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Chris Young Amazed by 2012 ACM Award Nominations

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Chris Young was just about to begin a workout when he got the call this morning. His manager had the news he’d been hoping for: His name had been read at the 2012 ACM Awards nomination press conference. The singer says he’s letting the thrill linger before worrying about if he wins or not.

“If happen to win an ACM Award, we’ll find some a spot for it,” Young tells Taste of Country with a laugh, when asked where he’s going to keep the trophy. His song ‘Tomorrow’ is up for Single of the Year, and he’s amongst the five nominees for Male Vocalist of the Year.

“You look at all the people that get nominated. It’s just amazing,” he says, pointing out that all the other nominees have been nominated at least once. While he’s the rookie in the category, few would argue that he’s not deserving. The 26-year-old has worked hard to resurrect a career that was floundering after his single ‘Voices’ fell from the charts in 2008 after barely cracking the Top 40.

“There was a point early on in my career where … it was a very uncertain point,” Young says, remembering those tenuous days. “There weren’t any guarantees about me sticking around.”

Just over three years later, he’s working on a fifth straight No. 1 hit with ‘You’. The streak includes the re-release of ‘Voices’ in 2010. ‘Tomorrow’ was the lead single from his ‘Neon’ album. “When we first wrote it, I said, ‘That’s my first single.'” Young admits.

The 2012 ACM Awards will air on April 1 on CBS. Fellow Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Blake Shelton will co-host, along with Reba McEntire. Young is currently on tour with Miranda Lambert, who was nominated for two awards as well.

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