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CHRIS STAPLETON, DAN + SHAY, MUSGRAVES LEAD ACM NOMS

Chris Stapleton, Dan + Shay and Grammy champ Kacey Musgraves are on the leader board for the 54th annual ACM Awards. Stapleton and Dan + Shay have six noms each and Musgraves, with five, will see if she can keep her award-winning streak alive.

Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osbourne, Florida Georgia Line and first-time nominee Bebe Rexha received four noms each.

Fresh off their Grammy wins, Kacey Musgraves and Dan + Shay are up for the ACM Awards for Song of the Year for “Space Cowboy” and “Tequila,” respectively. Entertainer of Year contenders, meanwhile, are all men.

Musgraves’ collaborator on “Space Cowboy,” Shane McAnally, is up for Songwriter of the Year against Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, Josh Osborne and the only other person with a Song of the Year nom, Chase McGill (“Break Up in the End”).

Musgraves is also up for Female Artist of the Year and Dan + Shay is also nominated for top duo. Among Dan + Shay’s noms is Music Event of the Year for “Keeping Score” with Kelly Clarkson.

Other Female Artist of the Year nominees are Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris and Carrie Underwood.

Up for Male Artist of the Year are Dierks Bentley, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban.

The Entertainer of the Year nominees are Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Stapleton, Kenny Chesney and Urban. Reba McEntire announced nominees for the top awards today on CBS This Morning, expressing surprise about the lack of female representation on the EOTY category.

"There are a lot of talented women working their butts off," she said. "I'm missing my girlfriends on this [list]."

Lady Antebellum, Lanco, Little Big Town, Midland and Old Dominion are the Group of the Year nominees. Besides Dan + Shay, Duo of the Year noms went to reigning winners Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line, Locash and Maddie & Tae.

Musgrave’s multi-Grammy-winning Golden Hour is up for Album of the Year against Dan + Shay’s self-titled release, Eric Church’s Desperate Man, Stapleton’s From a Room: Volume 2 and Bentley’s The Mountain.

Stapleton and Musgraves are up as artist and producer in Album of the Year and as songwriter and artist in Song of the Year.

Ian Fitchuk, a producer on Musgraves’ Golden Hour, is up for six awards as well, though mostly in the musician categories of Bass Player, Drummer and Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year.  

The ACM rolled out the nominations between CBS and various online platforms, among them Facebook and ETonline. For a list with industry awards, click here.

The 54th ACM Awards will be held 4/7 at MGM Grand’s Garden Arena in Las Vegas. CBS will air the show. 

The nominations:

 ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Kenny Chesney

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Miranda Lambert

Ashley McBryde

Maren Morris

Kacey Musgraves

Carrie Underwood

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Dierks Bentley

Luke Combs

Thomas Rhett

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

DUO OF THE YEAR

Brothers Osborne

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

LoCash

Maddie & Tae

GROUP OF THE YEAR

Lady Antebellum

Lanco

Little Big Town

Midland

Old Dominion

SONG OF THE YEAR

"Break Up In The End," Cole Swindell Songwriters: Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill and Jon Nite

"Broken Halos," Chris Stapleton Songwriters: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton

"Meant To Be," Bebe Rexha f/Florida Georgia Line  Songwriters: David Garcia, Tyler Hubbard, Joshua Miller, Bebe Rexha

"Space Cowboy," Kacey Musgraves  Songwriters: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves

"Tequila," Dan + Shay  Songwriters: Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers

 "Yours," Russell Dickerson  Songwriters: Casey Brown / Russell Dickerson / Parker Welling

NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Danielle Bradbery 

Lindsay Ell 

Ashley McBryde 

Carly Pearce 

NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Jimmie Allen  

Luke Combs 

Jordan Davis 

Michael Ray 

Mitchell Tenpenny 

NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

High Valley 

LANCO

Runaway June 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR 

"Dan + Shay," Dan + Shay

"Desperate Man," Eric Church  

"From A Room Vol. 2," Chris Stapleton

"Golden Hour," Kacey Musgraves 

"The Mountain," Dierks Bentley 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR 

"Down to the Honky Tonk," Jake Owen

"Heaven," Kane Brown 

"Meant To Be," Bebe Rexha f/Florida Georgia Line 

"Most People Are Good," Luke Bryan 

"Tequila," Dan + Shay 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

"Babe," Sugarland f/Taylor Swift 

"Burn Out," Midland 

"Burning Man," Dierks Bentley f/Brothers Osborne 

"Drunk Girl," Chris Janson 

"Shoot Me Straight," Brothers Osborne 

"Tequila," Dan + Shay 

MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR

"Burning Man," Dierks Bentley f/Brothers Osborne

"Drowns the Whiskey," Jason Aldean f/Miranda Lambert 

"Everything's Gonna Be Alright," David Lee Murphy f/Kenny Chesney 

"Keeping Score," Dan + Shay f/Kelly Clarkson 

"Meant To Be," Bebe Rexha F/Florida Georgia Line 

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Ross Copperman

Ashley Gorley 

Shane McAnally 

Chase McGill 

Josh Osborne

ACM RADIO AWARDS

NATIONAL ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR (tie within category increased nominees)

Cody Alan - CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan

Kix Brooks - American Country Countdown

Darren Wilhite and Tim Wall - Wilhite & Wall

Lon Helton - Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton

Tracy Lawrence - Honky Tonkin' with Tracy Lawrence

Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase - The Crook & Chase Countdown

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MAJOR MARKET

Chuck, Rachael & Grunwald in the Morning WYCD-FM Detroit

Katie Neal WNSH-FM New York

The Rob + Holly Show WYCD-FM Detroit

Tanner in the Morning - Rob Tanner, Catherine Lane,  Chris Allen, Captain Jim, and Mimi WSOC-FM Charlotte, N.C.

Tracy Dixon, Guy David & Patrick Knight KYGO-FM Denver

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – LARGE MARKET

Jim, Deb & Kevin WFMS-FM Indianapolis

Lexi and Banks KUBL-FM Salt Lake City

Q Morning Crew with Mike and Janie WQDR-FM Raleigh, N.C.

Ridder, Scott and Shannen WMIL-FM Milwaukee

Tige & Daniel - Tige Rogers, Daniel Baker, and  Mari Mueller WSIX-FM Nashville

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM MARKET

Kenn McCloud KUZZ-AM/FM Bakersfield

Brent Michaels KUZZ-AM/FM Bakersfield

Mo & Styckman Show WUSY-FM Chattanooga, Tenn.

Roger, Julie and DJ Thee Trucker in the Morning WPCV-FM Lakeland, Fla.

Tom & Becky WBBS-FM Syracuse, N.Y.

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET

Adam & Jen in the Morning KIOK-FM Richland, Wash.

Brent Lane and Candy Cullerton WYCT-FM Pensacola, Fla.

The Q Crew with Jason and Ashley on Q100.3 KRWQ-FM Medford, Ore.

The Roger & Corliss Morning Show KORA-FM Bryan, Texas

Scotty & Catryna in the Morning KCLR-FM Columbia, Mo.

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – MAJOR MARKET

KKBQ-FM Houston

KNIX-FM Phoenix

KPLX-FM Dallas

KSCS-FM Dallas

WYCD-FM Detroit

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – LARGE MARKET

KAJA-FM San Antonio

KUBL-FM Salt Lake City

WLHK-FM Indianapolis

WMIL-FM Milwaukee

WWKA-FM Orlando, Fla.

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM MARKET

KATM-FM Stockton, Calif.

KUZZ-AM/FM Bakersfield

KXKT-FM Omaha, Neb.

WHKO-FM Dayton, Ohio

WIVK-FM Knoxville, Tenn.

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET

KHAY-FM Ventura

KKNU-FM Eugene, Ore.

KORA-FM Bryan, Texas

WGSQ-FM Cookeville, Tenn.

WYCT-FM Pensacola, Fla.

CASINO OF THE YEAR – SMALL CAPACITY

Choctaw Casino & Resort - Durant, Okla.

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort - Cherokee, N.C.

The Joint: Tulsa - Tulsa

Peppermill Reno - Reno

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort - Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

CASINO OF THE YEAR – LARGE CAPACITY

Casino Rama - Orillia, Ont.

Grand Casino Hinckley - Hinckley, Minn.

Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, Conn.

Sandia Casino Amphitheater - Albuquerque

WinStar Global Event Center - Thackerville, Okla.

FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR

Boots & Hearts - Oro-Medonte, Ont.

Faster Horses - Brooklyn, Mich.

Stagecoach - Indio

Tortuga Music Festival - Ft. Lauderdale

Windy City Smokeout - Chicago

NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR

Dusty Armadillo - Rootstown, Ohio

Grizzly Rose - Denver

Joe's on Weed St - Chicago

Joe's Live - Rosemont, Ill.

Stoney's Rockin' Country - Las Vegas

VENUE OF THE YEAR – SMALL CAPACITY

House of Blues - Anaheim

House of Blues - Boston

Floore's - Helotes

Ryman Auditorium - Nashville

Surf Ballroom - Clear Lake, Iowa

VENUE OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM CAPACITY

Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, Colo.

Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion – Gilford, N.H. 

Ascend Amphitheater – Nashville

The Wharf Amphitheater - Orange Beach, Ala. 

The Anthem – Washington, D.C.

VENUE OF THE YEAR – LARGE CAPACITY

Bridgestone Arena - Nashville

BOK Center - Tulsa

Budweiser Stage - Toronto

PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, N.J.

Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center - Noblesville, Ind.

DON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR

Todd Boltin - Variety Attractions

Billy Brill - Billy Alan Productions

Gil Cunningham - Neste Event Marketing

Kell Houston - Houston Productions

Nicole More - Wilson Events

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

Brent Fedrizzi - AEG Presents

Stacy Vee - Goldenvoice

Ed Warm - Joe's Bar

Adam Weiser - AEG Presents

Jason Wright - Live Nation

 

STUDIO RECORDING AWARDS

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Mike Brignardello

JT Cure

Ian Fitchuk

Tony Lucido

Glenn Worf

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR

Matt Chamberlain

Ian Fitchuk

Evan Hutchings

Aaron Sterling

Nir Z

 

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Tom Bukovac

Jedd Hughes

Danny Rader

Adam Shoenfeld

Ilya Toshinsky

Derek Wells

PIANO/KEYBOARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Dave Cohen

David Dorn

Ian Fitchuk

Tony Harrell

Charlie Judge

Gordon Mote

SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ian Fitchuk

Jenee Fleenor

Carl Miner

Mickey Raphael

Ilya Toshinsky

STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Dan Dugmore

Steve Hinson

Mike Johnson

Russ Pahl

Justin Schipper

AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

Craig Alvin

Ryan Gore

Jeff Juliano

Vance Powell

F Reid Shippen

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Buddy Cannon

Ian Fitchuk

Dann Huff

Jay Joyce

Michael Knox

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