Keith Urban, Garth Brooks Up For ACM Entertainer of the Year; Urban Get Five Nominations

by VVN Music

Chris Stapleton is the leading contender for the 53rd annual ACM Awards with eight nominations followed by Thomas Rhett with six and Keith Urban and Shane McAnally with five each.

Reba McEntire, who will host the awards show on April 15 for the fifteenth time, announced the nominations Thursday (March 1) morning on CBS This Morning.  The singer also picked up her sixteenth nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year which she has won seven times.

Urban was nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist, Song ("Female") and Vocal Event ("The Fighter" with Carrie Underwood) where he is up for artist and producer.

McAnally is up for producing Old Dominion's album Happy Endings, Midland's single "Drinkin' Problems", Song of the Year for both "Body Like a Back Road" and "Female" and Songwriter of the Year.

Garth Brooks is once again nominated for Entertainer of the Year in which he will compete with Urban, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill received their first nomination as a duo while the Vocal Event category includes the previously mentioned nomination for Urban along with Glen Campbell and Willie Nelson for "Funny (How Time Slips Away)" and Maren Morris and Vince Gill with "Dear Hate".

The nominations with veteran artists in bold:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
  • Jason Aldean
  • Garth Brooks
  • Luke Bryan
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Reba McEntire
  • Maren Morris
  • Carrie Underwood
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
  • Jason Aldean
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban
  • Chris Young
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • LOCASH
  • Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
  • Lady Antebellum
  • LANCO
  • Little Big Town
  • Midland
  • Old Dominion
NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
  • Lauren Alaina
  • Danielle Bradbery
  • Carly Pearce
  • Raelynn
NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
  • Kane Brown
  • Luke Combs
  • Devin Dawson
  • Russell Dickerson
  • Brett Young
NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
  • High Valley
  • LANCO
  • LOCASH
  • Midland
  • Runaway June
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
  • Breaker – Little Big Town
  • California Sunrise – Jon Pardi
  • From A Room Vol. 1 – Chris Stapleton
  • Happy Endings – Old Dominion
  • Life Changes – Thomas Rhett
SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR
  • Better Man – Little Big Town
  • Body Like A Back Road – Sam Hunt
  • Broken Halos – Chris Stapleton
  • Drinkin’ Problem – Midland
  • I’ll Name The Dogs – Blake Shelton
SONG OF THE YEAR
  • Body Like a Back Road – Sam Hunt (Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
  • Female – Keith Urban (Songwriters: Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon and Shane McAnally)
  • Tin Man – Miranda Lambert (Songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert Jon Randall)
  • Whiskey And You – Chris Stapleton (Songwriters: Lee Thomas Miller, Chris Stapleton)
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
  • Black – Dierks Bentley
  • It Ain’t My Fault – Brothers Osborne
  • Legends – Kelsea Ballerini
  • Marry Me – Thomas Rhett
  • We Should Be Friends – Miranda Lambert
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
  • Rhett Akins
  • Ashley Gorley
  • Hillary Lindsey
  • Shane McAnally
  • Josh Osborne
VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
  • Craving You – Thomas Rhett Featuring Maren Morris
  • Dear Hate – Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill
  • Funny (How Time Slips Away) – Glen Campbell And Willie Nelson
  • The Fighter – Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood
  • What Ifs – Kane Brown Featuring Lauren Alaina



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