Academy of Country Music (ACM) announced the nominees for its upcoming show in Vegas which will air on April 15th. Chris Stapleton claimed the most ACM nominations totaling eight nominations. Thomas Rhett racks up six, Keith Urban and songwriter Shane McAnally each have five nods, Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris each have four, Sam Hunt, Little Big Town, and Midland each received three.
Just recently, it was announced that Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley were out this year as the hosts of the ACMs, as Reba McEntire will return to host the show this year. Reba received her sixteenth nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year. This would be her eighth win in the category
Chris Stapleton has eight nominations in five categories, including his first nod for Entertainer of the Year. Stapleton is also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, and twice, as both artist and producer, in both the Album of the Year and Single Record of the Year categories; he received the Album of the Year nod for From a Room: Volume 1, and the Single Record of the Year nod for “Broken Halos.” He is also nominated twice, both as artist and songwriter, in the Song of The Year category for “Whiskey and You.”
In October 2017, Stapleton’s wife Morgane announced on Instagram the couple was expecting twins stating,”14 years, 2 babies, & 2 more on the way. Happy 10 year anniversary babe! You make my whole world go round.”
The couple was just photographed for GQ magazine feature titled, “We Got All Dressed Up with 15 Living Legends of Country Music, From Randy Travis to Chris Stapleton.
“Chris may be the man out front, but Morgane (seen here carrying twins) is a formidable harmonizer. The couple also share a nice twin set of CMA Album of the Year awards, one for each of Chris’s first two records. Along the way he more or less re-invented the entire genre, dragging Merle Haggard’s outlaw attitude through Tom Petty’s rock ‘n’ roll swamp on his way to a soul-food breakfast with Otis Redding. Chris plays basketball arenas now, but he’s not one to rest on his laurels. “You do the work and you put your head down and you keep doing the work,” he says. “And when you’re done doing that work, you go do some more work,” says GQ magazine.
See the complete list of ACM nominees here.