The nominations for the 50TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS were announced today. The event will be hosted by ACM Award winners Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, and will be broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, April 19 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Nominees were revealed online via the fourth annual ACM digital press conference this morning. Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, Kristian Bush, Brandy Clark, Tara Lipinski, Dustin Lynch, Joel McHale, Nancy O’Dell, Melissa Peterman, Jamie Lynn Spears and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders all announced nominations via photo postings to the Academy’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts during the online event.

Once again, fans will help select the winner of both the Academy’s most prestigious honor, Entertainer of the Year and the New Artist of the Year. As previously announced, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, Cole Swindell and Dan + Shay are the semi-finalists for this year’s ACM New Artist of the Year Award. These top eight artists from the first round of ACM professional voting will compete via fan vote at voteACM.com and voteacm.CMT.com, combined with the ACM professional membership vote, to determine the three nominees for the award. An additional combined fan and professional membership vote will determine the winner. The winners of Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year will be announced live during the 50TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS.

Miranda Lambert earned eight nominations, including her fourth nomination for Entertainer of the Year and ninth consecutive nod for Female Vocalist of the Year, with additional nominations for Album of the Year, plus Single Record of the Year and twice for Song of the Year, as artist and songwriter, for “Automatic.” Her nominations continue with Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for “Somethin’ Bad” with Carrie Underwood. Lambert is the reigning ACM Female Vocalist of the Year.

Dierks Bentley received seven nominations, including Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Riser, Single Record of the Year and Video of the Year for “Drunk On A Plane.” In the category for Song of the Year, Bentley is nominated twice for “I Hold On,” as artist and songwriter. Bentley is also nominated for Vocal Event of the Year with The Cadillac Three, Florida Georgia Line and Mike Eli for “The South.”

Reigning Vocal Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line were nominated for five awards, including their first in the Entertainer of the Year category, their third consecutive nod for Vocal Duo of the Year and a nomination for Single Record of the Year for “Dirt.” They received two nominations in the Vocal Event of the Year category, one for “The South” with The Cadillac Three, Dierks Bentley and Mike Eli, and for “This Is How We Roll” with Luke Bryan.

Luke Bryan received four nominations, including his third consecutive nomination for both Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He also earned a Song of the Year nomination for “Drink a Beer” and Vocal Event of the Year nomination for “This Is How We Roll” with Florida Georgia Line.

Kenny Chesney was nominated for four awards, including Song of the Year, Video of the Year and twice in the Single Record of the Year category as an artist and producer. All of Chesney’s nods were attributed to his hit song, “American Kids.”

Eric Church earned four nominations, including a nod for Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for The Outsiders. Church is also nominated twice in the Song of the Year category, as the artist and songwriter for “Give Me Back My Hometown.”

The Academy of Country Music’s professional membership selects the nominees and winners of the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, and selects the final top five nominees of the Entertainer of the Year category. New Artist of the Year final nominees will be selected by a combined vote of the fans and professional members.

 

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

  •  Jason Aldean
  •  Garth Brooks
  •  Luke Bryan
  •  Miranda Lambert
  •  Florida Georgia Line

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR [TIE]

  •  Jason Aldean
  •  Dierks Bentley
  •  Luke Bryan
  •  Eric Church
  •  Brad Paisley
  •  Blake Shelton

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  •  Brandy Clark
  •  Miranda Lambert
  •  Martina McBride
  •  Kacey Musgraves
  •  Carrie Underwood

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

  •  Brothers Osborne
  •  Dan + Shay
  •  Florida Georgia Line
  •  Maddie & Tae
  •  The Swon Brothers

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

  •  Lady Antebellum
  •  Little Big Town
  •  Rascal Flatts
  •  The Band Perry
  •  Zac Brown Band

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  •  Old Boots, New Dirt – Jason Aldean
  •  Pain Killer – Little Big Town
  •  Platinum – Miranda Lambert
  •  Riser – Dierks Bentley
  •  The Outsiders – Eric Church

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR

  •  American Kids – Kenny Chesney
  •  Automatic – Miranda Lambert
  •  Dirt – Florida Georgia Line
  •  Drunk On A Plane – Dierks Bentley
  •  I Don’t Dance – Lee Brice

SONG OF THE YEAR

  •  American Kids – Kenny Chesney
  •  Automatic – Miranda Lambert
  •  Drink A Beer – Luke Bryan
  •  Follow Your Arrow – Kacey Musgraves
  •  Give Me Back My Hometown – Eric Church
  •  I Hold On – Dierks Bentley