertainer of the Year:
Brooks & Dunn
Kenny Chesney
Tim McGraw
Rascal Flatts
George Strait
Album of the Year:
Brooks & Dunn, Hillbilly Deluxe
George Strait, It Just Comes Natural
Rascal Flatts, Me and My Gang
Carrie Underwood, Some Hearts
Vince Gill, These Days
Single Record of the Year:
Carrie Underwood, “Before He Cheats”
George Strait, “Give It Away”
Heartland, “I Loved Her First”
Rascal Flatts, “What Hurts the Most”
Josh Turner, “Would You Go With Me”
Song of the Year:
Jason Aldean, “Amarillo Sky”
Carrie Underwood, “Before He Cheats”
George Strait, “Give It Away”
Rodney Atkins, “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)”
Josh Turner, “Would You Go With Me”
Top Female Vocalist:
Sara Evans
Faith Hill
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Carrie Underwood
Top Male Vocalist:
Kenny Chesney
Toby Keith
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Keith Urban
Top Vocal Group:
Diamond Rio
Emerson Drive
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
Top Vocal Duo:
Big & Rich
Brooks & Dunn
Montgomery Gentry
The Wreckers
Top New Female Vocalist:
Miranda Lambert
Kellie Pickler
Taylor Swift
Top New Male Vocalist:
Rodney Atkins
Craig Morgan
Chris Young
Top New Duo or Vocal Group:
Little Big Town
The Wreckers
Video of Year:
Big & Rich, “8th of November”
Jason Aldean, “Amarillo Sky”
Carrie Underwood, “Before He Cheats”
Brooks & Dunn, “Hillbilly Deluxe”
George Strait, “Seashores of Old Mexico”
Vocal Event:
Brooks & Dunn with Vince Gill & Sheryl Crow, “Building Bridges”
Ashley Monroe and Ronnie Dunn, “I Don’t Want To”
Josh Turner featuring Ralph Stanley and Marty Roe, Dana Williams and Gene Johnson of Diamond Rio, “Me and God”
Gretchen Wilson featuring Merle Haggard, “Politically Uncorrect”
Hank Williams Jr. with Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich and Van Zant, “That’s How They Do It In Dixie”