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MORRIS, RHETT, HUFF LEAD ACM NOMS

Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and producer Dann Huff all picked up five nominations for the 55th ACM Awards, while OD’s Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi are tied with Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers for the most individual nods with six apiece.

Dan + Shay, Blake Shelton and first-timer (wait for it) Justin Bieber comprise the four-noms tier, with Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Luke Combs, Ashley McBryde and Kacey Musgraves each nabbing three.

Morris is up for awards in four categories, including her fourth Female Artist of the Year nom, as well as her first Group of the Year nomination as a member of The Highwomen. Rhett secured his first-ever Entertainer of the Year nom, reigning Duo of the Year Dan + Shay snagged their seventh nod in the category and 2019 Group of the Year Old Dominion got their fifth. 

This year’s list is refreshingly forward-looking, boasting no fewer than 25 first-time ACM nominees. 

The 2020 ACM Awards will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on 4/5 and will air live on CBS.


THE NOMINATIONS

Entertainer of the Year

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

Luke Combs

Thomas Rhett

Carrie Underwood

Male Artist of the Year

Dierks Bentley

Luke Combs

Thomas Rhett

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

Female Artist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini

Miranda Lambert

Maren Morris

Kacey Musgraves

Carrie Underwood

Duo of the Year

Brooks & Dunn

Brothers Osborne

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Maddie & Tae

Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

Midland

Old Dominion

The Highwomen

New Female Artist of the Year

Ingrid Andress

Gabby Barrett

Lindsay Ell

Caylee Hammack

Tenille Townes

New Male Artist of the Year

Jordan Davis

Russell Dickerson

Riley Green

Cody Johnson

Morgan Wallen

Album of the Year

Center Point Road, Thomas Rhett

Girl, Maren Morris

Heartache Medication, Jon Pardi

What You See Is What You Get, Luke Combs

Wildcard, Miranda Lambert

Single of the Year

"God's Country," Blake Shelton

"One Man Band," Old Dominion

"Rainbow," Kacey Musgraves

"Rumor," Lee Brice

"What If I Never Get Over You," Lady Antebellum

Video of the Year

"10,000 Hours," Dan + Shay f/Justin Bieber

"God's Country," Blake Shelton

"One Man Band," Old Dominion

"Remember You Young," Thomas Rhett

"Sugar Coat," Little Big Town

Song of the Year

"10,000 Hours," Dan + Shay f/Justin Bieber

"Girl Goin' Nowhere," Ashley McBryde

"God's Country," Blake Shelton

"One Man Band," Old Dominion

"Some Of It," Eric Church

Music Event of the Year

"10,000 Hours," Dan + Shay f/Justin Bieber

"Dive Bar," Garth Brooks f/Blake Shelton

"Fooled Around and Fell in Love," Miranda Lambert f/Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack and Elle King

"Old Town Road," Lil Nas X f/Billy Ray Cyrus

"What Happens in a Small Town," Brantley Gilbert f/Lindsay Ell

Songwriter of the Year

Ashley Gorley

Michael Hardy

Hillary Lindsey

Shane McAnally

Josh Osborne

INDUSTRY AWARDS
Casino Of The Year – Theater

The Colosseum at Caesars Palace - Las Vegas

The Joint: Tulsa – Tulsa

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort – Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino – Las Vegas

WinStar Global Event Center – Thackerville, Okla.  

Casino Of The Year – Arena

Mark G. Etess Arena – Atlantic City, N.J.

MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas

Sandia Amphitheater – Albuquerque, N.M.

Stir Concert Cove – Council Bluffs, Iowa

T Mobile Arena – Las Vegas  

Fair/Rodeo Of The Year

California Mid-State Fair – Paso Robles, Calif.

Cheyenne Frontier Days – Cheyenne, Wyo.

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo – Houston

Minnesota State Fair – St. Paul, Minn.

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo – San Antonio, Texas

Festival Of The Year

Boots and Hearts Music Festival – Oro-Medonte, Ore.

Stagecoach – Indio

Tortuga Music Festival – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Watershed Festival – George, Wash.

Windy City Smokeout – Chicago  

Club Of The Year

Billy Bob’s Texas – Fort Worth, Texas

Coyote Joe’s – Charlotte, N.C.

Grizzly Rose – Denver

Joe’s Live – Rosemont, Ill.

Losers Bar & Grill – Nashville  

Theater Of The Year

The Beacon Theatre – New York

The Chicago Theatre – Chicago

DeJoria Center – Salt Lake City

Rialto Square Theatre – Joliet, Illl.

Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, Fla.

Outdoor Venue Of The Year

Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion – Gilford, N.H.

Greek Theatre – Los Angeles

Innsbrook After Hours – Glen Allen, Va.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, Colo.

Rose Music Center – Huber Heights, Ohio

The Wharf at Orange Beach – Orange Beach, Ala.  

Arena Of The Year

Infinite Energy Center – Duluth, Ga.

Madison Square Garden – New York

Staples Center – Los Angeles

Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, Mich.

VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, Fla.  

Don Romeo Talent Buyer Of The Year

Clay Campbell – Triangle Talent

Gary Osier – Gary Osier Presents

Gil Cunningham – Neste Live!

Kell Houston – Houston Productions

Nina Rojas – Neste Live!

Todd Boltin – Variety Attractions  

Promoter Of The Year

Adam Weiser – AEG Presents

Brian O’Connell – Live Nation

Jered Johnson – Pepper Productions

Stacy Vee – Messina Touring Group

Troy Vollhoffer – Premier Global Production

STUDIO RECORDING AWARDS

Bass Player Of The Year

Eli Beaird

Mike Brignardello

Tim Marks

Michael Rhodes

Jimmie Lee Sloas  

Drummer Of The Year Fred Eltringham

Miles McPherson

Greg Morrow

Jerry Roe

Nir Zidkyahu  

Guitar Player Of The Year

Tom Bukovac

Dann Huff

Rob McNelley

Adam Shoenfeld

Ilya Toshinskiy  

Piano/Keyboards Player Of The Year

David Dorn

Tony Harrell

Charlie Judge

Tim Lauer

Gordon Mote

Mike Rojas  

Specialty Instrument(S) Player Of The Year

Stuart Duncan

Jenee Fleenor

Jim Hoke

Danny Rader

Joe Spivey

Charlie Worsham  

Steel Guitar Player Of The Year

Dan Dugamore

Paul Franklin

Josh Grange

Russ Pahl

Justin Schipper  

Audio Engineer Of The Year

Chuck Ainlay

Jeff Balding

Tony Castle

Julian King

Steve Marcantonio

Justin Niebank  

Producer Of The Year

busbee

Buddy Cannon

Dann Huff

Michael Knox

Joey Moi

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