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ACM NOMS: COUNTRY
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With the Grammys now in the rearview mirror, those music awards show withdrawals are coming on hard and fast. The Academy of Country Music has just the antidote. Just in the nick of time, they’ve announced the nominations for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards, held 4/2 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. We thank them for their hospitality.

Keith Urban paced the field with seven nominations. Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert each had six, while Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw scored five noms apiece.

Urban’s nominations included his seventh nod for Entertainer of the Year. His competition includes show co-host Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Carrie Underwood. He’s also up for Male Vocalist of the Year for the 10th time. He double dips in the Album of the Year category, nominated as both an artist and producer. Likewise, he received both artist and producer nods in the Single Record of the Year category for “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” which is also competing in the Song of the Year category.

In addition to Urban, many other ACM faves are in the mix, including Lambert, nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year for the 11th time (she’s won the award seven years in a row), and Kenny Chesney, who snagged two nominations (for artist and producer) in the Vocal Event of the Year category for “Setting the World on Fire,” his duet with Pink.  

There’s plenty of new blood on the list, led by Morris with six nominations. Other first-timers include Lauren Alaina, Kane Brown, Chris Lane, LOCASH, Jon Pardi, Brett Young and Cassadee Pope.

Dierks Bentley will join Bryan as co-host for the second straight year. Bentley is nominated for three awards, including his third nod for Album of the Year for Black, fourth for Male Vocalist of the Year and second for Vocal Event of the Year (“Different For Girls” with Elle King). 

CBS will broadcast the event. See below for a list of artist noms.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Keith Urban

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Jason Aldean
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Maren Morris
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

  • Big & Rich
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • Eli Young Band
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Old Dominion
  • Rascal Flatts

NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Kane Brown
  • Chris Janson
  • Chris Lane
  • Jon Pardi
  • Brett Young

NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Lauren Alaina
  • Cam
  • Brandy Clark
  • Maren Morris

NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • Brothers Osborne
  • A Thousand Horses
  • Dan + Shay
  • LOCASH
  • Maddie & Tae

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

  • Black – Dierks Bentley

       Producers: Ross Copperman, Arturo Buenahora Jr.

       Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

  • Dig Your Roots – Florida Georgia Line

       Producer: Joey Moi

       Record Label: Big Machine Label Group

  • HERO – Maren Morris

       Producers: busbee, Brad Hill, Maren Morris

       Record Label: Columbia Nashville

  • Ripcord – Keith Urban

       Producers: Jeff Bhasker, busbee, Nathan Chapman, Nitzan Kaikov, Dann            Huff, Tyler Johnson, Johnny Price, Nile Rodgers, Keith Urban, Greg Wells

       Record Labels: Hit Red Records, Capitol Records Nashville

  • The Weight of These Wings – Miranda Lambert

       Producers: Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf

       Record Labels: RCA Nashville, Vanner Records

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

  • Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban

       Producers: Dann Huff, Keith Urban 

       Record Labels: Hit Red Records, Capitol Records Nashville

  • H.O.L.Y. – Florida Georgia Line

       Producer: Joey Moi

       Record Label: Big Machine Label Group

  • Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw

       Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw

       Record Labels: McGraw Music, Big Machine Records

  • My Church – Maren Morris

       Producers: busbee, Maren Morris

       Record Label: Columbia Nashville

  • Vice – Miranda Lambert

       Producers: Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf

       Record Labels: RCA Nashville, Vanner Records

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

  • Fire Away – Chris Stapleton

       Director: Tim Mattia

       Producer: Jennifer Rothlein

  • Forever Country – Artists of Then, Now & Forever

        Director: Joseph Kahn

        Producers: Nathan de la Rionda, Jil Hardin, Charleen Manca, Joanna Carter,        Chandra LaPlume, Sarah Trahern, Damon Whiteside

  • Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw

       Director: Wes Edwards

       Producer: Jennifer Rothlein

  • Peter Pan – Kelsea Ballerini

       Director: Kristin Barlowe

       Producer: Michelle Abnet

  • Vice – Miranda Lambert

       Director: Trey Fanjoy

       Producer: Ashley Bergeron Ford

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • Different For Girls – Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King

       Producers: Ross Copperman, Arturo Buenahora Jr.

       Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

  • Forever Country – Artists of Then, Now & Forever

       Producer: Shane McAnally

       Record Label: MCA Nashville

  • May We All – Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw

       Producer: Joey Moi

       Record Label: Big Machine Label Group 

  • Setting The World On Fire – Kenny Chesney Featuring P!nk

       Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

        Record Labels: Blue Chair Records, Columbia Nashville

  • Think Of You – Chris Young Featuring Cassadee Pope

       Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young

       Record Labels: RCA Nashville, RCA Records

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