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Academy of Country Music Awards nominations announced: Lady Antebellum continues to run that town

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Just in case their insta-platinum album, Oprah appearance, Grammy win, and recent feature in this here magazine (which I would link to but it’s not online so I guess you have to go buy the paper product or something) weren’t enough to clue you in, Lady Antebellum are the hottest thing in country music at the moment. Perhaps not shockingly, then, they picked up seven nominations when Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire read off the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards nominations this morning. Seven! That’s more than Carrie Underwood (six), more than Taylor Swift (five), almost more than Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley combined (eight). (I am good at math.)

Rather than point out all the things that sort of irk me about this list (how on earth is Jamey Johnson still being nominated as best “new” anything?), let’s run down the things I find awesome.

1. Six nominations for my girl Miranda Lambert! Here’s hoping this ceremony marks the start of a huge year for Revolution.

2.  Lee Ann Womack back in her rightful place: among the nominees for Top Female Vocalist, instead of at the podium, reading them.

3. David Nail’s wonderful “Red Light” scoring a nod for Single.

4. The fact that four of the five Song of the Year nominees were co-written by the artists.

5. Entertainer of the Year is fan-voted at the ACMs. Carrie Underwood (last year’s winner) and Taylor Swift are nominated. Fans, you know what that means: INTERNET SUPERFAN SMACKDOWN OH-TEN is ON!!!!!

What do you think about the nominees, Mixers? What made you cheer? Who got snubbed? And can any of those Entertainer dudes compete with the Swift/Underwood fanbases? (Have they provided a dial-up option for George Strait’s supporters?) Full list of nominees after the jump.

(Follow the Music Mix on Twitter: @EWMusicMix.)

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ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR*

Kenny Chesney

Toby Keith

Brad Paisley

George Strait

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

Keith Urban

Zac Brown Band

TOP MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Kenny Chesney

Brad Paisley

Darius Rucker

George Strait

Keith Urban

TOP FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Miranda Lambert

Reba McEntire

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

Lee Ann Womack

TOP VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

Randy Rogers Band

Rascal Flatts

Zac Brown Band

TOP VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

Brooks & Dunn

Joey + Rory

Montgomery Gentry

Steel Magnolia

Sugarland

TOP NEW SOLO VOCALIST OF THE YEAR*

Luke Bryan

Jamey Johnson

Chris Young

TOP NEW VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR*

Bomshel

Joey + Rory

Steel Magnolia

TOP NEW VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR*

Eli Young Band

Gloriana

The Lost Trailers

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company(s)]

American Saturday Night – Brad Paisley (Arista Nashville)

Produced by: Chris DuBois, Frank Rogers

Lady Antebellum – Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records Nashville)

Produced by: Victoria Shaw, Paul Worley

Play On – Carrie Underwood (19/Arista Nashville)

Produced by: Mark Bright

“Quitter” Produced by Max Martin & Shellback for Maratone Productions and Mark Bright

Revolution – Miranda Lambert (Columbia Nashville)

Produced by: Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke

The Foundation – Zac Brown Band (Southern Ground / Bigger Picture / Atlantic)

Produced by: Keith Stegall, Zac Brown

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company(s)]

“Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records Nashville)

Produced by: Lady Antebellum, Paul Worley

“People Are Crazy” – Billy Currington (Mercury)

Produced by: Carson Chamberlain, Billy Currington

“Red Light” – David Nail (MCA Nashville)

Produced by: Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke

“Toes” – Zac Brown Band (Southern Ground / Bigger Picture / Atlantic)

Produced by: Keith Stegall, Zac Brown

“White Liar” – Miranda Lambert (Columbia Nashville)

Produced by: Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke

SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

“Cowboy Casanova” – Carrie Underwood

Composers: Mike Elizondo, Brett James, Carrie Underwood

Publishers: Brett James Cornelius Music (ASCAP), Carrie Okie Music (BMI), Rincon Ave Music

(ASCAP), Stage Three Songs (ASCAP)

“Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum

Composers: Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott

Publishers: EMI Foray Music (BMI), Darth Buddha (ASCAP), Dwhaywood Music (BMI), Hillary Dawn Publishing (SESAC), Radiobullets Publishing (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), Year Of The Dog Music (ASCAP)

“People Are Crazy” – Billy Currington

Composers: Bobby Braddock, Troy Jones

Publishers: Crozier Music Enterprises LLC (BMI), Mighty Nice Music (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Tiltawhirl Music (BMI)

“White Liar” – Miranda Lambert

Composers: Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert

Publishers: Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Tiltawhirl Music (BMI)

“You Belong With Me” – Taylor Swift

Composers: Liz Rose, Taylor Swift

Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Taylor Swift Music (BMI)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] (Off Camera Award)

“Boots On” – Randy Houser

Producer: Eric Welch

Director: Eric Welch (Drake footage: Vickie Vaughn)

“Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum

Producer: Clarke Gallican

Director: David McClister

“Welcome To The Future” – Brad Paisley

Producers: Mark Kalbfeld, Jim Shea, Peter Tilden

Director: Jim Shea

“White Liar” – Miranda Lambert

Producer: Tameron Hedge

Director: Chris Hicky

“You Belong With Me” – Taylor Swift

Producer: Randy Brewer

Director: Roman White

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company] (Off Camera Award)

“Hillbilly Bone” – Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins (Reprise Records / Warner Music Nashville)

Producer: Scott Hendricks

“Honky Tonk Stomp” – Brooks & Dunn featuring Billy Gibbons (Arista Nashville)

Producer: Ronnie Dunn, Terry McBride

“I Told You So” – Carrie Underwood featuring Randy Travis (19/Arista Nashville)

Producer: Mark Bright

“I’m Alive” – Kenny Chesney with Dave Matthews (Blue Chair/BNA)

Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

“Seeing Stars” – Jack Ingram featuring Patty Griffin (Big Machine Records)

Produced by: Jack Ingram, Jeremy Stover

*fan voted

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