Nominations were announced 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.
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. Urban shared his reaction to being the most nominated artist this year.
“I’ve been a musician since I was 6 years old,” says Urban. “I just love writing songs, making records and touring. So for the ACMS’s to recognize Ripcord in such a big way is humbling. I share these nominations with everyone in my life who made it possible – and a BIG shout out to all of our fans, who came out to see us on the Ripcord tour. Can’t wait to play for you all again soon,” says Urban.
Morris took to her Facebook page when she heard about her nomination after receiving her first GRAMMY just days ago.
“Well, I can put a cherry on top of this week because I’m nominated for my first ever ACMs! Love seeing all my friends in the categories, too. This night is gonna be epic!” said Morris.
Even the 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.”
The ACM Awards will be broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2 (live 7:00-10:00pm on CBS. See the complete list of nominees on the ACM website.