The ACM nominations are in! Congratulations to Keith Urban who leads all nominees for the 52nd Annual ACM Awards, which will air Sunday night, April 2 live from Las Vegas on CBS-TV. Lady Antebellum announced the nominations this morning (Thursday morning, Feb. 16) on CBS This Morning. Keith has 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.
If Urban wins Entertainer of the Year, he would be eligible to receive the Academy’s prestigious Triple Crown Award, which is given to those who have won New Male/Female Vocalist of the Year, Male/Female Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. He was previously honored with the New Male Vocalist of the Year in 2000 (presented in 2001) and Male Vocalist of the Year in 2004 and 2005 (presented in 2005 and 2006, respectively).
Other leading nominees include reigning Female Vocalist of the Year, Miranda Lambert earning her eleventh nod for Female Vocalist of the Year. If she wins, it will be her eighth consecutive win in this category. Lambert is the current record holder for most consecutive wins in the Female Vocalist of the Year category. She earned a total of six nominations including Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for The Weight of These Wings, Single Record of the Year for “Vice,” Video of the Year for “Vice,” and two nominations as both artist and songwriter in Song of the Year for “Vice.” Currently, Lambert has earned the second-highest number of awards in ACM history, with 26 awards. Brooks & Dunn continues to hold the record of most ACM Awards with 28.
First-time ACM nominee Maren Morris is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, New Female Vocalist of the Year Presented By T-Mobile, two nominations for Album of the Year as artist and producer of Hero, and two nominations for Single Record of the Year for “My Church” as artist and producer.
Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw earned five nominations apiece, while Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton earned three nominations each.
In addition to Morris, other first-time ACM nominees this year include Lauren Alaina; with a nomination for New Female Vocalist of the Year; Kane Brown; nominated for New Male Vocalist of the Year; Chris Lane, nominated for New Male Vocalist of the Year; LOCASH, nominated for New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year; Jon Pardi, nominated for New Male Vocalist of the Year; Cassadee Pope, nominated for Vocal Event of the Year; “Think Of You” with Chris Young; and Brett Young, nominated for New Male Vocalist of the Year.
For the first time in the history of the award, a woman has been nominated in the Songwriter of the Year category (off-camera award). 2017 marks a big change in the category, with two females nominated: Hillary Lindsey and Lori McKenna. Both also received nominations as songwriters for Song of the Year nominees, for “Blue Ain’t Your Color” (Hillary Lindsey) and “Humble And Kind” (Lori McKenna). They compete against Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally.
“Forever Country” a Country Music Association project produced by two-time ACM Award winner Shane McAnally, received two nominations. This is the first time a Country Music Association project has been nominated for an Academy of Country Music Award. It is nominated in both the Video of the Year category and Vocal Event of the Year category. The song is a medley of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again,” and Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” recorded by the Artists of Then, Now & Forever.
Additionally, several out-of-genre artists received their first ACM Awards nominations, including Rhiannon Giddens (nominated for Song of the Year, “Kill A Word” with Eric Church), Elle King (nominated for Vocal Event of the Year, “Different For Girls” with Dierks Bentley), Pink (nominated for Vocal Event of the Year, “Setting The World On Fire” with Kenny Chesney).
Luke Bryan returns to co-host the awards for the fifth consecutive year, joined again by co-host Dierks Bentley for the second consecutive year for the 52nd Annual ACM Awards, which airs Sunday evening, April 2 from Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, live on CBS TV.
Here's the full list:
Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban.
Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban.
Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood.
Big & Rich, Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Maddie & Tae.
Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Rascal Flatts.
Kane Brown, Chris Janson, Chris Lane, Jon Pardi, Brett Young.
Lauren Alaina, Cam, Brandy Clark, Maren Morris.
New Vocal Duo/Group:
A Thousand Horses, Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, LoCash, Maddie & Tae.
Black, Dierks Bentley;
Dig Your Roots, Florida Georgia Line;
Hero, Maren Morris; Ripcord,
The Weight Of These Wings, Miranda Lambert.
"Blue Ain't Your Color," Keith Urban;
Florida Georgia Line; "Humble And Kind,"
"My Church," Maren Morris;
"Vice," Miranda Lambert.
Song: "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;
Chris Stapleton; "Vice," Miranda Lambert.
Video: "Fire Away," Chris Stapleton;
"Forever Country," Various Artists;
"Humble And Kind," Tim McGraw;
"Peter Pan," Kelsea Ballerini,
"Vice," Miranda Lambert.
Songwriter: Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna.
Vocal Event: "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.