Entertainer of the Year

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood

Eric Church

Eric Church

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan

Luke Combs

Luke Combs

Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett

Male Artist of the Year

Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley

Keith Urban

Keith Urban

Luke Combs

Luke Combs

Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett

Female Artist of the Year

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves

Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Ballerini

Maren Morris

Maren Morris

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert

Duo of the Year

Brooks & Dunn

Brooks & Dunn

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

Midland

Midland

Old Dominion

Old Dominion

The Highwomen

The Highwomen

New Female Artist of the Year

Caylee Hammack

Caylee Hammack

Gabby Barrett

Gabby Barrett

Ingrid Andress

Ingrid Andress

Lindsay Ell

Lindsay Ell

Tenille Townes

Tenille Townes

New Male Artist of the Year

Cody Johnson

Cody Johnson

Jordan Davis

Jordan Davis

Morgan Wallen

Morgan Wallen

Riley Green

Riley Green

Russell Dickerson

Russell Dickerson

Album of the Year

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

Center Point Road

Center Point Road

Thomas Rhett
GIRL

GIRL

Maren Morris
Heartache Medication

Heartache Medication

Jon Pardi
What You See Is What You Get

What You See Is What You Get

Wildcard

Wildcard

Miranda Lambert

Single of the Year

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

God's Country

God's Country

Blake Shelton
One Man Band

One Man Band

Old Dominion
Rainbow

Rainbow

Kacey Musgraves
Rumor

Rumor

Lee Brice
What If I Never Get Over You

What If I Never Get Over You

Lady A

Song of the Year

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

10,000 Hours

10,000 Hours

Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber
Girl Goin' Nowhere

Girl Goin' Nowhere

Ashley McBryde
God's Country

God's Country

Blake Shelton
One Man Band

One Man Band

Old Dominion
Some Of It

Some Of It

Eric Church

Video of the Year

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

10,000 Hours

10,000 Hours

Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber
God's Country

God's Country

Blake Shelton
One Man Band

One Man Band

Old Dominion
Remember You Young

Remember You Young

Thomas Rhett
Sugar Coat

Sugar Coat

Little Big Town

Music Event of the Year

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

10,000 Hours

10,000 Hours

Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber
Dive Bar

Dive Bar

Garth Brooks feat. Blake Shelton
Fooled Around And Fell In Love

Fooled Around And Fell In Love

Miranda Lambert feat. Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack and Elle King
Old Town Road

Old Town Road

Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
What Happens In A Small Town

What Happens In A Small Town

Brantley Gilbert feat. Lindsay Ell

Songwriter of the Year

Ashley Gorley

Ashley Gorley

Hillary Lindsey

Hillary Lindsey

Josh Osborne

Josh Osborne

Michael Hardy

Michael Hardy

SHANE McANALLY

SHANE McANALLY


Industry Award Nominees

Casino of the Year - Theater

This award is presented to an outstanding theater or showroom within a casino, selected by a Professional Panel of judges. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The casino theater or showroom must have bought or promoted at least five (5) country concerts/dates during the eligibility period, be in good standing with all agents and help promote country ticket sales. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort - Mt. Pleasant, MI

The Colosseum at Caesars Palace - Las Vegas, NV

The Joint: Tulsa - Tulsa, OK

The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino - Las Vegas, NV

WinStar Global Event Center - Thackerville, OK

Casino of the Year - Arena

This award is presented to an outstanding arena or amphitheater within a casino selected by a Professional Panel of judges. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The casino arena or amphitheater must have bought or promoted at least four (4) country concerts/dates during the eligibility period, be in good standing with all agents and help promote country ticket sales. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

Mark G. Etess Arena - Atlantic City, NJ

MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas, NV

Sandia Amphitheater - Albuquerque, NM

Stir Concert Cove - Council Bluffs, IA

T Mobile Arena - Las Vegas, NV

Fair/Rodeo of the Year

This award is presented to an outstanding fair/rodeo where artist(s) received market value compensation for their performance, selected by a Professional Panel of judges. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The fair/rodeo must have included a minimum of one (1) country music artist as a headliner, occurred during the eligibility period, and be in good standing with all professional vendors and help promote country ticket sales. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

California Mid-State Fair - Paso Robles, CA

Cheyenne Frontier Days - Cheyenne, WY

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo - Houston, TX

Minnesota State Fair - St. Paul, MN

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo - San Antonio, TX

Festival of the Year

This award is presented to an outstanding country music festival where artist(s) received market value compensation for their performance, selected by a Professional Panel of judges. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The festival must have taken place over two (2) or more consecutive days, included a minimum of ten (10) acts, with at least ninety percent (90%) of headlining acts classed in the country genre, occurred during the eligibility period, and be in good standing with all professional vendors and help promote country ticket sales. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

Boots and Hearts Music Festival - Oro-Medonte, ON

Stagecoach - Indio, CA

Tortuga Music Festival - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Watershed Festival - George, WA

Windy City Smokeout - Chicago, IL

Club of the Year

This award is presented to an outstanding country music club, selected by a Professional Panel of judges. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The club must have bought or promoted at least ten (10) country concerts/dates during the eligibility period, be in good standing with all agents and help promote country ticket sales. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

Billy Bob's Texas - Fort Worth, TX

Coyote Joe's - Charlotte, NC

Grizzly Rose - Denver, CO

Joe's Live - Rosemont, IL

Losers Bar & Grill - Nashville, TN

Theater of the Year

This award is presented to an outstanding theater or performing arts center, not associated with a casino, selected by a Professional Panel of judges. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The theater/performing arts center must have bought or promoted at least ten (10) country concerts/dates during the eligibility period, be in good standing with all agents and help promote country ticket sales. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

DeJoria Center - Salt Lake City, UT

Rialto Square Theatre - Joliet, IL

Ruth Eckerd Hall - Clearwater, FL

The Beacon Theatre - New York, NY

The Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL

Outdoor Venue of the Year

This award is presented to an outstanding outdoor venue, not associated with a casino, selected by a Professional Panel of judges. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The outdoor venue must have bought or promoted at least five (5) country concerts/dates during the eligibility period, be in good standing with all agents and help promote country ticket sales. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion - Gilford, NH

Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA

Innsbrook After Hours - Glen Allen, VA

Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO

Rose Music Center - Huber Heights, OH

The Wharf at Orange Beach - Orange Beach, AL

Arena of the Year

This award is presented to an outstanding indoor arena, not associated with a casino, selected by a Professional Panel of judges. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The arena must have bought or promoted at least five (5) country concerts/dates during the eligibility period, be in good standing with all agents and help promote country ticket sales. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

Infinite Energy Center - Duluth, GA

Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Staples Center - Los Angeles, CA

Van Andel Arena - Grand Rapids, MI

VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena - Jacksonville, FL

Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year

This award is presented to an outstanding talent buyer, selected by a Professional Panel of judges. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The buyer must have bought at least fifteen (15) country concerts/dates during the eligibility period, be in good standing with all agents and help promote country ticket sales. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

Clay Campbell - Triangle Talent

Gary Osier - Gary Osier Presents

Gil Cunningham - Neste Live!

Kell Houston - Houston Productions

Nina Rojas - Neste Live!

Todd Boltin - Variety Attractions

Promoter of the Year

This award is presented to an outstanding promoter, selected by a Professional Panel of judges. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The promoter must have promoted at least fifteen (15) country concerts/dates during the eligibility period, be in good standing with all agents and help promote country ticket sales. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

Adam Weiser - AEG Presents

Brian O'Connell - Live Nation

Jered Johnson - Pepper Productions

Stacy Vee - Goldenvoice, MTG

Troy Vollhoffer - Country Thunder


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.

Eli Beaird

Jimmie Lee Sloas

Michael Rhodes

Mike Brignardello

Tim Marks

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.

Fred Eltringham

Greg Morrow

Jerry Roe

Miles McPherson

Nir Zidkyahu

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.

Adam Shoenfeld

Dann Huff

Ilya Toshinskiy

Rob McNelley

Tom Bukovac

Piano/Keyboards 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.

Charlie Judge

David Dorn

Gordon Mote

Mike Rojas

Tim Lauer

Tony Harrell

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.

Charlie Worsham

Danny Rader

Jenee Fleenor

Jim Hoke

Joe Spivey

Stuart Duncan

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

Josh Grange

Justin Schipper

Paul Franklin

Russ Pahl

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.

Chuck Ainlay

Jeff Balding

Julian King

Justin Niebank

Steve Marcantonio

Tony Castle

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

busbee

Dann Huff

Joey Moi

Michael Knox


Radio Award Winners

The following previously announced radio awards will be presented during the annual Radio Winners Reception

National On-Air Personality of the Year

Blair Garner, “Off Eric” Garner - The Blair Garner Show

Bobby Bones, Amy, Lunchbox, Eddie, Morgan, Ray - The Bobby Bones Show

Buzz Brainard - The Music Row Happy Hour

Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase - The Crook & Chase Countdown

Storme Warren, Mary Carlisle Callahan, Thomas Massad - The Storme Warren Show

On-Air Personality of the Year - Large Market

Lexi And Banks - KUBL-FM - Salt Lake City, UT

Marty McFly - WSM-FM - Nashville, TN

Q Morning Crew with Mike and Janie - WQDR-FM - Raleigh, NC

Robyn & Roger in the Morning - CKRY-FM - Calgary, AB

The Big Dave Show - Big Dave, Chelsie, Statt, Ashley - WUBE-FM - Cincinnati, OH

On-Air Personality of the Year - Major Market

Bud and Broadway - WIL-FM - St. Louis, MO

Kelly Ford in the Morning - Kelly Ford - WNSH-FM - New York, NY

Mason & Remy - WIL-FM - St. Louis, MO

The Morning Wolfpack with Matt McAllister - Matt McAllister, Emily Raines, Slow Joe Wallace - KKWF-FM - Seattle, WA

The Rob and Holly Show - Rob Stone, Holly Hutton - WYCD-FM - Detroit, MI

On-Air Personality of the Year - Medium Market

Brent Michaels - KUZZ-AM/FM - Bakersfield, CA

Clay & Company - WYRK-FM - Buffalo, NY

Kenn McCloud - KUZZ-AM/FM - Bakersfield, CA

Steve & Gina in the Morning: Steve Lundy, Gina Melton - KXKT-FM - Omaha, NE

The Cowboy Kyle Show - Cowboy Kyle - WUSY-FM - Chattanooga, TN

On-Air Personality of the Year - Small Market

Adam & Jen in the Morning - KIOK-FM - Kennewick, WA

Ben & Arnie - Ben Butler, Arnie Andrews - WCOW-FM - Sparta, WI

Big Rick In The Morning - "Big" Rick Daniels - WGGC-FM - Bowling Green, KY

Scotty & Catryna in the Morning - Scotty Cox, Catryna Craw - KCLR-FM - Columbia, MO

Steve & Jessica - Steve Waters, Jessica Cash - WFLS-FM - Fredericksburg, VA

Radio Station of the Year - Large Market

CKRY-FM - Calgary, Alberta

WDSY-FM - Pittsburgh, PA

WIRK-FM - West Palm Beach, FL

WMIL-FM - Milwaukee, WI

WUBE-FM - Cincinnati, OH

Radio Station of the Year - Major Market

KAJA-FM - San Antonio, TX

KFRG-FM - San Bernardino, CA

KILT - Houston, TX

WNSH-FM - New York, NY

WSOC - Charlotte, NC

Radio Station of the Year - Medium Market

KATM-FM - Stockton, CA

KUZZ-AM/FM - Bakersfield, CA

KXKT-FM - Omaha, NE

WQMX-FM - Akron, OH

WUSY-FM - Chattanooga, TN

Radio Station of the Year - Small Market

KKNU-FM - Eugene, OR

KTHK-FM - Idaho Falls, ID

WBYT-FM - South Bend, IN

WPAP-FM - Panama City, FL

WYCT-FM - Pensacola, FL