Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson Top Academy of Country Music Nominees
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) _ Country music showman Garth Brooks and Georgian Alan Jackson led Monday’s nominees for Academy of Country Music Awards with five nominations apiece, including entertainer of the year.
Clint Black, Travis Tritt, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Ricky Van Shelton, Diamond Rio, Vince Gill, Billy Dean, Mary-Chapin Carpenter and Brooks & Dunn also got multiple nominations.
Miss McEntire, Black and Randy Travis also were in the race for best entertainer.
Brooks, the new pop music darling with record sales exceeding even Michael Jackson, was also nominated for top male singer, single record for ″Shameless″ and for albums ″No Fences″ and ″Ropin’ the Wind.″
Alan Jackson competes for a male singer trophy as well as best single, song and album nominations for ″Don’t Rock the Jukebox.″ Jackson could win two trophies in the song of the year category because prizes go to both the artist and composer.
Nominees in 11 categories were announced by ″Entertainment Tonight″ hostess Leeza Gibbons, actor Lee Horsley and country singer Marty Stuart during a news conference at Universal Studios Hollywood.
The academy’s 3,000 members will cast ballots by mail and the winners will be announced April 29 during a two-hour NBC-TV special from the Universal Amphitheatre. Black, Tritt and Lorrie Morgan will be hosts.
Contenders for best video will be decided in coming weeks during a meeting in Nashville by the academy’s Board of Directors. The top five nominees in the video category will be announced later this month.
Instrumentalist and band nominees will be disclosed next week.
The nominees announced Monday were:
Entertainer: Clint Black, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Randy Travis.
Male vocalist: Black, Brooks, Vince Gill, Jackson, Doug Stone.
Female vocalist: Miss Carpenter, Miss McEntire, Miss Morgan, Pam Tillis, Tanya Tucker.
Group: Alabama, Diamond Rio, Highway 101, Kentucky Headhunters, Shenandoah.
Duet: Brooks & Dunn, The Judds, Dolly Parton & Ricky Van Shelton, Roy Rogers & Clint Black, Travis Tritt & Marty Stuart.
New male vocalist: Mark Chesnutt, Billy Dean, Joe Diffie.
New female vocalist: Paulette Carlson, Ronna Reeves, Trisha Yearwood.
New group or duet: Brooks & Dunn, Diamond Rio and McBride & The Ride.
Single: ″Don’t Rock the Jukebox,″ Jackson; ″Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares),″ Tritt; ″Shameless,″ Brooks; ″She’s in Love With the Boy,″ Miss Yearwood; ″Where Are You Now,″ Black.
Album: ″Backroads,″ Van Shelton; ″Don’t Rock the Jukebox,″ Jackson; ″It’s All About to Change,″ Tritt; ″No Fences,″ Brooks; ″Ropin’ the Wind,″ Brooks.
Song: ″Don’t Rock the Jukebox,″ Jackson; ″Down at the Twist and Shout,″ Miss Carpenter; ″Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares),″ Tritt; ″Pocket Full of Gold,″ Gill; ″Somewhere in My Broken Heart,″ Billy Dean.