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Stapleton, Rhett Lead ACM Award Nominees

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Reba McEntire started the unveiling of nominations for the 2018 ACM Awards on her Facebook page earlier this morning (March 1) by sharing the names of artists who received nods for the Song of The Year. She then stopped by CBS This Morning to reveal more nominations. McEntire, the 16-time ACM Award winner, will return to host this year’s event and is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.

Chris Stapleton leads the nominations with a total of eight, while Thomas Rhett scored six nods. Keith Urban has five, and Miranda Lambert is tied with Maren Morris with four ACM Awards nominations. Sam Hunt, Little Big Town and Midland are all up for three ACMs.

Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Stapleton and Urban will compete in the biggest category, Entertainer of the Year.

Not a lot of big surprises in most of the major categories, but Old Dominion receiving a nomination in the the Album category for Happy Endings and Blake Shelton on the list for Single with “I’ll Name The Dogs” do stand out. Shelton was completely shut out of the awards in 2017.

Another surprise was the New Female Vocalist category. While all other awards have five nominees, this one only has four. Lauren Alaina, who released her debut album in 2011, is part of the mix.

In the Vocal Duo category – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are nominated along with duos such as Florida Georgia Line and Brothers Osborne. The couple released The Rest of Our Life, their first all-duets album in November.

In the Vocal Event category – Glen Campbell and Willie Nelson’s are nominated for their collaboration on “Funny (How Time Slips Away)” from Campbell’s final set, Adios.

The 2018 ACM Awards are set to take place on April 15, 2018. They will broadcast live on CBS at 8pm (ET) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

2018 Academy of Country Music Awards Nominees:

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
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 Vol. 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
“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
“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
“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
Rhett Akins
Ashley Gorley
Hillary Lindsey
Shane McAnally
Josh Osborne

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
“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

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