April 1, 2009 — The "44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" ceremony won't take place until Sunday, but Brad Paisley looks like a good bet to be the big winner for the evening.
Brad picked up six nominations to lead the pack the day the finalists were announced, and he's already been named the recipient for two of those trophies: Video of the Year, for "Waitin' On A Woman"; and Vocal Event of the Year, for "Start A Band," the latter honor shared with Keith Urban.
There's a certain irony to "Waitin'" winning. The lyrical theme of the song is patience, and the song itself waited three years after its original release on the Time Well Wasted album to become a single.20So now the video, which features a classic appearance by Andy Griffith, gets honored by an Academy that seems unable to wait until the actual ceremony to start busting out honors.
"I am glad it came out when it did," Brad says of "Waitin'." "I could have never done the video at the time when it would've been a single in the first place. I didn't know any way of getting a hold of Andy Griffith at the time. So getting to do this really did complete the whole circle for me, being able to have this song that has this sentiment, and also having my dream video. He's my favorite TV character of all-time, and to be able to take that guy and honor the song with his presence, but in some ways, honor him ... it's a great thrill for me."
Reba McEntire hosts the ACM show Sunday on CBS (8 p.m. ET) from Las Vegas, with performances by Toby Keith, Heidi Newfield, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Jamey Johnson, John Rich and Lady Antebellum, among others. Suzanne Alexander, Nan Kelley and Storme Warren host the ACM Orange Carpet live on GAC Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.