Academy of Country Music Awards 2008
The Academy of Country Music was established in the year 1964 by Chris Christensen, Mickey Christensen, Eddie Miller and Tommy Wiggens, as the Country and Western Music Academy. It had approximately four thousand members, of which most were already country celebrities or internationally known producers. The Academy of Country Music Awards has become the premier awards event in the country music industry, and this year the awards ceremony will take place on 18 May 2008, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, for the 43rd time.
Reba McEntire will be hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards for the tenth time, and she is no stranger to receiving these coveted awards either. With a total of forty-one nominations and eleven Academy of Country Music Awards, she knows how it feels to be recognized for her contributions to the country music industry. The nominations for this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards have been released, and already the excitement and anticipation of the awards event has started to grip country music fans all over the world.
The nominations for the various categories are as follows:
Entertainer of the Year:
Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, George Strait and Rascal Flatts.
Top Male Vocalist:
Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Kenney Chesney, George Strait and Rodney Atkins.
Top Female Vocalist:
Taylor Swift, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes and Miranda Lambert.
Top Vocal Group:
Eagles, Little Big Town, Diamond Rio, Rascal Flatts and Emerson Drive.
Top Vocal Duo:
Big & Rich, Sugarland, Halfway to Hazard, Montgomery Gentry and Brooks & Dunn.
Top New Male Vocalist:
Luke Bryan, Jake Owen and Jack Ingram.
Top New Female Vocalist:
Taylor Swift, Sarah Buxton and Kellie Pickler.
Top New Duo or Vocal Group:
Carolina Rain, The Wreckers and Lady Antebellum.
With other nomination categories such as Album of the Year and Video of the Year, magnificent performances by legendary artists, and super star presenters, it is bound to be an evening of glamour, excitement and entertainment. Las Vegas will be alive with music. In true Academy of Country Music Awards fashion, the celebrity studded awards evening will be preceded by thrilling events including an awards concert and country music nights in Fremont Street. It is an opportunity to see the best country artists performing and given the honor they deserve.