Chris Stapleton, Sam Hunt Lead ACM Awards Nominations

March 2, 2018

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Host Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Kelsea Ballerini, Midland, Carly Pearce and more also earn award nods


Reba McEntire will return as the host for the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards, marking her fifteenth time as ACM Awards host. McEntire also received her sixteenth nomination for ACM Female Vocalist of the Year. The 16-time ACM award winner announced the top nominees in several categories on CBS This Morning on Thursday, March 1st.

Chris Stapleton leads the ASCAP nominees with eight nods in five categories, including his first for Entertainer of the Year, alongside Garth Brooks. 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.”

Sam Hunt received three nominations for his hit “Body Like a Back Road.” One in the Single Record of the Year category, and two, both as artist and songwriter, in the Song of the Year category.

First-time ACM Award nominees Midland received three nominations for Vocal Group of the Year, New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year, and Single Record of the Year for “Drinkin’ Problem.” Newcomer Carly Pearce also received her first ACM nomination in the New Female Artist of the Year category.

The 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards will take place April 15 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Congratulations to all of our 2018 ACM Awards Nominees:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
• Garth Brooks
• Chris Stapleton

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
• Kelsea Ballerini
• Reba McEntire

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
• Chris Stapleton

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
• Brothers Osborne
• Dan + Shay

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
• Lady Antebellum
• LANCO
• Midland
• Old Dominion

NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
• Carly Pearce

NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
• Brett Young

NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
• High Valley
• LANCO
• Midland

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
From A Room Vol. 1 – Chris Stapleton
Producer: Chris Stapleton
Happy Endings – Old Dominion
Life Changes – Thomas Rhett
Producer: Dann Huff

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR
• Body Like A Back Road – Sam Hunt
Producer: Zach Crowell
• Broken Halos – Chris Stapleton
Producer: Chris Stapleton
• Drinkin’ Problem – Midland
Producers: Dann Huff, Josh Osborne

SONG OF THE YEAR
• Body Like a Back Road – Sam Hunt
Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Josh Osborne
Publishers: Universal Music Corp./Sam Hunt Publishing, Highly Combustible Music/I Love Pizza Music,/Songs of Southside Independent Music Publishing/Who Wants to Buy My Publishing/Atlas Music Publishing, Anderson Fork In The Road Music/Smackville Music/Smack Songs LLC
• Whiskey and You – Chris Stapleton
Songwriters: Chris Stapleton
Publishers: WB Music Corp./New Sea Gayle Music

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
• Black – Dierks Bentley
• It Ain’t My Fault – Brothers Osborne
• Legends – Kelsea Ballerini

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
• Ashley Gorley
• Hillary Lindsey
• Josh Osborne

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
• Craving You – Producer: Dann Huff
• What Ifs – Producer: Dann Huff