Keith Urban leads the way this year with seven nominations. Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris each have six nominations while Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw have five. Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton each scored three nominations.
The categories generally were filled as expected but the Entertainer of the Year category is surprisingly absent Garth Brooks, Eric Church and Kenny Chesney and it may be time for the ACM (and the CMA) to expand that specific category on a rolling basis based on merit of artists that year. However that’s sliced, it is nice to see Carrie Underwood up for the award after her great year and tour.
Below is the entire list of ACM Awards Nominations:
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 Artist of the Year: Kane Brown, Chris Janson, Chris Lane, Jon Pardi, Brett Young.
New Female Artist of the Year: Lauren Alaina, Cam, Brandy Clark, Maren Morris.
New Vocal Duo/Group Of The Year: A Thousand Horses, Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, LoCash, Maddie & Tae.
Album of the Year: Black, Dierks Bentley; Dig Your Roots, Florida Georgia Line; Hero, Maren Morris; Ripcord, Keith Urban; The Weight Of These Wings, Miranda Lambert.
Single of the Year: "Blue Ain't Your Color," Keith Urban; "H.O.L.Y." Florida Georgia Line; "Humble And Kind," Tim McGraw; "My Church," Maren Morris; "Vice," Miranda Lambert.
Song of the Year (goes to songwriter): "Blue Ain't Your Color," Keith Urban; "Die A Happy Man," Thomas Rhett; "Humble And Kind," Tim McGraw; "Kill A Word," Eric Church f/Rhiannon Giddens; "Tennessee Whiskey," Chris Stapleton; "Vice," Miranda Lambert.
Video of the Year: "Fire Away," Chris Stapleton; "Forever Country," Various Artists; "Humble And Kind," Tim McGraw; "Peter Pan," Kelsea Ballerini, "Vice," Miranda Lambert.
Songwriter of the Year: Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna.
Vocal Event of the Year: "Different For Girls," Dierks Bentley f/Elle King; "Forever Country," Various Artists; "May We All," Florida Georgia Line f/Tim McGraw; "Setting The World On Fire," Kenny Chesney f/P!nk; "Think Of You," Chris Young f/Cassadee Pope.