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Nominations Announced For The 51st Academy Of Country Music Awards, Country Music's Party Of The Year

Nominations Announced For The 51st Academy Of Country Music Awards, Country Music's Party Of The Year

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LOS ANGELES (Top40 Charts) Nominations were announced today for the 51st ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, Country Music's Party of the Year®, honoring country music's superstars and hottest emerging talent. Hosted by Dierks Bentley and reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, the ACM Awards are produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM - 11:00PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Dierks Bentley announced the nominees for six categories including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Duo of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, and Album of the Year live today on "CBS This Morning." Additionally, "Entertainment Tonight" co-host Nancy O'Dell revealed nominees for the newcomer categories, Single Record of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year on ETOnline.com.

Eric Church is nominated in five categories, including his first for Entertainer of the Year and third for Male Vocalist of the Year. Also, Church is nominated for Album of the Year for Mr. Misunderstood, Video of the Year for "Mr. Misunderstood," and Vocal Event of the Year for "Raise 'Em Up" with Keith Urban.

Chris Stapleton earned five nominations, including his first-ever nods for Male Vocalist of the Year, New Male Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Event of the Year for "Hangover Tonight" with Gary Allan, and is twice nominated as both artist and producer in the Album of the Year category for Traveller.

Cam, first-time ACM Awards nominee, received four nominations, including New Female Vocalist of the Year, Video of the Year for "Burning House, and is twice nominated as both artist and producer in the Single Record of the Year category for "Burning House."

Chris Young received four nominations, including his first Album of the Year nomination for I'm Comin' Over as both the artist and producer. Also, he received two nods as artist and producer in the Single Record of the Year category for "I'm Comin' Over."

Little Big Town, reigning Vocal Group of the Year, leads group nominations with four, including their 10th nomination for Vocal Group of the Year. The group earned nominations in the Single Record of the Year and Video of the Year categories for the song "Girl Crush." Also, Little Big Town received a Vocal Event of the Year nomination for "Smokin' And Drinkin'" with Miranda Lambert. Additionally, Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild received an individual nomination for Vocal Event of the Year for "Home Alone Tonight" with Luke Bryan.

First-time ACM Awards nominee, Chris Janson earned three nominations, including New Male Vocalist of the Year, and is twice nominated as both artist and producer in the Single Record of the Year category for "Buy Me A Boat."

Reigning Female Vocalist of the Year, Miranda Lambert earned three nominations, including her fifth nomination for Entertainer of the Year and 10th consecutive nod for Female Vocalist of the Year. Additionally, she is nominated for Vocal Event of the Year for "Smokin' And Drinkin'" featuring Little Big Town.

Thomas Rhett earned three nominations including his first in the Album of the Year category for Tangled Up and Single Record of the Year category for "Die a Happy Man." Also, he received a nomination for New Male Vocalist of the Year.

Previously fan-voted, Entertainer of the Year and newcomer categories, New Male Vocalist of the Year, New Female Vocalist of the Year and New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, are now all incorporated into the professional membership voting process this year.

Following is the list of final nominees. Note, nominees for Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Studio Recording Awards and Industry Awards will be announced at a later date. The Academy of Country Music's professional membership selects the nominees and winners of the Academy of Country Music Awards. Winners in each of the categories, except where noted, will be presented with an ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD during the live television broadcast:

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

NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Brett Eldredge
Chris Janson
Thomas Rhett
Chase Rice
Chris Stapleton

NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Kelsea Ballerini
Cam
Mickey Guyton
RaeLynn

NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
A Thousand Horses
Brothers Osborne
Maddie & Tae
Old Dominion
Parmalee

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
I'm Comin' Over – Chris Young
Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young
Record Label: RCA Records

Montevallo – Sam Hunt
Producers: Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally
Record Label: MCA Nashville

Mr. Misunderstood – Eric Church
Producer: Jay Joyce
Record Label: EMI Records Nashville

Tangled Up – Thomas Rhett
Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure, Chris DeStefano, Joe London
Record Label: The Valory Music Co.

Traveller – Chris Stapleton
Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
Record Label: Mercury Records


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

Burning House – Cam
Producers: Jeff Bhasker, Tyler Johnson, Camaron Ochs
Record Labels: Arista Nashville, RCA Records, Kravenworks

Buy Me A Boat – Chris Janson
Producers: Brent Anderson, Chris DuBois, Chris Janson
Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure
Record Label: The Valory Music Co.

Girl Crush – Little Big Town
Producer: Jay Joyce
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

I'm Comin' Over – Chris Young
Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young
Record Label: RCA Nashville

Take Your Time – Sam Hunt
Producers: Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally
Record Label: MCA Nashville


VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] *(Off Camera Award)

Biscuits – Kacey Musgraves
Director: Mark Klasfeld
Producer: Nicole Acacio

Burning House – Cam
Director: Trey Fanjoy
Producer: Trent Hardville

Girl Crush – Little Big Town
Directors: Karla Welch, Matthew Welch
Producer: Amanda Prunesti

Mr. Misunderstood – Eric Church
Directors: Reid Long, 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 Company–Label(s)]*(Off Camera Award)

Hangover Tonight – Gary Allan Featuring Chris Stapleton
Producers: Gary Allan, Greg Droman
Record Label: MCA Nashville

Home Alone Tonight – Luke Bryan Featuring Karen Fairchild
Producers: Jeff Stevens, Jody Stevens
Record Label: Capitol Nashville

Raise 'Em Up – Keith Urban Featuring Eric Church
Producers: Nathan Chapman, Keith Urban
Record Labels: Hit Red Records, Capitol Nashville

Smokin' And Drinkin' – Miranda Lambert Featuring Little Big Town
Producers: Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, Glenn Worf
Record Label: RCA Nashville

Wild Child – Kenny Chesney With Grace Potter
Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
Record Labels: Blue Chair Records, Columbia Nashville


RADIO AWARDS - The following radio awards will be presented during the annual Radio Winners Reception held the day prior to the ACM Awards telecast, on Saturday, April 2 in Las Vegas, NV.

NATIONAL ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR (3-way tie within category lead to increased nominees)

Blair Garner, Chuck Wicks - America's Morning Show
Cody Alan - CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan
Lon Helton - Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton
Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase - The Crook and Chase Countdown
Sam Alex - Taste of Country Nights
The Bobby Bones Show - The Bobby Bones Show
Whitney Allen, Jackie Stevens & Mike McNamee - The Big Time with Whitney Allen

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MAJOR MARKET

Ben Campbell and Matt McAllister - KNIX-FM - Phoenix, AZ
Cadillac Jack - WQYK-FM - St. Petersburg, FL
Chris Carr, Maverick and Kia - KEEY-FM - St. Louis Park, MN
Paul Schadt, Meg Butterly, Geof Knight - WKKT-FM - Charlotte, NC
Tanner in the Morning - WSOC-FM - Charlotte, NC

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – LARGE MARKET

AJ & Ashley In The Morning - WWKA-FM - Orlando, FL
Dave O'Brien - WLHK-FM - Indianapolis, IN
Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt & Kevin Freeman - WFMS-FM - Indianapolis, IN
Karen, Scott & Radar - WMIL-FM - Greenfield, WI
Randy Carroll and Jamie Martin - KAJA-FM - San Antonio, TX

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM MARKET

Andy Ritchie, Alison Mencer, Jimmy Holt - WIVK-FM - Knoxville, TN
Broadway, Cory, Jordan - WWYZ-FM - Hartford, CT
Buzz Jackson - KIIM-FM - Tucson, AZ
Scott Wynn, Sarah Kay, Sue Wilson - WQMX-FM - Akron, OH
The Dex and Mo Show - WUSY-FM - Chattanooga, TN

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET

Bill Barrett, Tim Fox & Tracy Berry - KKNU-FM - Eugene, OR
Brent Lane and Candy Ruddy - WYCT-FM - Pensacola, FL
Brian Gary, Todd Harding, and Susan Moore - The Good Morning Guys - KUAD-FM - Windsor, CO
Scotty Cox & Cara Denis - KCLR-FM - Columbia, MO
Sherry St. John - WXFL-FM - Florence, AL

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – MAJOR MARKET

KMLE-FM - Phoenix, AZ
WKKT-FM - Charlotte, NC
WKLB-FM - Boston, MA
WQYK-FM - St. Petersburg, FL
WYCD-FM - Southfield, MI

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – LARGE MARKET

KAJA-FM - San Antonio, TX
WLHK-FM - Indianapolis, IN
WMIL-FM - Greenfield, WI
WUBE-FM - Cincinnati, OH
WQDR-FM - Raleigh, NC

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM MARKET

KUZZ-FM - Bakersfield, CA
WHKO-FM - Dayton, OH
WIVK-FM - Knoxville, TN
WQMX-FM - Akron, OH
WUSY-FM - Chattanooga, TN

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET

KKNU-FM - Eugene, OR
KTTS-FM - Springfield, MO
WGSQ-FM - Cookeville, TN
WXFL-FM - Florence, AL
WYCT-FM - Pensacola, FL

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, Chris Young 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, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 51st 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 the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, 2016 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. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.






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