Chris Stapleton Leads 2021 ACM Awards Nominations

March 1, 2021

With six nominations in four categories, country music powerhouse Chris Stapleton leads the 2021 ACM Awards nominations. Earning his third nomination for Entertainer of the Year, Stapleton is also nominated for Male Artist of the Year and received double-nods for Album of the Year for Starting Over, as both artist and producer, and Song of the Year for “Starting Over,” as both artist and songwriter.

 

Carly Pearce and producer Dann Huff picked up three nominations each, while Brothers Osborne, Old Dominion and Dierks Bentley are each up for two awards.

 

Nominees in top categories were revealed Friday morning on CBS This Morning by Female Artist of the Year nominee Kelsea Ballerini and double-nominees Brothers Osborne. The 2021 show will air on April 18 at 8PM ET/PT, broadcasting from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House with additional performances at the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe.

 

Congratulations to all our 2021 ASCAP ACM Awards nominees:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Chris Stapleton

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

 

Kelsea Ballerini

Carly Pearce

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

 

Dierks Bentley

Chris Stapleton

DUO OF THE YEAR

 

Brothers Osborne

Dan + Shay

Maddie & Tae

GROUP OF THE YEAR

 

Lady A

Old Dominion

The Cadillac Three

NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

 

Caylee Hammack

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

 

Mixtape Vol. 1

Producer: Dann Huff

 

Skeletons – Brothers Osborne

 

Starting Over – Chris Stapleton

Producer: Chris Stapleton

 

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

I Hope You’re Happy Now – Carly Pearce

More Hearts Than Mine

Producer: Sam Ellis

 

The Bones

Producer: Greg Kurstin

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

 

Some People Do – Old Dominion

Songwriter: Matt Ramsey

Publishers: Carrot Seed Songs; EMI Blackwood Music INC; Smackville Music; Songs of ROC Nation; Teremitry Rhythm House Music; Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp; Smack Hits; Tempo Investments; Warner Gro Met Ric Music

 

Starting Over – Chris Stapleton

Songwriter: Chris Stapleton

Publishers: I Wrote These Songs; Straight Six Music; WC Music Corp

 

The Bones

Songwriter: Jimmy Robbins

Publishers: Big Machine Music, LLC; Extraordinary Alien Publishing; International Dog Music; Oh Denise Publishing; Round Hill Songs; Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

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

Gone – Dierks Bentley

Producer: David Garcia

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

 

Ashley Gorley

Hillary Lindsey

Josh Osborne

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

 

Be A Light -  featuring Reba McEntire

Producer: Dann Huff

 

I Hope You’re Happy Now – Carly Pearce

STUDIO RECORDING AWARDS

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

 

Tony Lucido

Glenn Worf

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR

 

Jerry Roe

 

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

 

Jedd Hughes

Ilya Toshinskiy

 

PIANO/KEYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

 

Benmont Tench

SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT PLAYER OF THE YEAR

 

Ilya Toshinskiy

AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

 

Reid Shippen

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

 

Buddy Cannon

Dann Huff