Entertainer of the Year

Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton

Eric Church

Eric Church

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan

Luke Combs

Luke Combs

Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett

Female Artist of the Year

ASHLEY McBRYDE

ASHLEY McBRYDE

Carly Pearce

Carly Pearce

Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Ballerini

Maren Morris

Maren Morris

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert made history at the 2018 ACM Awards, becoming the all-time most awarded artist in Academy history with her wins for "Tin Man" as Song of the Year and her ninth consecutive Female Vocalist trophy. She currently has received 32 ACM awards including five Album of the Year awards 10 Song and Single of the Year awards (as either an artist or songwriter) and the first-ever ACM Me
rle Hag
gard Spirit Award. Meanwhile, Lambert and her friends Ash
ley Mon
roe and Anga
leena Pres
ley resurrected the Pistol Annies in 2018 with Interstate Gospel, a captivating collection that followed Lambert's acclaimed solo release, The Weight of These Wings. Highlighted by singles like "Vice" and "Tin Man," that platinum project won an ACM award for Album of the Year - the fifth time she's won in that category. The Lindale, Texas, native has acquired ACM trophies for hits like "Smokin' and Drinkin'," "Automatic," "Mama's Broken Heart," "We Were Us," "Over," "Over You," "The House That Built Me" and "White Liar." Since winning the 2006 New Female Vocalist award, Lambert has forged her own career path - prompting her to receive the first-ever ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award in 2016. She supports the next generation of women creators through a songwriting scholarship at Belmont University while continuing to raise awareness for shelter dogs through her MuttNation Foundation.

Male Artist of the Year

Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley

Eric Church

Eric Church

Luke Combs

Luke Combs

Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett

Duo of the Year

Brooks & Dunn

Brooks & Dunn

Brooks & Dunn dominated country radio for two decades, from 1991's "Brand New Man" to 2009's "Cowboys Don't Cry." They landed their first ACM Awards for 1991 Vocal Duo and New Vocal Duet or Group. They claimed the Vocal Duo category 16 times, setting a record that may never be broken. Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn shot out of the gate as Brand New Man won the 1992 ACM Award for Album of the Year, while "Boot Scootin' Boogie" picked up Single Record of the Year. They earned Entertainer of the Year honors for 1995 and 1996, the only duo to ever win the award. They picked up a third Entertainer award and a Music Video of the Year trophy for "Only in America" for 2001 Among their 41 Top 10 hits are signature songs include "My Next Broken Heart," "My Maria," 'Ain't Nothin' 'Bout You" and "Red Dirt Road," while the stunning "Believe" picked up 2005 ACM Song of the Year. Known as one of country's most dynamic live acts, Brooks & Dunn is in the midst of a Las Vegas residency with Re
ba. The duo's newest project, Reboot, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's country albums chart this year.
Brothers Osborne

Brothers Osborne

Dan + Shay

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line

Maddie & Tae

Maddie & Tae

Group of the Year

Lady A

Lady A

Little Big Town

Little Big Town

Old Dominion

Old Dominion

The Cadillac Three

The Cadillac Three

The Highwomen

The Highwomen

New Female Artist of the Year

Caylee Hammack

Caylee Hammack

Gabby Barrett

Gabby Barrett

Ingrid Andress

Ingrid Andress

Mickey Guyton

Mickey Guyton

Tenille Arts

Tenille Arts

New Male Artist of the Year

Cody Johnson

Cody Johnson

HARDY

HARDY

Jimmie Allen

Jimmie Allen

Parker McCollum

Parker McCollum

Travis Denning

Travis Denning

Album of the Year

[AWARDED TO ARTIST(S)/PRODUCER(S)/RECORD COMPANY-LABEL(S)]

Born Here Live Here Die Here

Born Here Live Here Die Here

Luke Bryan
Mixtape Vol. 1

Mixtape Vol. 1

Kane Brown
Never Will

Never Will

Ashley McBryde
Skeletons

Skeletons

Brothers Osborne
Starting Over

Starting Over

Chris Stapleton

Single of the Year

[AWARDED TO ARTIST(S)/PRODUCER(S)/RECORD COMPANY-LABEL(S)]

Bluebird

Bluebird

Miranda Lambert
I Hope

I Hope

Gabby Barrett
I Hope You're Happy Now

I Hope You're Happy Now

Carly Pearce & Lee Brice
More Hearts Than Mine

More Hearts Than Mine

Ingrid Andress
The Bones

The Bones

Maren Morris

Song of the Year

[AWARDED TO SONGWRITER(S)/PUBLISHER(S)/ARTIST(S)]

Bluebird

Bluebird

Miranda Lambert
One Night Standards

One Night Standards

Ashley McBryde
Some People Do

Some People Do

Old Dominion
Starting Over

Starting Over

Chris Stapleton
The Bones

The Bones

Maren Morris

Video of the Year

[AWARDED TO PRODUCER(S)/DIRECTOR(S)/ARTIST(S)]

Better Than We Found It

Better Than We Found It

Maren Morris
Bluebird

Bluebird

Miranda Lambert
Gone

Gone

Dierks Bentley
Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Carrie Underwood and John Legend
Worldwide Beautiful

Worldwide Beautiful

Kane Brown

Music Event of the Year

[AWARDED TO ARTIST(S)/PRODUCER(S)/RECORD COMPANY-LABEL(S)]

Be A Light

Be A Light

Thomas Rhett
feat. Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban
Does To Me

Does To Me

Luke Combs feat. Eric Church
I Hope You're Happy Now

I Hope You're Happy Now

Carly Pearce & Lee Brice
Nobody But You

Nobody But You

Blake Shelton feat. Gwen Stefani
One Beer

One Beer

HARDY feat. Lauren Alaina & Devin Dawson
One Too Many

One Too Many

Keith Urban, P!nk

Songwriter of the Year

Ashley Gorley

Ashley Gorley

HARDY

HARDY

Hillary Lindsey

Hillary Lindsey

Josh Osborne

Josh Osborne

Shane McAnally

Shane McAnally

With 40 No. 1 songs and three Grammy awards under his belt, Shane McAnally is well established as one of the top songwriters in Nashville. Throughout his career, McAnally has won dozens of awards and accolades including three ACM awards and a CMA award. His compositions have been recorded by Ke
nny Ch
sney, Ke
lly Cla
rkson, Lu
ke Br
yan, Ke
ith Ur
ban, Mir
anda Lam
bert O
ld Do
minion and countless more. The Academy of Country Music named him Songwriter of the Year in 2014; that same year, he won two Grammys in the Best Country Album and Best Country Song categories for his work on K
acey M
usgraves's debut Same Trailer Different Park. He was named Billboard's Hot Country Songwriter of the Year in 2015. In 2017, S
am Hu
nt's "Bo
dy Li
ke A B
ack Roa
d," which McAnally co-wrote, broke records by spending 34 straight weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart; it was subsequently named the Song of the Year at the CMT Artist of the Year Awards. In 2018, he contributed several songs to Musgra
ves's Golden Hour, which won the Grammy for Album of the Year, including "Sp
ace Co
wboy," winner for Best Country Song. As a producer, McAnally has helped shape the sound of albums by Hu
nt, Musgr
aves, Mid
land, O
ld Domin
ion, and more. After founding a music publishing company, relaunching an iconic record label and creating an acclaimed stage musical, McAnally is expanding his reach to television as a coach on the new NBC show Songland, a role that he describes as "my wildest dream job that I never knew I wanted."

Studio Recording Award Nominees

Bass Player of the Year

This award is presented to an outstanding session bass player, selected by a Professional Panel of judges approved by the ACM officers. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The factors to be considered include, but are not limited to, a commercially released single or album embodying the player's performance, which achieves Top 20 or better on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs, Billboard’s Top Country Albums or Mediabase Country charts during the current eligibility period. If the single was released prior to the eligibility period but achieved its highest charted position during the eligibility period, it is eligible in this category. If the album was released during the two (2) prior eligibility periods but achieved its largest annual charting position during the eligibility period according to Nielsen SoundScan, it is eligible. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

Glenn Worf

J.T. Cure

Mark Hill

Steve Mackey

Tony Lucido

Drummer of the Year

This award is presented to an outstanding session drummer, selected by a Professional Panel of judges approved by the ACM officers. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The factors to be considered include, but are not limited to, a commercially released single or album embodying the player's performance, which achieves Top 20 or better on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs, Billboard’s Top Country Albums or Mediabase Country charts during the current eligibility period. If the single was released prior to the eligibility period but achieved its highest charted position during the eligibility period, it is eligible in this category. If the album was released during the two (2) prior eligibility periods but achieved its largest annual charting position during the eligibility period according to Nielsen SoundScan, it is eligible. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

Aaron Sterling

Derek Mixon

Evan Hutchings

Fred Eltringham

Jerry Roe

Guitar Player of the Year

This award is presented to an outstanding session guitar player, in any capacity, selected by a Professional Panel of judges approved by the ACM officers. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The factors to be considered include, but are not limited to, a commercially released single or album embodying the player's performance, which achieves Top 20 or better on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs, Billboard’s Top Country Albums or Mediabase Country charts during the current eligibility period. If the single was released prior to the eligibility period but achieved its highest charted position during the eligibility period, it is eligible in this category. If the album was released during the two (2) prior eligibility periods but achieved its largest annual charting position during the eligibility period according to Nielsen SoundScan, it is eligible. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

Derek Wells

Ilya Toshinskiy

J.T. Corenflos

Jedd Hughes

Kris Donegan

Piano/Keys Player of the Year

This award is presented to an outstanding session piano/keyboards player, selected by a Professional Panel of judges approved by the ACM officers. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The factors to be considered include, but are not limited to, a commercially released single or album embodying the player's performance, which achieves Top 20 or better on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs, Billboard’s Top Country Albums or Mediabase Country charts during the current eligibility period. If the single was released prior to the eligibility period but achieved its highest charted position during the eligibility period, it is eligible in this category. If the album was released during the two (2) prior eligibility periods but achieved its largest annual charting position during the eligibility period according to Nielsen SoundScan, it is eligible. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

Benmont Tench

Charlie Judge

Dave Cohen

David Dorn

Mike Rojas

Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year

This award is presented to an outstanding session specialty instrument(s) player, selected by a Professional Panel of judges approved by the ACM officers. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The factors to be considered include, but are not limited to, a commercially released single or album embodying the player's performance, which achieves Top 20 or better on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs, Billboard’s Top Country Albums or Mediabase Country charts during the current eligibility period. If the single was released prior to the eligibility period but achieved its highest charted position during the eligibility period, it is eligible in this category. If the album was released during the two (2) prior eligibility periods but achieved its largest annual charting position during the eligibility period according to Nielsen SoundScan, it is eligible. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

Alicia Enstrom

Danny Rader

Ilya Toshinskiy

Jim Hoke

Kristin Wilkinson

Mickey Raphael

Steel Guitar Player of the Year

This award is presented to an outstanding session steel guitar player, selected by a Professional Panel of judges approved by the ACM officers. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The factors to be considered include, but are not limited to, a commercially released single or album embodying the player's performance, which achieves Top 20 or better on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs, Billboard’s Top Country Albums or Mediabase Country charts during the current eligibility period. If the single was released prior to the eligibility period but achieved its highest charted position during the eligibility period, it is eligible in this category. If the album was released during the two (2) prior eligibility periods but achieved its largest annual charting position during the eligibility period according to Nielsen SoundScan, it is eligible. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

Dan Dugmore

Justin Schipper

Mike Johnson

Russ Pahl

Spencer Cullum

Audio Engineer of the Year

This award is presented to an outstanding audio engineer, primarily involved in the recording and/or mixing process, selected by a Professional Panel of judges approved by the ACM officers. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The factors to be considered include, but are not limited to, a commercially released single or album crediting the outstanding audio engineer, which achieves Top 20 or better on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs, Billboard’s Top Country Albums or Mediabase Country charts during the current eligibility period. If the single was released prior to the eligibility period but achieved its highest charted position during the eligibility period, it is eligible in this category. If the album was released during the two (2) prior eligibility periods but achieved its largest annual charting position during the eligibility period according to Nielsen SoundScan, it is eligible. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

F. Reid Shippen

Gena Johnson

Jason Hall

Jeff Balding

Vance Powell

Producer of the Year

This award is presented to an outstanding producer, selected by a Professional Panel of judges approved by the ACM officers. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The factors to be considered include, but are not limited to, a commercially released single or album crediting the producer, which achieves Top 20 or better on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs, Billboard’s Top Country Albums or Mediabase Country charts during the current eligibility period. If the single was released prior to the eligibility period but achieved its highest charted position during the eligibility period, it is eligible in this category. If the album was released during the two (2) prior eligibility periods but achieved its largest annual charting position during the eligibility period according to Nielsen SoundScan, it is eligible. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

Buddy Cannon

Dann Huff

Dave Cobb

Jay Joyce

Joey Moi


Radio Award Nominees

National On-Air Personality of the Year

Big D, Bubba, Patrick Thomas, Carsen

The Big D and Bubba Show

Cody Alan

CMT After MidNite

Kix Brooks

American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks

Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase

The Crook & Chase Countdown

Paul Koffy, Jasmine Sadry, Josh Jensen

Morning Koffy

On-Air Personality of the Year - Major Market

Broadway

WDRQ-FM - Detroit, MI

Chris Carr & Company - Chris Carr, Kia Becht, McKaila Poppen

KEEY-FM - Minneapolis, MN

Double-L – Lois Lewis

KNIX-FM - Phoenix, AZ

Tanner in the Morning - Rob Tanner, Catherine Lane, Chris Allen, Captain Jim

WSOC-FM - Charlotte, NC

The Morning Bull - George, Mo, Cowboy Dave

KILT-FM - Houston, TX

On-Air Personality of the Year - Large Market

Dave & Deb - Dave Gunderson, Deb Turpin

KSOP-FM - Salt Lake City, UT

Lexi & Banks - Lexi Papadopoulos, Jared Banks

KUBL-FM - Salt Lake City, UT

Mad Dawg

WQDR-FM - Raleigh, NC

Obie & Ashley – Obie Diaz, Ashley Morrison

WWKA-FM - Orlando, FL

The Wake Up Call - Kelli Green, David Bugenske

KFRG-FM - Riverside/San Bernardino, CA

On-Air Personality of the Year - Medium Market

Buzz Jackson

KIIM-FM - Tucson, AZ

Geoff Emery

KUZZ AM/FM - Bakersfield, CA

Mo & Styckman

WUSY-FM - Chattanooga, TN

Scott & Sarah in the Morning - Scott Wynn, Sarah Kay

WQMX-FM - Akron, OH

Steve Lundy and Gina Melton

KXKT-FM - Omaha, NE

On-Air Personality of the Year - Small Market

Barrett, Fox & Berry - Bill Barrett, Tim Fox, Tracy Berry

KKNU-FM - Eugene, OR

Dr. Shane and Tess in the Morning - 'Dr.' Shane Collins, Tess Connell

WPAP-FM - Panama City, FL

Erin and Matt In The Morning – Erin Hart, Matt Sharp

KATI-FM - Jefferson City, MO

Steve, Ben and Nikki - Steve Stroud, Ben Walker and Nikki Thomas

WXBQ-FM - Bristol, VA

The Philip Gibbons Show - Philip Gibbons

WGSQ-FM - Cookeville, TN

Radio Station of the Year - Major Market

KKBQ-FM

Houston, TX

KNIX - FM

Phoenix, AZ

KSON-FM

San Diego, CA

WKLB-FM

Boston, MA

WXTU-FM

Philadelphia, PA

Radio Station of the Year - Large Market

KNCI-FM

Sacramento, CA

KSOP-FM

Salt Lake City, UT

WDSY-FM

Pittsburgh, PA

WQDR-FM

Raleigh, NC

WSIX-FM

Nashville, TN

Radio Station of the Year - Medium Market

KSKS-FM

Fresno, CA

KUZZ-AM/FM

Bakersfield, CA

KXKT-FM

Omaha, NE

WHKO-FM

Dayton, OH

WIVK-FM

Knoxville, TN

Radio Station of the Year - Small Market

KATI-FM

Jefferson City, MO

KCLR-FM

Columbia, MO

KKNU-FM

Eugene, OR

WCOW-FM

Sparta, WI

WXBQ-FM

Bristol, VA