Garth Brooks Gets Entertainer of the Year Nomination for Academy of Country Music Awards; Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney & Gary Allan Also Up

The Academy of Country Music has announced the nominees for the 51st edition of their awards.

Dierks Bentley is the leading nominee with six while Eric Church and newcomer Chris Stapleton are up for five and Cam, Chris Young and Little Big Town received four.

On the veteran front, it was a bit of a sparse year. Even with vets like Reba McEntire and George Strait having big albums, they were left out of the nominations. Garth Brooks is up for Entertainer of the Year on the strength of his extremely successful comeback tour. Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney and Gary Allan managed Vocal Event of the Year nods.

The 51st Academy of Country Music Awards will be Sunday, April 3 on CBS.

The nominees:

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
  • I'm Comin' Over – Chris Young
  • Montevallo – Sam Hunt
  • Mr. Misunderstood – Eric Church
  • Tangled Up – Thomas Rhett
  • Traveller – Chris Stapleton
SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR
  • Burning House – Cam
  • Buy Me A Boat – Chris Janson
  • Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
  • Girl Crush – Little Big Town
  • I'm Comin' Over – Chris Young
  • Take Your Time – Sam Hunt
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
  • Biscuits – Kacey Musgraves
  • Burning House – Cam
  • Girl Crush – Little Big Town
  • Mr. Misunderstood – Eric Church
  • Riser – Dierks Bentley
VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
  • Hangover TonightGary Allan Featuring Chris Stapleton
  • Home Alone Tonight – Luke Bryan Featuring Karen Fairchild
  • Raise 'Em UpKeith Urban Featuring Eric Church
  • Smokin' And Drinkin' – Miranda Lambert Featuring Little Big Town
  • Wild ChildKenny Chesney With Grace Potter




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