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THIS JUST IN: The 53rd ACM Awards Nominations Revealed!

The Academy of Country Music announced today the host and nominations for the 53rd Academy Of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year, honoring country music’s superstars and hottest emerging talent. Multimedia superstar and sixteen-time ACM Award winner Reba McEntire will return to host LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15th at 8:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. This year’s show will mark Reba’s fifteenth time hosting the ceremony, last appearing in 2012 with Blake Shelton.

In addition to surprising audiences with the news that she will return to host, Reba appeared live today on “CBS This Morning” to announce this year’s ACM Award nominees for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Duo of the Year, and Vocal Group of the Year, as well as nominees for Song of the Year on Facebook LIVE. 

“Entertainment Tonight” host Nancy O’Dell announced additional nominees on ETonline.com…

Chris Stapleton leads with eight nominations in five categories, including his first nod for Entertainer of the Year. Stapleton is also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, and twice, as both artist and producer, in both the Album of the Year and Single Record of the Year categories; he received the Album of the Year nod for “From a Room: Volume 1”, and the Single Record of the Year nod for “Broken Halos.” He is also nominated twice, both as artist and songwriter, in the Song of The Year category for “Whiskey and You.”

Reigning Male Vocalist of the Year, Thomas Rhett earned six nominations, including his second in the Male Vocalist of the Year category. Rhett is also nominated twice, as an artist and producer, for both Album of The Year for Life Changes and Vocal Event of the Year for “Craving You” (featuring Maren Morris). Lastly, he is nominated for his first Music Video of the Year award for “Marry Me,” along with director TK McKamy and producer Dan Atchison.

Keith Urban earned five nominations including his eighth nod for Entertainer of the Year and eleventh nod for Male Vocalist of the Year.  Urban is also nominated for Song of the Year for “Female,” and twice, as both artist and producer in the Vocal Event of the Year category for “The Fighter” (featuring Carrie Underwood). Urban won Top New Male Vocalist of the Year in 2000, and Top Male Vocalist of the Year in 2004 and 2005.  A win in the Entertainer of the Year category would also make him the eighth ever ACM Triple Crown winner.

Songwriter Shane McAnally received five nominations. He is nominated as Songwriter of the Year, and twice as songwriter in the Song of the Year category for Sam Hunt’s “Body Like A Back Road” and Keith Urban’s “Female.” McAnally is also nominated in the Album of the Year category for Old Dominion’s album “Happy Endings”, and in the Single Record of the Year category as a producer in Midland’s single “Drinkin’ Problems.”

Reigning Female Vocalist of the Year, Miranda Lambert received four nominations, including her twelfth nod for Female Vocalist of the Year. If she wins, it will be her ninth consecutive win in this category. She is the current record holder for most consecutive wins in the Female Vocalist of the Year category. Miranda is currently tied for the winningest artist in ACM history with 29 awards along with Brooks & Dunn. This year she is also nominated twice, both as artist and songwriter, in the Song of The Year category for “Tin Man,” and for Video of the Year for “We Should Be Friends.”

Reigning New Female Vocalist of the Year Maren Morris received four nominations, including her second nod in the Female Vocalist of the Year category.  Morris is also nominated twice, as an artist and producer, in the Vocal Event of the Year category for “Dear Hate” (featuring Vince Gill). She is nominated again in the category with Thomas Rhett for “Craving You.”

Sam Hunt received three nominations for his hit “Body Like A Back Road.” One nod in the Single Record of The Year category, and two, both as artist and songwriter, in the Song of the Year category.

Reigning Vocal Group of the Year, Little Big Town, earned their twelfth nomination in the category. This would be their fourth consecutive win and fifth overall. They are also nominated for Album of the Year for “Breaker”, and Single Record of the Year for “Better Man.”

First-time Academy of Country Music Award nominee, Midland, received three nominations for Vocal Group of the Year, New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year, and Single Record of the Year for “Drinkin’ Problem.”

Eighteen-time ACM Award winner Tim McGraw and sixteen-time ACM Award winner Faith Hill received their first-ever nomination as a duo in the Vocal Duo of the Year category.

Reba McEntire received her sixteenth nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year. This would be her eighth win in the category.

The following is the full list of final nominees…

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

  • Jason Aldean
  • Garth Brooks
  • Luke Bryan
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Reba McEntire
  • Maren Morris
  • Carrie Underwood

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Jason Aldean
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban
  • Chris Young

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • LOCASH
  • Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • Lady Antebellum
  • LANCO
  • Little Big Town
  • Midland
  • Old Dominion

NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Lauren Alaina
  • Danielle Bradbery
  • Carly Pearce
  • Raelynn

NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Kane Brown
  • Luke Combs
  • Devin Dawson
  • Russell Dickerson
  • Brett Young

NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • High Valley
  • LANCO
  • LOCASH
  • Midland
  • Runaway June

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

  • Breaker – Little Big Town (Producer: Jay Joyce, Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville)
  • California Sunrise – Jon Pardi (Producers: Bart Butler, Jon Pardi, Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville)
  • From A Room Vol. 1 – Chris Stapleton (Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton, Record Label: Mercury Records)
  • Happy Endings – Old Dominion (Producer: Shane McAnally, Record Label: RCA)
  • Life Changes – Thomas Rhett (Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett, Record Label: The Valory Music Co.)

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

  • Better Man – Little Big Town (Producer: Jay Joyce, Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville)
  • Body Like A Back Road – Sam Hunt (Producer: Zach Crowell, Record Label: MCA Nashville)
  • Broken Halos – Chris Stapleton (Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton, Record Label: Mercury Records)
  • Drinkin’ Problem – Midland (Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Record Label: Big Machine Records)
  • I’ll Name The Dogs – Blake Shelton (Producer: Scott Hendricks, Record Label: Warner Bros.)

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

  • Body Like a Back Road- Sam Hunt
  • Female – Keith Urban
  • Tin Man – Miranda Lambert
  • Whiskey And You- Chris Stapleton

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

  • Black – Dierks Bentley (Director: Wes Edwards, Producer: Max A. Butler)
  • It Ain’t My Fault – Brothers Osborne (Director: Wes Edwards, Ryan Silver, Producer: Tiffany Davies)
  • Legends – Kelsea Ballerini (Director: Jeff Venable, Producer: Ben Skipworth)
  • Marry Me – Thomas Rhett (Director: TK McKamy, Producer: Dan Atchison)
  • We Should Be Friends – Miranda Lambert (Director: Trey Fanjoy, Producer: April Dace)

 SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR* (Off Camera Award)

  • Rhett Akins
  • Ashley Gorley
  • Hillary Lindsey
  • Shane McAnally
  • Josh Osborne

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

  • Craving You – Thomas Rhett Featuring Maren Morris
  • Dear Hate – Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill
  • Funny (How Time Slips Away) – Glen Campbell And Willie Nelson
  • The Fighter – Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood
  • What Ifs – Kane Brown Featuring Lauren Alaina

The Academy of Country Music’s professional membership selects the nominees and winners of the Academy of Country Music Awards.

The 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by Dick Clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

Tickets to the ACM Awards are now on sale at www.axs.com. Media credential applications to cover the Awards in Las Vegas are now available at www.ACMcountry.com/press.

For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events including ACM Party for a Cause®, visit www.ACMcountry.com and www.PartyForaCause.com. You can like Academy of Country Music onFacebook or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards and Instagram @ACMAwards for more immediate updates.

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