02/01/2016

NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 51st ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS®

NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR THE
51st ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS®
COUNTRY MUSIC’S PARTY OF THE YEAR®

51st ACM AWARDS® TO AIR LIVE FROM MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network

Eric Church and Chris Stapleton Lead with Five Nominations;
Cam, Chris Young and Little Big Town Each Receive Four Nominations, with Karen Fairchild Receiving An
Additional Nod; Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett Each Receive Three Nominations 

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ENCINO, CA (February 1, 2016) – Nominations were announced today for the 51st ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS®, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, honoring country music’s superstars and hottest emerging talent. Hosted by Dierks Bentley and reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, the ACM Awards are produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Dierks Bentley announced the nominees for six categories including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Duo of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, and Album of the Year live today on “CBS This Morning.” Additionally, “Entertainment Tonight” co-host Nancy O’Dell revealed nominees for the newcomer categories, Single Record of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year on ETOnline.com 

Eric Church is nominated in five categories, including his first for Entertainer of the Year and third for Male Vocalist of the Year. Also, Church is nominated for Album of the Year for Mr. Misunderstood, Video of the Year for “Mr. Misunderstood,” and Vocal Event of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban.

Chris Stapleton earned five nominations, including his first-ever nods for Male Vocalist of the Year, New Male Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Event of the Year for “Hangover Tonight” with Gary Allan, and is twice nominated as both artist and producer in the Album of the Year category for Traveller.

Cam, first-time ACM Awards nominee, received four nominations, including New Female Vocalist of the Year, Video of the Year for “Burning House," and is twice nominated as both artist and producer in the Single Record of the Year category for “Burning House.”

Chris Young received four nominations, including his first Album of the Year nomination for I’m Comin’ Over as both the artist and producer. Also, he received two nods as artist and producer in the Single Record of the Year category for “I’m Comin’ Over."

Little Big Town, reigning Vocal Group of the Year, leads group nominations with four, including their 10th nomination for Vocal Group of the Year. The group earned nominations in the Single Record of the Year and Video of the Year categories for the song “Girl Crush.” Also, Little Big Town received a Vocal Event of the Year nomination for “Smokin’ And Drinkin’” with Miranda Lambert. Additionally, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild received an individual nomination for Vocal Event of the Year for “Home Alone Tonight” with Luke Bryan.

First-time ACM Awards nominee, Chris Janson earned three nominations, including New Male Vocalist of the Year, and is twice nominated as both artist and producer in the Single Record of the Year category for “Buy Me A Boat.”

Reigning Female Vocalist of the Year, Miranda Lambert earned three nominations, including her fifth nomination for Entertainer of the Year and 10th consecutive nod for Female Vocalist of the Year. Additionally, she is nominated for Vocal Event of the Year for “Smokin’ And Drinkin’” featuring Little Big Town.

Thomas Rhett earned three nominations including his first in the Album of the Year category for Tangled Up and Single Record of the Year category for “Die a Happy Man.” Also, he received a nomination for New Male Vocalist of the Year.

Previously fan-voted, Entertainer of the Year and Newcomer categories, New Male Vocalist of the Year, New Female Vocalist of the Year and New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, are now all incorporated into the professional membership voting process this year.

Following is the list of final nominees. Note, nominees for Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Studio Recording Awards and Industry Awards will be announced at a later date. The Academy of Country Music’s professional membership selects the nominees and winners of the Academy of Country Music Awards. Winners in each of the categories, except where noted, will be presented with an ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD during the live television broadcast:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
• Jason Aldean
• Garth Brooks
• Luke Bryan
• Eric Church
• Miranda Lambert

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
• Jason Aldean
• Dierks Bentley
• Eric Church
• Brett Eldredge
• Chris Stapleton

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
• Kelsea Ballerini
• Jana Kramer
• Miranda Lambert
• Kacey Musgraves
• Carrie Underwood

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
• Brothers Osborne
• Dan + Shay
• Florida Georgia Line
• Joey + Rory
• Maddie & Tae

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
• Eli Young Band
• Little Big Town
• Old Dominion
• Rascal Flatts
• Zac Brown Band

NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
• Brett Eldredge
• Chris Janson
• Thomas Rhett
• Chase Rice
• Chris Stapleton

NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
• Kelsea Ballerini
• Cam
• Mickey Guyton
• RaeLynn

NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
• A Thousand Horses
• Brothers Osborne
• Maddie & Tae
• Old Dominion
• Parmalee

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
I’m Comin’ Over – Chris Young
Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young
Record Label: RCA Records

Montevallo – Sam Hunt
Producers: Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally
Record Label: MCA Nashville

Mr. Misunderstood – Eric Church
Producer: Jay Joyce
Record Label: EMI Records Nashville

Tangled Up – Thomas Rhett
Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure, Chris DeStefano, Joe London
Record Label: The Valory Music Co.

Traveller – Chris Stapleton
Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
Record Label: Mercury Records

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
Burning House – Cam
Producers: Jeff Bhasker, Tyler Johnson, Camaron Ochs
Record Labels: Arista Nashville, RCA Records, Kravenworks

Buy Me A Boat – Chris Janson
Producers: Brent Anderson, Chris DuBois, Chris Janson
Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure
Record Label: The Valory Music Co.

Girl Crush – Little Big Town
Producer: Jay Joyce
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

I’m Comin’ Over – Chris Young
Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young
Record Label: RCA Nashville

Take Your Time – Sam Hunt
Producers: Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally
Record Label: MCA Nashville

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] *(Off Camera Award)
Biscuits – Kacey Musgraves
Director: Mark Klasfeld
Producer: Nicole Acacio

Burning House – Cam
Director: Trey Fanjoy
Producer: Trent Hardville

Girl Crush – Little Big Town
Directors: Karla Welch, Matthew Welch
Producer: Amanda Prunesti

Mr. Misunderstood – Eric Church
Directors: Reid Long, John Peets
Producer: Megan Smith

Riser – Dierks Bentley
Director: Wes Edwards
Producer: Jennifer Rothlein

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]*(Off Camera Award)
Hangover Tonight – Gary Allan Featuring Chris Stapleton
Producers: Gary Allan, Greg Droman
Record Label: MCA Nashville

Home Alone Tonight – Luke Bryan Featuring Karen Fairchild
Producers: Jeff Stevens, Jody Stevens
Record Label: Capitol Nashville

Raise ‘Em Up – Keith Urban Featuring Eric Church
Producers: Nathan Chapman, Keith Urban
Record Labels: Hit Red Records, Capitol Nashville

Smokin’ And Drinkin’ – Miranda Lambert Featuring Little Big Town
Producers: Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, Glenn Worf
Record Label: RCA Nashville

Wild Child – Kenny Chesney With Grace Potter
Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
Record Labels: Blue Chair Records, Columbia Nashville

RADIO AWARDS - The following radio awards will be presented during the annual Radio Winners Reception held the day prior to the ACM Awards telecast, on Saturday, April 2 in Las Vegas, NV.

NATIONAL ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR (3-way tie within category lead to increased nominees)
• Blair Garner, Chuck Wicks                                               America's Morning Show
• Cody Alan                                                                         CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan
• Lon Helton                                                                        Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton
• Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase                               The Crook and Chase Countdown
• Sam Alex                                                                         Taste of Country Nights
• The Bobby Bones Show                                                 The Bobby Bones Show
• Whitney Allen, Jackie Stevens & Mike McNamee       The Big Time with Whitney Allen

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MAJOR MARKET
• Ben Campbell and Matt McAllister                           KNIX-FM              Phoenix, AZ
• Cadillac Jack                                                              WQYK-FM           St. Petersburg, FL
• Chris Carr, Maverick and Kia                                   KEEY-FM            St. Louis Park, MN
• Paul Schadt, Meg Butterly, Geof Knight                 WKKT-FM            Charlotte, NC
• Tanner in the Morning                                              WSOC-FM           Charlotte, NC

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – LARGE MARKET
• AJ & Ashley In The Morning                                   WWKA-FM           Orlando, FL
• Dave O’Brien                                                             WLHK-FM            Indianapolis, IN
• Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt & Kevin Freeman WFMS-FM        Indianapolis, IN
• Karen, Scott & Radar                                               WMIL-FM            Greenfield, WI
• Randy Carroll and Jamie Martin                             KAJA-FM             San Antonio, TX

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM MARKET
• Andy Ritchie, Alison Mencer, Jimmy Holt              WIVK-FM            Knoxville, TN
• Broadway, Cory, Jordan                                           WWYZ-FM          Hartford, CT
• Buzz Jackson                                                             KIIM-FM             Tucson, AZ
• Scott Wynn, Sarah Kay, Sue Wilson                      WQMX-FM          Akron, OH
• The Dex and Mo Show                                             WUSY-FM           Chattanooga, TN

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET 
• Bill Barrett, Tim Fox & Tracy Berry                        KKNU-FM            Eugene, OR
• Brent Lane and Candy Ruddy                              WYCT-FM           Pensacola, FL
• Brian Gary, Todd Harding, and Susan Moore –  KUAD-FM           Windsor, CO
The Good Morning Guys
• Scotty Cox & Cara Denis                                       KCLR-FM            Columbia, MO
• Sherry St. John                                                       WXFL-FM           Florence, AL

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – MAJOR MARKET
• KMLE-FM         Phoenix, AZ
• WKKT-FM        Charlotte, NC
• WKLB-FM         Boston, MA
• WQYK-FM        St. Petersburg, FL
• WYCD-FM        Southfield, MI

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – LARGE MARKET
• KAJA-FM          San Antonio, TX
• WLHK-FM         Indianapolis, IN
• WMIL-FM          Greenfield, WI
• WUBE-FM         Cincinnati, OH
• WQDR-FM         Raleigh, NC

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM MARKET
• KUZZ-FM           Bakersfield, CA
• WHKO-FM          Dayton, OH
• WIVK-FM           Knoxville, TN
• WQMX-FM         Akron, OH
• WUSY-FM         Chattanooga, TN

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET
• KKNU-FM          Eugene, OR
• KTTS-FM           Springfield, MO
• WGSQ-FM         Cookeville, TN
• WXFL-FM          Florence, AL
• WYCT-FM         Pensacola, FL

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. For example, Chris Young received two nominations in the Album of the Year category—one each as artist and producer—because that category recognizes both.

Award recipients in each category are noted above parenthetically in the Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 51st Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

Press credential applications to cover the awards in Las Vegas, NV are available from the Media Center at www.ACMcountry.com

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Media Contacts:

Academy of Country Music
Brooke Primero / Melissa Moldovan
818.788.8000
Brooke@acmcountry.com
Melissa@acmcountry.com

CBS Television
Andrea Ballas / Kim Izzo-Emmet
818.655.1581 / 212.975.3820
aballas@cbs.com
krizzo-emmet@cbs.com

dick clark productions
Liz Morentin-Bookasta / Lydia Baskharoon
310.255.4602 / 310.255.0319
lmorentin@dickclark.com
lbaskharoon@dickclark.com

PMK•BNC
Joanna Cichocki / Brian Rubin / Christina Canseco
310.854.4800
Joanna.Cichocki@pmkbnc.com 
Brian.Rubin@pmkbnc.com 
Christina.canseco@pmkbnc.com 

MGM Resorts International Public Relations
Scott Ghertner / Kristen Cadenhead
702-692-6750 / 702-692-6729
sghertner@mgmresorts.com 
kcadenhead@mgmresorts.com 

 

 

NOMINATION FAST FACTS
51st ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS® NOMINEES
**Awards presented in 2016 are for works produced in the calendar year 2015.**

TOP NOMINEES:
Eric Church and Chris Stapleton lead with 5 nominations
Cam, Chris Young and Little Big Town each receive 4 nominations, with Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town nominated for an additional award, individually
Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, and Thomas Rhett receive 3 nominations
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• The 51st Academy of Country Music Awards® will broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, NV on Sunday April 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. After celebrating the 50th Anniversary with a record setting crowd in Texas last year, the ACM will return to Vegas for the 12th year. Though the venue is familiar, the cast will be different this year as Dierks Bentley will host the Awards for the first time. He joins ACM veteran host Luke Bryan, who will be hosting the LIVE televised event for the fourth consecutive year.

• Co-host and reigning Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan has earned his fourth consecutive Entertainer of the Year nomination. He previously won Entertainer of the Year at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards in 2015 and the 48th Academy of Country Music Awards in 2013. Bryan is also nominated for Vocal Event of the Year for “Home Alone Tonight” featuring Karen Fairchild.

• Co-host Dierks Bentley is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year. He also received his second consecutive nomination for Video of the Year for “Riser.” Bentley last won Video of the Year at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards in 2015 for “Drunk On A Plane.” He previously won New Artist of the Year Award in 2003.

Eric Church has five nominations including his first for Entertainer of the Year. Church is also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Mr. Misunderstood, Video of the Year for “Mr. Misunderstood,” and Vocal Event of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban.

Chris Stapleton received a total of five nods including Male Vocalist of the Year, New Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Traveller as an artist and producer, and Vocal Event of the Year for “Hangover Tonight” with Gary Allan. These mark Stapleton’s first nominations as an artist. He was previously nominated for Song of the Year, as a songwriter for “Drink A Beer” in 2014.

• First-time Academy of Country Music Award nominees include:
o Cam (4 nominations – New Female Vocalist of the Year, Video of the Year, “Burning House,” and is twice nominated for Single Record of the Year, “Burning House,” as an artist and producer)
o Chris Janson (3 nominations – New Male Vocalist of the Year, Single Record of the Year, “Buy Me A Boat,” as artist and producer)
o Kelsea Ballerini (2 nominations – Female Vocalist of the Year, New Female Vocalist of the Year)
o Old Dominion (2 nominations – Vocal Group of the Year, New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year)
o A Thousand Horses (1 nomination – New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year)
o Chase Rice (1 nomination – New Male Vocalist of the Year)
o Mickey Guyton (1 nomination – New Female Vocalist of the Year)
o Parmalee (1 nomination – New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year)
o RaeLynn (1 nomination – New Female Vocalist of the Year).

• Reigning Female Vocalist of the Year, Miranda Lambert receives her tenth nod for Female Vocalist of the Year. If she wins, it will be her seventh consecutive trophy in this category. She is the current record holder for most consecutive wins in the Female Vocalist of the Year category. Lambert earned a total of three nominations including Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Vocal Event of the Year for “Smokin’ and Drinkin’” with Little Big Town. If Lambert wins in all three categories, she will be just one win away from Brooks & Dunn’s record of most ACM Awards (27).

Chris Young received four nominations, including two nods in the Album of the Year category for I’m Comin’ Over as both the artist and producer. He was also nominated for Single Record of the Year for “I’m Comin’ Over” as artist and producer. He was previously nominated for Single Record of the Year in 2011 for “Tomorrow,” but has never won an ACM award.

• Reigning Vocal Group of the Year, Little Big Town leads group nominations with four nods, including their 10th nomination for Vocal Group of the Year. The group earned nominations in the Single Record of the Year and Video of the Year categories for the song “Girl Crush.” Little Big Town also received a nomination for Vocal Event of the Year for “Smokin’ And Drinkin’” with Miranda Lambert. Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town also received an individual nomination for Vocal Event of the Year for “Home Alone Tonight” with Luke Bryan for a total of five nominations.

Thomas Rhett earned three nominations for New Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Tangled Up, and Single Record of the Year, “Die A Happy Man.” Rhett was previously nominated for New Artist of the Year at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards in 2015.

Kacey Musgraves earned her fourth consecutive nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year. She is also nominated in the Video of the Year category for “Biscuits.”

• Three-time reigning Male Vocalist of the Year, Jason Aldean, has earned his sixth consecutive nomination in that category. He has also earned his fifth Entertainer of the Year nomination in six years. If he were to win Entertainer of the Year, he would be honored with the coveted Triple Crown Award, as he has previously won Male Vocalist of the Year (2012-2014) and New Male Vocalist (2005) of the Year awards.

Garth Brooks earned his ninth career nomination for Entertainer of the Year, and currently holds the most number of wins in this category with a total of six trophies. He previously won the Entertainer of the Year Award consecutively in 1990-1993 (4) and in 1997-1998 (2).

Rascal Flatts has earned their 11th nomination for Vocal Group of the Year. If they win, this will be their eighth trophy in this category. They are the current record holders for most wins in the Vocal Group of the Year category.

Kenny Chesney is nominated twice in the category of Vocal Event of the Year, for “Wild Child” with Grace Potter as an artist and producer. Chesney last won this award in 2007 (presented in 2008) for “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” with Tracy Lawrence, and Tim McGraw.

Carrie Underwood earned her 11th consecutive nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year. She has previously won this award four times, most recently in 2008 (presented in 2009).

Joey + Rory received their sixth career ACM nomination with their nod for Vocal Duo of the Year. The duo previously won New Vocal Duo of the Year in 2009.

• 2016 marks a strong year for new artists, with six acts nominated in both a newcomer category and either Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Vocal Duo, or Vocal Group of the Year. Artists nominated in both categories include Brett Eldredge, Chris Stapleton, Kelsea Ballerini, Maddie & Tae, Brothers Osborne, and Old Dominion.