Nominations Announced for “55th Academy of Country Music Awards™”

ENCINO, CA (February 27, 2020) – The Academy of Country Music® announced today the nominations for the 55TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, honoring the biggest names and emerging talent in the Country Music industry. Reigning ACM® Entertainer of the Year and 15-time ACM Award®-winner Keith Urban will host the show for the first time. The 55th ACM Awards® will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 5 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network, and will be available to stream live and on-demand across digital platforms on the CBS All Access subscription service.

Nominees were revealed online via the ACM Awards Nominations Digital Press Conference held this morning. Urban along with ACM Award-winning artist Lauren Alaina, this year’s ACM Radio Award National On-Air Personality of the Year winner Bobby Bones, Entertainment Tonight’s Cassie DiLaura and Kevin Frazier, CBS This Morning’s Gayle King and reigning ACM New Female Artist of the Year Ashley McBryde all announced select categories via video postings to the Academy’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. It was also announced today Lauren Alaina will be participating in this year’s telecast as the official Backstage Announcer for the 55th ACM Awards.Reigning Group of the Year Old Dominion earned five nominations, including their fifth nod for Group of the Year. They are also nominated for Song of the Year and Video of the Year, plus twice in the Single of the Year category as both artist and producer, for “One Man Band.”  Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi each received individual nominations as songwriters in the Song of the Year category for “One Man Band.”Maren Morris earned five nominations in four categories, including her fourth Female Artist of the Year nomination and first Group of the Year nomination as a member of The Highwomen. She is also nominated in the Album of the Year category twice, as both artist and producer, for GIRL. Additionally, Morris is nominated for Music Event of the Year for “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” with Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack and Elle King.Reigning Male Artist of the Year Thomas Rhett received five nominations in four categories, including his first-ever Entertainer of the Year nomination. Rhett is also nominated twice, as both artist and producer, for his album Center Point Road in the Album of the Year category. Additionally, he received his first Video of the Year nomination for “Remember You Young,” and his fourth Male Artist of the Year nomination.Producer Dann Huff received five nominations, including a nod for Album of the Year with Thomas Rhett as a producer for Center Point Road. He is also nominated for Music Event of the Year as a producer for “What Happens in a Small Town” with Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell, and Single of the Year as a producer for “What If I Never Get Over You” with Lady Antebellum. Huff also received two nominations across the Studio Recording Award categories, including Guitar Player of the Year and Producer of the Year, an award he won previously in 2006, 2009 and 2013.Reigning Duo of the Year Dan + Shay earned four nominations, including their seventh nod for Duo of the Year. They received nominations in the Video of the Year, Music Event of the Year, and Song of the Year categories for “10,000 Hours” (with Justin Bieber). Shay Mooney received his first individual nomination as a songwriter in the Song of the Year category for “10,000 Hours.” Additionally, Dan Smyers received two individual nominations as a songwriter in the Song of the Year category and as a producer in the Music Event of the Year category for “10,000 Hours.”First-time Academy of Country Music Award nominee Justin Bieber earned four nominations for “10,000 Hours” (with Dan + Shay). Bieber is nominated for Music Event of the Year, Video of the Year, and twice, as both artist and songwriter, for Song of the Year.Blake Shelton received four nominations, including Single of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year for “God’s Country.” He is also nominated for Music Event of the Year for “Dive Bar” with Garth Brooks; Shelton previously won in this category in 2009 for “Hillbilly Bone.”Eric Church received three nominations, including his second nod for Entertainer of the Year. Church was also nominated as artist and songwriter in the Song of the Year category for “Some of It” – marking his eighth and ninth nominations in the category.Reigning New Male Artist of the Year Luke Combs received three nominations including Male Artist of the Year and his first nomination for Entertainer of the Year. He also received his first nomination for Album of the Year for What You See Is What You Get.Miranda Lambert received three nominations including Female Artist of the Year, which she has won nine times, more than any other female in the history of the ACM Awards. Lambert was also nominated for Album of the Year for Wildcard and received a nomination for Music Event of the Year for “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” featuring Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack and Elle King. Reigning New Female Artist of the Year Ashley McBryde received three nominations. She received two nominations in the Song of the Year category as both artist and songwriter for “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” her first in the category. Also, she received her first nomination for Music Event of the Year for her contribution to Miranda Lambert’s “Fooled Around and Fell in Love.”Reigning Female Artist of the Year Kacey Musgraves earned three nominations including her seventh nod for Female Artist of the Year. Additionally, she received her first Single of the Year nomination as both artist and producer for “Rainbow.”ACM Award-winning producer busbee is posthumously nominated for two awards, including his third nod for Album of the Year with Maren Morris as a producer for GIRL. Also, he is nominated for Producer of the Year, his third nomination in this category.This year’s nominations list includes 25 artists and industry creators receiving their first-ever ACM Awards nomination. The first-time nominees include Mason Allen, Ingrid Andress, Dan Atchison, Gabby Barrett, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Jeremy Bussey, Clint Daniels, Carlo Glorioso, Riley Green, Caylee Hammack, Michael Hardy, The Highwomen, Cody Johnson, Alexa Kinigopoulos, Stephen Kinigopoulos, Lil Nas X, Angie Lorenz, Sophie Muller, Michael Trent Reznor, Matthew Atticus Ross, Jordan Schmidt, Tenille Townes, Morgan Wallen and YoungKio. The 55th ACM Awards leading nominees include Dan Smyers of Dan + Shay as well as Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi of Old Dominion as each have a total of six ACM Awards nominations.Additionally, women are represented in every Main Award category where they are eligible including Entertainer of the Year (Carrie Underwood) and Album of the Year (Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert).Following is the full list of nominees for the Main Awards, Industry Awards and Studio Recording Awards categories. The Industry Awards and Studio Recording Awards will be presented to recipients at ACM Honors™, a special event held annually in August at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.

MAIN AWARDS:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Luke BryanEric ChurchLuke CombsThomas RhettCarrie Underwood

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Kelsea BalleriniMiranda LambertMaren MorrisKacey MusgravesCarrie Underwood

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Dierks BentleyLuke CombsThomas RhettChris StapletonKeith Urban

DUO OF THE YEAR

Brooks & DunnBrothers OsborneDan + ShayFlorida Georgia LineMaddie & Tae

GROUP OF THE YEAR

Lady AntebellumLittle Big TownMidlandOld DominionThe Highwomen

NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Ingrid AndressGabby BarrettLindsay EllCaylee HammackTenille Townes

NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Jordan DavisRussell DickersonRiley GreenCody JohnsonMorgan Wallen

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

Center Point Road – Thomas Rhett Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Thomas Rhett, The Stereotypes, Cleve WilsonRecord Label: The Valory Music Co.GIRL – Maren Morris Producers: busbee, Greg Kurstin, Maren MorrisRecord Label: Columbia NashvilleHeartache Medication – Jon Pardi Producers: Bart Butler, Ryan Gore, Jon PardiRecord Label: Capitol Records NashvilleWhat You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs Producer: Scott MoffattRecord Label: River House Artists/Columbia NashvilleWildcard – Miranda Lambert Producer: Jay JoyceRecord Label: Vanner Records/RCA Records Nashville

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

God’s Country – Blake Shelton Producer: Scott HendricksRecord Label: Warner Bros. (Nashville)One Man Band – Old Dominion Producer: Shane McAnally and Old DominionRecord Label: RCA Records NashvilleRainbow – Kacey Musgraves Producers: Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves, Daniel TashianRecord Label: MCA NashvilleRumor – Lee Brice Producers: Lee Brice, Dan Frizsell, Kyle Jacobs, Jon StoneRecord Label: Curb RecordsWhat If I Never Get Over You – Lady Antebellum Producer: Dann HuffRecord Label: BMLG Records

SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber Songwriters: Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Jessie Jo Dillon, Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan SmyersPublishers: Beats and Banjos (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) / Shay Mooney Music (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) / Big Ass Pile Of Dimes Music (BMI), Big Machine Music (BMI) / Buckeye 26 (ASCAP), Jreynmusic (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) / Bieber Time Publishing (ASCAP), Universal Music (ASCAP) / Poo B Z Inc. (ASCAP), BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP).Girl Goin’ Nowhere – Ashley McBryde Songwriters: Jeremy Bussey, Ashley McBrydePublishers: Songs of Song Factory (BMI) / Universal Tunes (SESAC).God’s Country – Blake Shelton Songwriters: Devin Dawson, Michael Hardy, Jordan SchmidtPublishers: Relative Music Group (BMI), Administered by Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing (BMI) / WB Music Corp. / Georgia Song Vibez / We-volve Music (ASCAP) / Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. / Neon Cross Music (BMI).One Man Band – Old Dominion Songwriters: Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Brad TursiPublishers: WB Music Corp/Smackville Music/Smack Songs LLC (ASCAP) adm by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing. Rezsongs/Reehits World/Smacktown Music, a division of Smack Blue, LLC adm. by Me Gusta Music. Unfair Entertainment/Twelve6 Dogwood (ASCAP) adm. by Downtown DLJ Songs. We’re Really Doin’ It Publishing (ASCAP) adm by Words & Music. Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing/Smackville Music/Smack Songs LLC (ASCAP) adm. by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing.Some Of It – Eric Church Songwriters: Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde, Bobby PinsonPublishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Longer and Louder Music, admin. by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC; Mammaw’s Fried Okra Music/Little Louder Songs, admin. by Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing; New Writers Of Sea Gayle Music, admin. by ClearBox Rights; New Writers Of Sea Gayle Music/Not A Track Guy Music, admin. by ClearBox Rights (BMI).

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]

10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber Director: Patrick TracyProducer: Christen PinkstonGod’s Country – Blake Shelton Director: Sophie MullerProducers: Jamie Amos, Patrick KennedyOne Man Band – Old Dominion Director: Mason AllenProducer: Mason AllenRemember You Young – Thomas Rhett Director: TK McKamyProducer: Dan AtchisonSugar Coat – Little Big Town Directors: Alexa Kinigopoulos, Stephen KinigopoulosProducers: Wes Edwards, Carlo Glorioso, Angie Lorenz

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR*(Off Camera Award)

Ashley GorleyMichael HardyHillary LindseyShane McAnallyJosh Osborne

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

10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber Producers: Dan SmyersRecord Label: Warner Music NashvilleDive Bar – Garth Brooks Featuring Blake Shelton Producers: Garth BrooksRecord Label: Pearl Records, Inc.Fooled Around And Fell In Love – Miranda Lambert Featuring Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack & Elle King Producer: Jay JoyceRecord Label: Vanner Records/RCA Records NashvilleOld Town Road – Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus Producers: Michael Trent Reznor, Atticus Matthew Ross, YoungKioRecord Label: Columbia RecordsWhat Happens In A Small Town – Brantley Gilbert Featuring Lindsay Ell Producer: Dann HuffRecord Label: The Valory Music Co.

INDUSTRY AWARDS:

CASINO OF THE YEAR – THEATER

The Colosseum at Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, NVThe Joint: Tulsa – Tulsa, OKSoaring Eagle Casino & Resort – Mt. Pleasant, MIThe Venetian Resort Hotel Casino – Las Vegas, NVWinStar Global Event Center – Thackerville, OK

CASINO OF THE YEAR – ARENA

Mark G. Etess Arena – Atlantic City, NJMGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NVSandia Amphitheater – Albuquerque, NMStir Concert Cove – Council Bluffs, IAT Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, NV

FAIR/RODEO OF THE YEAR

California Mid-State Fair – Paso Robles, CACheyenne Frontier Days – Cheyenne, WYHouston Livestock Show & Rodeo – Houston, TXMinnesota State Fair – St. Paul, MNSan Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo – San Antonio, TX

FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR

Boots and Hearts Music Festival – Oro-Medonte, ONStagecoach – Indio, CATortuga Music Festival – Fort Lauderdale, FLWatershed Festival – George, WAWindy City Smokeout – Chicago, IL

CLUB OF THE YEAR

Billy Bob’s Texas – Fort Worth, TXCoyote Joe’s – Charlotte, NCGrizzly Rose – Denver, COJoe’s Live – Rosemont, ILLosers Bar & Grill – Nashville, TN

THEATER OF THE YEAR

The Beacon Theatre – New York, NYThe Chicago Theatre – Chicago, ILDeJoria Center – Salt Lake City, UTRialto Square Theatre – Joliet, ILRuth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, FL

OUTDOOR VENUE OF THE YEAR

Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion – Gilford, NHGreek Theatre – Los Angeles, CAInnsbrook After Hours – Glen Allen, VARed Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CORose Music Center – Huber Heights, OHThe Wharf at Orange Beach – Orange Beach, AL

ARENA OF THE YEAR

Infinite Energy Center – Duluth, GAMadison Square Garden – New York, NYStaples Center – Los Angeles, CAVan Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, MIVyStar Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, FL

DON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR

Clay Campbell – Triangle TalentGary Osier – Gary Osier PresentsGil Cunningham – Neste Live!Kell Houston – Houston ProductionsNina Rojas – Neste Live!Todd Boltin – Variety Attractions

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

Adam Weiser – AEG PresentsBrian O’Connell – Live NationJered Johnson – Pepper ProductionsStacy Vee – Goldenvoice, MTGTroy Vollhoffer – Country Thunder

STUDIO RECORDING AWARDS:

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Eli BeairdMike BrignardelloTim MarksMichael RhodesJimmie Lee Sloas

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR

Fred EltringhamMiles McPhersonGreg MorrowJerry RoeNir Zidkyahu

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Tom BukovacDann HuffRob McNelleyAdam ShoenfeldIlya Toshinskiy

PIANO/KEYBOARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

David DornTony HarrellCharlie JudgeTim LauerGordon MoteMike Rojas

SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Stuart DuncanJenee FleenorJim HokeDanny RaderJoe SpiveyCharlie Worsham

STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Dan DugmorePaul FranklinJosh GrangeRuss PahlJustin Schipper

AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

Chuck AinlayJeff BaldingTony CastleJulian KingSteve MarcantonioJustin Niebank

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

busbeeBuddy CannonDann HuffMichael KnoxJoey Moi

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.Award recipients in each category are
noted above parenthetically in the Album of the Year, Single of the
Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Music Event of the Year.The 55th
ACM Awards will feature exciting performances, unprecedented
collaborations, surprising moments and more to be announced in the
coming weeks. Tickets for the 55th ACM Awards are available for purchase now at ACMawards.com. The media credential application to apply to cover the Awards in Las Vegas is available at www.ACMcountry.com/press.For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events including ACM Party for a Cause®, visit ACMcountry.com. You can also like Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards, follow on Instagram at @ACMawards and sign up for the FREE ACM A-List for more immediate updates.

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