ACM Awards: Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris Lead Nominations

6:00 AM 2/16/2017

by Gil Kaufman, Billboard

Keith Urban
Keith Urban
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Keith Urban leads all nominees for the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards with seven noms, including five for his album Ripcord, as well his seventh bid for entertainer of the year and 10th for male vocalist of the year. Just behind him are Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris, who have six nominations each, and Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw with five apiece.

Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will return to host the show for a second year. The ACMs, produced for TV by Dick Clark Productions, will air live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2 (8 p.m. ET) on CBS.

Seven-time female vocalist of the year Lambert is nominated in that category as well, in addition to her fifth nomination in the album of the year category for her acclaimed double-album The Weight of These Wings.



Lambert’s “Vice” is up for single record of the year, song of the year and video of the year. She was also nominated twice for "Vice" in the song of the year category, as both artist and songwriter. Lambert already holds the record for vocalist of the year wins, and if she wins this year it will mark her eighth consecutive victory in that category.

Keeping the momentum from her breakout year, first-time nominee Morris' six nods included female vocalist of the year and new female vocalist of the year, in addition to bids as both producer and artist in the album of the year race for Hero. She also earned noms as both artist and producer in single record of the year for “My Church.”

FGL notched its fifth nomination in the vocal duo of the year category, as well as its second bid for entertainer of the year and a nom for album of the year for Dig Your Roots. Sixteen-time ACM nominee McGraw got two nominations in single record of the year as both artist and producer for "Humble and Kind," and song of the year and video of the year for the same track.



If Urban wins entertainer of the year, he will be eligible for the academy's Triple Crown Award, which is given to artists who've won new male/female vocalist of the year, male/female vocalist of the year and entertainer of the year.

Other multiple nominees include Bentley, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton with three each. A list of nominees, voted on by the Academy of Country Music's professional membership, follows. For the full list of nominees, click here.

  • Entertainer of the Year

    Carrie Underwood
    Carrie Underwood
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    Jason Aldean

    Luke Bryan

    Florida Georgia Line

    Carrie Underwood

    Keith Urban

  • Male Vocalist of the year

    Thomas Rhett
    Thomas Rhett
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    Jason Aldean

    Dierks Bentley

    Thomas Rhett

    Chris Stapleton

    Keith Urban

  • Female Vocalist of the year

    Miranda Lambert
    Miranda Lambert
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    Kelsea Ballerini

    Miranda Lambert

    Maren Morris

    Kacey Musgraves

    Carrie Underwood

  • Vocal Duo of the Year

    Florida Georgia Line
    Florida Georgia Line
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    Big & Rich

    Brothers Osborne

    Dan + Shay

    Florida Georgia Line

    Maddie & Tae

  • Vocal Group of the Year

    Little Big Town
    Little Big Town
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    Eli Young Band

    Lady Antebellum

    Little Big Town

    Old Dominion

    Rascal Flatts

  • New Male Vocalist of the Year Presented by T-Mobile

    Chris Janson
    Chris Janson
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    Kane Brown

    Chris Janson

    Chris Lane

    Jon Pardi

    Brett Young

  • New Female Vocalist of the Year Presented by T-Mobile

    Cam
    Cam
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    Lauren Alaina

    Cam

    Brandy Clark

    Maren Morris

  • New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year Presented by T-Mobile

    Maddie and Tae
    Maddie and Tae
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    A Thousand Horses

    Brothers Osborne

    Dan + Shay

    LOCASH

    Maddie & Tae

  • Album of the Year

    Keith Urban
    Keith Urban
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    Black – Dierks Bentley
    Producers: Ross Copperman, Arturo Buenahora Jr.
    Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

    Dig Your Roots – Florida Georgia Line
    Producer: Joey Moi
    Record Label: Big Machine Label Group

    Hero – Maren Morris
    Producers: busbee, Brad Hill, Maren Morris
    Record Label: Columbia Nashville

    Ripcord – Keith Urban
    Producers: Jeff Bhasker, busbee, Nathan Chapman, Nitzan Kaikov, Dann Huff, Tyler Johnson, Johnny Price, Nile Rodgers, Keith Urban, Greg Wells
    Record Labels: Hit Red Records, Capitol Records Nashville

    The Weight of These Wings – Miranda Lambert
    Producers: Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf
    Record Labels: RCA Nashville, Vanner Records

  • Single Record of the Year

    Tim McGraw
    Tim McGraw
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    "Blue Ain’t Your Color" – Keith Urban
    Producers: Dann Huff, Keith Urban
    Record Labels: Hit Red Records, Capitol Records Nashville

    "H.O.L.Y." – Florida Georgia Line
    Producer: Joey Moi
    Record Label: Big Machine Label Group

    "Humble and Kind" – Tim McGraw
    Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw
    Record Labels: McGraw Music, Big Machine Records

    "My Church" – Maren Morris
    Producers: busbee, Maren Morris
    Record Label: Columbia Nashville

    "Vice" – Miranda Lambert
    Producers: Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf
    Record Labels: RCA Nashville, Vanner Records

  • Song of the Year

    Chris Stapleton
    Chris Stapleton
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    "Blue Ain’t Your Color" – Keith Urban
    Songwriters: Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen
    Publishers: WB Music Corp (ASCAP), Music Of The Corn (ASCAP), HillarodyRathbone Music (ASCAP), BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP), House of Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Spirit Catalog Holdings (S.a.r.l.), Spirit Two Nashville (ASCAP)

    "Die a Happy Man" – Thomas Rhett
    Songwriters: Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Joe Spargur
    Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music Inc (BMI), Cricket On The Line (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp (BMI), Eastman Pond Publishing (BMI), Music of Big Deal (BMI), Nice Life (BMI), Frederic And Reid Music (BMI), BMG Platinum Songs (BMI), Brodsky Spensive Publishing (BMI)

    "Humble and Kind" – Tim McGraw
    Songwriter: Lori McKenna
    Publishers: Songs of Universal Inc (BMI), Hoodie Songs (BMI)

    "Kill a Word" – Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens
    Songwriters: Eric Church, Luke Dick, Jeff Hyde
    Publishers: Emileon Songs (BMI), Little Louder Songs (BMI), Longer And Louder Music (BMI), Mammaw's Fried Okra Music (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI)

    "Tennessee Whiskey" – Chris Stapleton
    Songwriters: Dean Dillon, Linda Hargrove
    Publishers: Universal-Songs Of PolyGram International (BMI), EMI Algee (BMI)

    "Vice" – Miranda Lambert
    Songwriters: Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
    Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Smack Hits (GMR), Kobalt Music Group, Ltd. (GMR), Anderson Fork In The Road Music (ASCAP), Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc. (ASCAP), Smackville Music (ASCAP)

  • Video of the Year Presented by Xfinity

    Kelsea Ballerini
    Kelsea Ballerini
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    "Fire Away" – Chris Stapleton
    Director: Tim Mattia
    Producer: Jennifer Rothlein

    "Forever Country" – Artists of Then, Now & Forever
    Director: Joseph Kahn
    Producers: Nathan de la Rionda, Jil Hardin, Charleen Manca, Joanna Carter, Chandra LaPlume, Sarah Trahern, Damon Whiteside

    "Humble and Kind" – Tim McGraw
    Director: Wes Edwards
    Producer: Jennifer Rothlein

    "Peter Pan" – Kelsea Ballerini
    Director: Kristin Barlowe
    Producer: Michelle Abnet

    "Vice" – Miranda Lambert
    Director: Trey Fanjoy
    Producer: Ashley Bergeron Ford

  • Songwriter of the Year

    Ashley Gorley

    Luke Laird

    Hillary Lindsey

    Shane McAnally

    Lori McKenna

  • Vocal Event of the Year

    Kenny Chesney
    Kenny Chesney
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    "Different for Girls" – Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King
    Producers: Ross Copperman, Arturo Buenahora Jr.
    Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

    "Forever Country" – Artists of Then, Now & Forever
    Producer: Shane McAnally
    Record Label: MCA Nashville

    "May We All" – Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw
    Producer: Joey Moi
    Record Label: Big Machine Label Group

    "Setting the World on Fire" – Kenny Chesney Featuring P!nk
    Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
    Record Labels: Blue Chair Records, Columbia Nashville

    "Think of You" – Chris Young Featuring Cassadee Pope
    Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young
    Record Labels: RCA Nashville, RCA Records

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