Hank Williams Jr. and Late Father Lead Academy of Country Music Nods
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) _ Rowdy country singer Hank Williams Jr. and his late father shared top Academy of Country Music Award nominations Tuesday with the 40-year-old weepy saloon duet ″There’s a Tear in My Beer.″
Williams got six nominations, including entertainer of the year, and the Grammy-winning song collaboration led to five nominations for his father.
″The ones for daddy are particularly important. I want to see daddy shine after these 37 years,″ Williams said from Paris, Tenn.
″I just wish daddy could be there to enjoy it all,″ he added. ″But I feel deep in my heart that daddy’s watching somewhere.″
Clint Black also got six nominations, including best album and song for ″Killin’ Time,″ and five went to Grammy-winning singer Rodney Crowell for ″After All This Time.″
Crowell joins Hank Williams Jr., Randy Travis, George Strait, Dolly Parton and Alabama in the top entertainer category.
Multiple nominees for ″Hat″ trophies included Alabama, Travis and Miss Parton with three apiece. Strait, Kathy Mattea, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks and the group Shenandoah each had two.
The 25th edition of the academy’s two-hour awards show take place April 25 in Hollywood and will be televised by NBC-TV.
Nominations in 12 categories were announced by members of the band Highway 101, nominated for top vocal group, and Buck Owens, nominated for the duet ″Act Naturally″ with Ringo Starr.
″I feel great. How else could a person feel? It’s a sunny day, we find out we’re nominated, it’s wonderful,″ said Paulette Carlson of Highway 101.
In addition to the top entertainer nomination, Williams was picked for the duet with his late father ″There’s a Tear in My Beer,″ which also was nominated for top song, record and video.
Trophies are given to the artist and composer in the song category and the artist and producer in the record, video and album categories.
″There’s a Tear in my Beer″ was on a Hank Williams Sr. demo tape found in the attic of songwriter ″Big Bill″ Lister. The elder Williams died in 1953, but modern technology allowed the addition of his son to the song and video.
Several nominees won big during last week’s Grammy Awards show: ″There’s a Tear in My Beer″ was best country vocal collaboration, Crowell’s ″After All This Time″ was country song and k.d. lang was female country singer for ″Absolute Torch and Twang.″
The academy’s 2,500 members vote for the winners except for the video award, which is decided by a vote of the academy’s Board of Directors.
Here is the complete list of Academy of Country Music Award nominees:
Entertainer: Alabama, Miss Parton, Strait, Travis and Hank Williams Jr.
Male singer: Black, Crowell, Strait, Travis and Ricky Van Shelton.
Female singer: Miss lang, Miss Mattea, Miss McEntire, Miss Parton and Tanya Tucker.
Duet: Baillie & The Boys, The Judds, Owens & Starr, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Hank Williams Jr. & Hank Williams Sr.
Group: Alabama, Highway 101, Restless Heart, Shenandoah and The Statlers.
New male singer: Black, Brooks and Lionel Cartwright.
New female singer: Daniele Alexander, Jann Browne and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
New duet or group: Kentucky Headhunters, Shenandoah and Wild Rose.
Single (artist and producer get awards): ″Better Man,″ Black (producers James Stroud, Mark Wright); ″If Tomorrow Never Comes,″ Brooks (producer Allen Reynolds); ″I’m No Stranger to the Rain,″ Keith Whitley (producers Garth Fundis, Keith Whitley); ″There’s a Tear in My Beer,″ Hank Williams Jr. & Hank Williams Sr. (producer Barry Beckett, Hank Williams Jr., Jim Ed Norman); ″Timber I’m Falling in Love,″ Patty Loveless (producer Tony Brown).
Song (artist and composer get awards): ″After All This Time,″ Crowell (composer Crowell); ″If Tomorrow Never Comes,″ Brooks (composers Kent Blazy, Brooks); ″Killin’ Time,″ Black (composers Black, Hayden Nicholas); ″There’s a Tear in My Beer,″ Hank Williams Jr. & Hank Williams Sr. (composer Hank Williams Sr.); ″Where’ve You Been,″ Miss Mattea (composer Jon Vezner, Don Henry).
Album (artist and producer get awards): ″Diamonds and Dirt,″ Crowell (producers Tony Brown, Crowell); ″Killin’ Time,″ Black (producers James Stroud, Mark Wright); ″Old 8 x 10,″ Travis (producer Kyle Lehning); ″Will the Circle Be Unbroken Volume II,″ Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (producers Randy Scruggs, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band); ″Willow in the Wind,″ Miss Mattea (producer Allen Reynolds).
Video (artist and producer get awards): ″Cathy’s Clown,″ Miss McEntire (producer Narvel Blackstock); ″High Cotton,″ Alabama (producer Tammara Wells); ″Planet Texas,″ Kenny Rogers (producer Amanda Temple); ″There’s a Tear in My Beer,″ Hank Williams Jr. & Hank Williams Sr. (producer Joanne Gardner); ″Why’d You Come in Here Lookin’ Like That,″ Miss Parton (producer Tammara Wells).