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Chris Stapleton Tops ACM Nominations

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LAS VEGAS (CelebrityAccess) — The Academy of Country Music announced the nominations for the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards, with Chris Stapleton leading the charge with eight nods.

Stapleton picked up nominations for Entertainer of the Year, as well as 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.”

Last year’s Female Vocalist winner 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. Lambert 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.”

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. Reba was also announced as the host for this year’s award Gala, which takes place on April 15th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. This year’s show will mark Reba’s fifteenth time hosting the ceremony, last appearing in 2012 with Blake Shelton.

The awards show will be broadcast live on CBS.

 

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)]

  • The 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: Volume 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
    Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
    Publishers: Universal Music Corp./Sam Hunt Publishing, Highly Combustible Music/I Love Pizza Music,/Songs of Southside Independent Music Publishing/Who Wants to Buy My Publishing/Atlas Music Publishing, Anderson Fork In The Road Music/Smackville Music/Smack Songs LLC, Smack Hits
  • Female – Keith Urban
    Songwriters: Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon and Shane McAnally
    Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music Inc./Rezolant Music/Plain Jane Songs, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./A Girl Named Charlie (BMI), Smack Hits/Smack Songs LLC (GMR)
  • Tin Man – Miranda Lambert
    Songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert Jon Randall
    Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Beat Up Ford Publishing (BMI), BMG Platinum Songs (BMI)/SWMBMGBMI/Lonesome Vinyl Music
  • Whiskey And You – Chris Stapleton
    Songwriters: Lee Thomas Miller, Chris Stapleton
    Publishers: WB Music Corp./New Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./New Sea Gayle Music (BMI)

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

Producers: Julian Bunetta, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett

Record Label: The Valory Music Co.

  • Dear Hate – Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill

Producers: Brad Hill, Maren Morris

Record Label: Columbia Nashville

  • Funny (How Time Slips Away) – Glen Campbell And Willie Nelson

Producer: Carl Jackson

Record Label: Universal Music Enterprises

  • The Fighter – Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood

Producers: Busbee, Keith Urban

Record Label: Capitol Nashville

  • What Ifs – Kane Brown Featuring Lauren Alaina

Producer: Dann Huff

Record Label: RCA Nashville

ACM RADIO AWARDS – The following previously announced radio awards will be presented during the annual Radio Winners Reception, which will be held at Topgolf Las Vegas at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on Saturday, April 14.

 

NATIONAL ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 

  • Cody Alan                                                                              CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan
  • Bobby Bones, Amy, Lunchbox, Eddie                               The Bobby Bones Show
  • Terri Clark                                                                             Country Gold with Terri Clark
  • Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase                                   Crook and Chase Countdown
  • Ty Bentli, Kelly Ford and Chuck Wicks                             Ty, Kelly & Chuck

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MAJOR MARKET

  • Bud and Broadway                                                                  WIL-FM                                St. Louis, MO
  • Cadillac Jack                                                                              WQYK-FM                            St. Petersburg, FL
  • Chris Carr, Kia, Maverick and McKaila                                  KEEY-FM                              St. Louis Park, MN
  • Paul Schadt, Meg Butterly, Geof Knight                               WKKT-FM                             Charlotte, NC
  • Roxanne Steele                                                                         WYCD-FM                             Detroit, MI

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – LARGE MARKET

  • Dale Carter                                                                                 KFKF-FM                              Kansas City, MO
  • Double-L                                                                                    KWNR-FM                             Las Vegas, NV
  • Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt & Kevin Freeman              WFMS-FM                           Indianapolis, IN
  • Johnson and Johnson                                                                KUBL-FM                             Salt Lake City, UT
  • The Randy, Jamie and JoJo Show                                            KAJA-FM                             San Antonio, TX

 

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM MARKET

  • The 97.5 WPCV Breakfast Club with Roger Todd,
    Julie Kay and DJ Thee Trucker                                               WPCV-FM                            Lakeland, FL
  • Carina With A Twist Of Lime                                                  WCYQ-FM                           Knoxville, TN
  • Buzz Jackson                                                                             KIIM-FM                               Tucson, AZ
  • Steve & Geoff                                                                          KUZZ-AM/FM                       Bakersfield, CA
  • The Odd Squad                                                                        CKRY-FM                               Calgary, AB

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET

  • Ben Butler and Arnie Andrews                                             WCOW-FM                           Sparta, WI
  • Bobby and Steve (and Mandi!)                                            WKYQ-FM                             Paducah, KY
  • Dave Daniels                                                                            KHAY-FM                              Ventura, CA
  • Pat James                                                                                KHUT-FM                              Hutchinson, KS
  • The Q Crew with Jason and Ashley on Q100.3                 KRWQ-FM                            Medford, OR

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – MAJOR MARKET

  • KILT-FM                                 Houston, TX
  • KMLE-FM                              Phoenix, AZ
  • KSCS-FM                               Dallas. TX
  • WIL-FM                                 St. Louis, MO
  • WPOC-FM                            Baltimore, MD

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – LARGE MARKET (tie within category increased nominees)

  • KAJA-FM                             San Antonio, TX
  • KUBL-FM                             Salt Lake City, UT
  • WFMS-FM                           Indianapolis, IN
  • WKDF-FM                            Nashville, TN
  • WSIX-FM                             Nashville, TN
  • WSM-FM                             Nashville, TN

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM MARKET

  • KUZZ-AM/FM                       Bakersfield, CA
  • KXKT-FM                               Omaha, NE
  • WGKX-FM                             Memphis, TN
  • WQMX-FM                           Akron, OH
  • WUSY-FM                            Chattanooga, TN

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET

  • KCLR-FM                              Columbia, MO
  • KHAY-FM                              Ventura, CA
  • KTHK-FM                             Idaho Falls, ID
  • KTTS-FM                              Springfield, MO
  • KYKZ-FM                             Lake Charles, LA

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