2016 ACM Awards Nominees Announced!


The Academy of Country Music announced its coveted ACM Awards nominees this morning for the 51st annual award show. Leading the pack with five nominations each are Eric Church and recent (and much deserved) breakout artist Chris Stapleton.

Also making her presence known is Miranda Lambert, holding the only female slot in a male dominant Entertainer of the Year category. Kelsea Ballerini also nabbed a couple of nominations, getting nods in both the Female Vocalist of the Year and New Female Vocalist of the Year categories, while Brett Eldredge and Chris Stapleton received the same recognition in the Male categories.

The ACM Awards will air on CBS Sunday, April 3rd, at 8:00pmET/7:00pmCT live from Las Vegas.

Congratulations to the following artists and industry professionals on their 2016 ACM Award nominations:

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Dierks Bentley
Eric Church
Brett Eldredge
Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Jana Kramer
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Joey + Rory
Maddie & Tae

Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

Album of the Year
Mr. Misunderstood, Eric Church
Montevallo, Sam Hunt
Tangled Up, Thomas Rhett
Traveller, Chris Stapleton
I’m Comin’ Over, Chris Young

New Male Vocalist of the Year
Brett Eldredge
Chris Janson
Thomas Rhett
Chase Rice
Chris Stapleton

New Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Mickey Guyton

New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year
A Thousand Horses
Brothers Osborne
Maddie & Tae
Old Dominion

Video of the Year (Awarded to Producer(s) / Director(s) / Artist(s))
“Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves (Director: Mark Klasfeld / Producer: Nicole Acacio)
“Burning House,” Cam (Director: Trey Fanjoy / Producer: Trent Hardville)
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town (Director: Karla Welch and Matthew Welch / Producer: Amanda Prunesti)
“Mr. Misunderstood,” Eric Church (Director: Reid Long and John Peets / Producer: Megan Smith)
“Riser,” Dierks Bentley (Director: Wes Edwards / Producer: Jennifer Rothlein)

Vocal Event of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s) / Producer(s) / Record Label(s))
“Hangover Tonight,” Gary Allan feat. Chris Stapleton (Producer: Gary Allan, Greg Droman / Record Label: MCA Nashville)
“Home Alone Tonight,” Luke Bryan feat. Karen Fairchild (Producers: Jeff Stevens, Jody Stevens / Record Label: Capitol Nashville)
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban feat. Eric Church (Producers: Nathan Chapman, Keith Urban / Record Label: Hit Red, Capitol Nashville)
“Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” Miranda Lambert feat. Little Big Town (Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf / Record Label: RCA Nashville)
“Wild Child,” Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter (Producer: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney / Record Label: Blue Chair, Columbia Nashville)

Single Record of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s) / Producer(s) / Record Label(s))
“Burning House,” Cam
“Buy Me a Boat,” Chris Janson
“Die a Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“I’m Comin’ Over,” Chris Young
“Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt

Song of the Year
“Burning House,” Cam (Jeffrey Bhasker, Tyler Johnson, Cam)
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town (Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose)
“Nobody to Blame,” Chris Stapleton (Chris Stapleton, Barry Bales, Ronnie Bowman)
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban featuring Eric Church (Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnston, Jeffrey Steele)
“She Don’t Love You,” Eric Paslay (Eric Paslay, Jennifer Wayne)

Songwriter of the Year
Rodney Clawson
Ross Copperman
Ashley Gorley
Shane McAnally
Josh Osborne


This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Realworld2424@Gmail.com'

    What about Alan Jackson he had some great songs last year it’s suppose to be COUNTRY MUSIC .I will not watch the show .them song are old not new they already been voted on last year.Aboult Real country music.THAT’S what Country Music is not Country rock.start DOING your job. ,

  2. shawn_chad@aol.com'

    Hi Jen,

    I can tell that you are an an intelligent, wise and strong professional. Good for you to enjoy doing what you love. Unlike you I resented doing job for over 20 years from the time I was bullied so forced to quit the high school at 16 years of age. I had no choice but to work to look after my wife and 3 children and elderly mother who was a widow for about 55 years. Sadly she passed away a couple years ago. I disliked my job but tried to like it by getting comfort from knowing I am the sole breadwinner and therefore this is my absolute duty as a father – husband – son. Bye the way, my dream was always to become an attorney but I never found time to be one and miss it everyday in my life. Please continue doing what you like and love and are passionate about Jen.

    Good Luck!


  3. mjgregg@embarqmail.com'
    Jean Gregg

    In Nashville, go look at Kelsey Waters!! up and coming and so very talented!!! Better than Grace Potter, songwriting amazing, and a very special voice also!!!!

  4. Barbiewait@aol.com'

    Where the hell is Blake Shelton?????????

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