ACM awards show nominees announced, full list here

Feb 16, 2017

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Keith Urban's boundary-pushing album "Ripcord" has spawned several top country singles and led him to pick up seven nominations including entertainer of the year and album of the year at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards.

Lady Antebellum announced the nominations Thursday on "CBS This Morning" for the awards show, which will be held April in Las Vegas and aired live on CBS. Urban is also nominated for male vocalist of the year, single record of the year and song of the year.

Six-time nominee Miranda Lambert could make history again as she is nominated for female vocalist of the year, which she has won a record seven years in a row. She is also nominated for album of the year for her double album, "The Weight of These Wings," single record of the year, song of the year and video of the year.

Coming off her Grammy win for best country solo performance, Maren Morris tied Lambert with six nominations, including album of the year for "HERO." She also is nominated as female vocalist of the year, new female vocalist of the year and single record of the year for her song, "My Church."

With strong pop, dance and R&B influences, Urban's album has dominated country radio over the past year, with four singles reaching the top six on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.

Urban, who performed his newest single "The Fighter" at the Grammys last Sunday with Carrie Underwood, said the entertainer of the year nomination is an acknowledgement of great live performances.

"I have been a musician since I was six and playing on stage since I was like 7," Urban told The Associated Press on Thursday. "I have always loved performing on stage, being an entertainer. So that category has always been the highest honor imaginable."

He added that great performances are all about being "in the flow," and mentioned Adele's performance at the Grammys when she restarted her tribute to George Michael.

"She had this incredible courage to stop it in the middle of a live show and say, 'Let me get this thing right,'" Urban said. "It was the most extraordinary thing I have ever seen on a live TV show."

Competing with Urban for entertainer of the year will be last year's winner, Jason Aldean, along with Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Underwood.

Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw both have five nominations each, including a shared nomination for vocal event of the year for their collaboration on the song "May We All."

Bryan and Dierks Bentley, who has three nominations, return to host the awards for a second time together. Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton also each have three nominations.

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Here's the complete press statement  and full list of nominees from the Academy:

ENCINO, CA (February 16, 2017) – Nominations were announced today for the 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, honoring country music’s superstars and hottest emerging talent. Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will return to host for the second consecutive year. The ACM Awards® are produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2 (live 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Ten-time ACM Award winners and multi-platinum trio Lady Antebellum announced the nominees in five categories, including 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 live today on “CBS This Morning.” “Entertainment Tonight” hosts Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier announced additional nominees on ETonline.com. 

Keith Urban leads with seven nominations in five categories, including his seventh for Entertainer of the Year and 10th nod for Male Vocalist of the Year. Urban is nominated twice, as both artist and producer, in the Album of the Year category for Ripcord.  He received an additional two nominations, for both artist and producer, in the Single Record of the Year category for “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” which is also nominated in the Song of the Year category.

Seven-time Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert received six nominations and is once again nominated in the Female Vocalist of the Year category.  Lambert received her fifth nomination in the Album of the Year category for The Weight of These Wings. Lambert’s “Vice” received nods in the Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Video of the Year categories.  Also, she received two nominations for “Vice” in the Song of the Year category, as both artist and songwriter.

First-time ACM nominee Maren Morris earned six nominations in four different categories. Morris received nominations in both Female Vocalist of the Year and New Female Vocalist of the Year categories. She is also nominated twice for Album of the Year, as both producer and artist, on HERO.  Morris is twice nominated as both artist and producer in Single Record of the Year for “My Church.”

Reigning Vocal Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line leads group nominations with five nods, including their fifth nomination in the Vocal Duo of the Year category. Florida Georgia Line is also nominated for the second time in the Entertainer of the Year category. They received their second nomination in the Album of the Year category for Dig Your Roots.  Also, they received nods for Single Record of the Year for “H.O.L.Y.” and for Vocal Event of the Year for “May We All” with Tim McGraw.

Sixteen-time ACM Award winner Tim McGraw received five nominations in four categories. He earned two nominations in the Single Record of the Year category, as both artist and producer, on “Humble And Kind.” Also, McGraw is nominated in the Song of the Year and Video of the Year categories for “Humble And Kind.” In addition, he earned his 13th nod in the Vocal Event of the Year category for “May We All” with Florida Georgia Line.

ACM Awards co-host Dierks Bentley received three nominations, including his fourth nomination in the Male Vocalist of the Year category.  Also, Bentley received his third nod in the Album of the Year category for Black, and his second nod in the Vocal Event of the Year category for “Different For Girls,” featuring Elle King.

Thomas Rhett earned three nominations, including his first in the Male Vocalist of the Year category. Also, Rhett received two nominations as artist and songwriter in the Song of the Year category for “Die A Happy Man.”  The song won Rhett an ACM Award last year in the Single Record of the Year category.

Reigning ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Chris Stapleton is nominated in three categories. Once again, Stapleton is nominated in both the Male Vocalist of the Year category, and the Song of the Year category with “Tennessee Whiskey.”  Also, Stapleton received a nod in the Video of the Year category for “Fire Away.”

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

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

* Jason Aldean

* Luke Bryan

* Florida Georgia Line

* Carrie Underwood

* Keith Urban

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

* Jason Aldean

* Dierks Bentley

* Thomas Rhett

* Chris Stapleton

* Keith Urban

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

* Kelsea Ballerini

* Miranda Lambert

* Maren Morris

* Kacey Musgraves

* Carrie Underwood

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

* Big & Rich

* Brothers Osborne

* Dan + Shay

* Florida Georgia Line

* Maddie & Tae

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

* Eli Young Band

* Lady Antebellum

* Little Big Town

* Old Dominion

* Rascal Flatts

NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE

* Kane Brown

* Chris Janson

* Chris Lane

* Jon Pardi

* Brett Young

NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE

* Lauren Alaina

* Cam

* Brandy Clark

* Maren Morris

* four nominees only

NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE

* A Thousand Horses

* Brothers Osborne

* Dan + Shay

* LOCASH

* Maddie & Tae

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

* Black – Dierks Bentley

Producers: Ross Copperman, Arturo Buenahora Jr.

Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

* Dig Your Roots– Florida Georgia Line

Producer: Joey Moi

Record Label: Big Machine Label Group

* HERO – Maren Morris

Producers: busbee, Brad Hill, Maren Morris

Record Label: Columbia Nashville 

* Ripcord – Keith Urban

Producers: Jeff Bhasker, busbee, Nathan Chapman, Nitzan Kaikov, Dann Huff, Tyler Johnson, Johnny Price, Nile Rodgers, Keith Urban, Greg Wells

Record Labels: Hit Red Records, Capitol Records Nashville

* The Weight of These Wings– Miranda Lambert

Producers: Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf

Record Labels: RCA Nashville, Vanner Records

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

* Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban

Producers: Dann Huff, Keith Urban

Record Labels: Hit Red Records, Capitol Records Nashville

* H.O.L.Y. – Florida Georgia Line

Producer: Joey Moi

Record Label: Big Machine Label Group

* Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw

Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw

Record Labels: McGraw Music, Big Machine Records

* My Church – Maren Morris

Producers: busbee, Maren Morris

Record Label: Columbia Nashville

* Vice – Miranda Lambert

Producers: Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf

Record Labels: RCA Nashville, Vanner Records

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

* Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban

Songwriters: Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen

Publishers: WB Music Corp (ASCAP), Music Of The Corn (ASCAP), HillarodyRathbone Music (ASCAP), BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP), House of Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Spirit Catalog Holdings (S.a.r.l.), Spirit Two Nashville (ASCAP)

* Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett

Songwriters: Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Joe Spargur

Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music Inc (BMI), Cricket On The Line (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp (BMI), Eastman Pond Publishing (BMI), Music of Big Deal (BMI), Nice Life (BMI), Frederic And Reid Music (BMI), BMG Platinum Songs (BMI), Brodsky Spensive Publishing (BMI)

* Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw

Songwriter: Lori McKenna

Publishers: Songs of Universal Inc (BMI), Hoodie Songs (BMI)

* Kill A Word – Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens

Songwriters: Eric Church, Luke Dick, Jeff Hyde

Publishers: Emileon Songs (BMI), Little Louder Songs (BMI), Longer And Louder Music (BMI), Mammaw's Fried Okra Music (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI)

* Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton

Songwriters: Dean Dillon, Linda Hargrove

Publishers: Universal-Songs Of PolyGram International (BMI), EMI Algee (BMI)

* Vice – Miranda Lambert

Songwriters: Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Smack Hits (GMR), Kobalt Music Group,

Ltd. (GMR), Anderson Fork In The Road Music (ASCAP), Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc. (ASCAP), Smackville Music (ASCAP)

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

* Fire Away – Chris Stapleton

Director: Tim Mattia

Producer: Jennifer Rothlein

* Forever Country – Artists of Then, Now & Forever

Director: Joseph Kahn

Producers: Nathan de la Rionda, Jil Hardin, Charleen Manca, Joanna Carter, Chandra LaPlume, Sarah Trahern, Damon Whiteside

* Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw

Director: Wes Edwards

Producer: Jennifer Rothlein

* Peter Pan – Kelsea Ballerini

Director: Kristin Barlowe

Producer: Michelle Abnet

* Vice – Miranda Lambert

Director: Trey Fanjoy

Producer: Ashley Bergeron Ford

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR*(Off Camera Award)

* Ashley Gorley

* Luke Laird

* Hillary Lindsey

* Shane McAnally

* Lori McKenna

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

* Different For Girls – Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King

Producers: Ross Copperman, Arturo Buenahora Jr.

Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

* Forever Country – Artists of Then, Now & Forever

Producer: Shane McAnally

Record Label: MCA Nashville

* May We All – Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw

Producer: Joey Moi

Record Label: Big Machine Label Group

* Setting The World On Fire – Kenny Chesney Featuring P!nk

Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

Record Labels: Blue Chair Records, Columbia Nashville

* Think Of You – Chris Young Featuring Cassadee Pope

Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young

Record Labels: RCA Nashville, RCA Records

RADIO AWARDS - The following previously announced radio awards will be presented during the ACM Party for a Cause® event at The Joint on Saturday, April 1 in Las Vegas, NV.

NATIONAL ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

* Big D, Bubba, Patrick Thomas, Carsen                             The Big D and Bubba Show

* Cody Alan                                                                          CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan

* Kix Brooks                                                                         American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks

* Lon Helton                                                                         Country Countdown USA

* Tracy Lawrence                                                                 Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MAJOR MARKET

* Chris & Nina                                                                      KMLE-FM                 Phoenix, AZ

* George, Mo & Cowboy Dave                                             KILT-FM                   Houston, TX

* Paul Schadt, Meg Butterly, Geof Knight                           WKKT-FM                Charlotte, NC

* Rob & Linda Show - Rob Stone & Linda Lee                     WYCD-FM                Southfield, MI

* Tanner in the Morning                                                        WSOC-FM               Charlotte, NC

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – LARGE MARKET (tie within category increased nominees)

* Ally & Andy                                                                       WDSY-FM                Pittsburgh, PA

* Big Dave, Chelsie and Statt                                              WUBE-FM                Cincinnati, OH

* Dave O’Brien                                                                     WLHK-FM                 Indianapolis, IN

* Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt & Kevin Freeman           WFMS-FM                Indianapolis, IN

* Marty McFly                                                                      WSM-FM                  Nashville, TN

* Q Morning Crew - Mike, Marty and Janie                          WQDR-FM                Raleigh, NC 

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM MARKET

* Andy Ritchie, Alison Mencer, Jimmy Holt                          WIVK-FM                  Knoxville, TN

* Jack Ryan                                                                         WMYL-FM                 Clinton, TN

* Scott Wynn & Sarah Kay                                                   WQMX-FM                Akron, OH

* Steve & Geoff                                                                    KUZZ-FM                  Bakersfield, CA

* Steve & Gina in the Morning on Kat 103.7                         KXKT-FM                  Omaha, NE

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET

* Ben Butler and Arnie Andrews                                             WCOW-FM                Sparta, WI

* Brent Lane and Candy Cullerton                                          WYCT-FM                  Pensacola, FL

* Jason and Ashley "The Q Crew" on Q100.3                        KRWQ-FM                 Medford, OR     

* Scotty Cox & Cara Denis                                                     KCLR-FM                   Columbia, MO

* The Roger & Carly Morning Show                                         KORA-FM                 Bryan, TX

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

* KKBQ-FM                            Houston, TX

* KMLE-FM                            Phoenix, AZ

* KUPL-FM                             Portland, OR

* WIL-FM                               St. Louis, MO

* WKKT-FM                            Charlotte, NC

* WSOC-FM                           Charlotte, NC

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – LARGE MARKET

* KAJA-FM                             San Antonio, TX

* WQDR-FM                          Raleigh, NC

* WSIX-FM                            Nashville, TN

* WSM-FM                             Nashville, TN

* WUBE-FM                           Cincinnati, OH

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM MARKET

* CKRY-FM                            Calgary, AB

* KAWO-FM                           Boise, ID

* KUZZ-FM                            Bakersfield, CA

* KXKT-FM                            Omaha, NE

* WIVK-FM                            Knoxville, TN

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET

* KCLR-FM                            Columbia, MO

* KKNU-FM                            Eugene, OR

* KTHK-FM                            Idaho Falls, ID

* WCOW-FM                          Sparta, WI

* WXFL-FM                            Florence, AL

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Awards counts for artists reflect categories in which they have been recognized as individuals or as part of their duo or group. In some cases, an artist may receive more than one nomination which factors into their official count. For example, Keith Urban received two nominations in the Album of the Year category—one each as artist and producer—because that category recognizes both.

Award recipients in each category are noted above parenthetically in the Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year.

The official red carpet pre-show for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards™ will live stream exclusively on Twitter on April 2, starting at 3pm PT/6pm ET. The pre-show will be available to logged-in and logged-out audiences on Twitter and connected devices.

Sponsors and partners for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards include Comcast and T-Mobile.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 52ND 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 and will broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers.  Pete Fisher and Tiffany Moon are executive producers for the Academy of Country Music.

Press credential applications to cover the awards in Las Vegas, NV are available from the Media Center at www.ACMcountry.com.

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