ACM Awards: Chris Stapleton, Dan + Shay Lead Nominations

6:12 AM 2/20/2019

by Hilary Lewis

Fresh off her Grammy album of the year win, Kacey Musgraves scored five nods for the Academy of Country Music Awards, followed by Dierks Bentley, who earned four nods.

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The Academy of Country Music has announced the nominees for the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards.

Chris Stapleton and Dan + Shay lead the 2019 nominees with six nominations each, with Stapleton also scoring his second nod for entertainer of the year. In that top category, an all-male field, Stapleton faces off against Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban. Dan + Shay earned their sixth nod for duo of the year.

Fresh off her Grammy album of the year win, Kacey Musgraves scored five nominations. Musgraves' Golden Hour producer and first-time ACM Awards nominee Ian Fitchuk earned six nominations.

Musgraves is up for female artist of the year against Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris and Carrie Underwood.

Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line and first-time ACM Awards nominee Bebe Rexha each received four nominations.

Stapleton, Dan + Shay, Musgraves and the combination of Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line will face off in the song of the year category, with Cole Swindell and Russell Dickerson rounding out the nominees. Dan + Shay and Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line are also up for single of the year, against Kane Brown, Luke Bryan and Jake Owen.

Stapleton, Dan + Shay, Musgraves and Bentley are all up for album of the year, where they will face off against Eric Church.

Stapleton, Bentley and Urban will all face off in the male artist of the year category, against Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett.

And Dan + Shay, Brothers Osborne and Florida Georgia Line are all up for duo of the year, facing off against LOCASH and Maddie & Tae.

This year will mark the return of the ACM artist of the decade honor, which was last given to George Strait in 2009 and will be announced in the coming weeks. Other past recipients of the accolade include Marty Robbins in 1969, Loretta Lynn in 1979, Alabama in 1998 and Garth Brooks in 1998. 

The 54th annual ACM Awards, hosted by 16-time ACM award winner Reba McEntire, will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

Read on for the full list of this year's nominees. 

  • Entertainer of the Year

    Keith Urban (WINNER)
    Jason Aldean?
    Luke Bryan??
    Kenny Chesney??
    Chris Stapleton??

  • Female Artist of the Year

    Kacey Musgraves?? (WINNER)
    Miranda Lambert??
    Ashley McBryde??
    Maren Morris??
    Carrie Underwood

  • Male Artist of the Year

    Thomas Rhett?? (WINNER)
    Dierks Bentley?
    Luke Combs??
    Chris Stapleton??
    Keith Urban

  • Duo of the Year

    Dan + Shay?? (WINNER)
    Brothers Osborne??
    Florida Georgia Line??
    LOCASH??
    Maddie & Tae

  • Group of the Year

    Old Dominion (WINNER)
    Lady Antebellum??
    LANCO??
    Little Big Town??
    Midland??

  • New Male Artist of the Year

    Luke Combs? (WINNER)
    Jimmie Allen?
    Jordan Davis?
    Michael Ray?
    Mitchell Tenpenny

  • New Female Artist of the Year

    Ashley McBryde?? (WINNER)
    Danielle Bradbery??
    Lindsay Ell??
    Carly Pearce

  • New Duo or Group of the Year

    LANCO?? (WINNER)
    High Valley?
    Runaway June

  • Album of the Year

    Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves? (WINNER)
    Producers: Ian Fitchuk / Daniel Tashian / Kacey Musgraves?
    Record Label: MCA Nashville

    Dan + Shay, Dan + Shay?
    Producers: Scott Hendricks / Dan Smyers / Matt Dragstrem?
    Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

    Desperate Man, Eric Church?
    Producers: Jay Joyce / Arturo Buenahora Jr.?
    Record Label: EMI Records Nashville

    From a Room: Volume 2, Chris Stapleton?
    Producers: Dave Cobb / Chris Stapleton?
    Record Label: Mercury Nashville

    The Mountain, Dierks Bentley?
    Producers: Ross Copperman / Jon Randall Stewart / Arturo Buenahora Jr.?
    Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

  • Single of the Year

    "Tequila," Dan + Shay? (WINNER)
    Producers: Scott Hendricks / Dan Smyers?
    Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

    "Down to the Honky Tonk," Jake Owen?
    Producer: Joey Moi?
    Record Label: Big Loud Records

    "Heaven," Kane Brown?
    Producer: Dann Huff / Polow Da Don?
    Record Label: RCA Nashville

    "Meant to Be," Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line?
    Producer: Wilshire for Rock The Soul Ent?
    Record Label: Warner Bros. Records

    "Most People Are Good," Luke Bryan?
    Producers: Jeff Stevens / Jody Stevens?
    Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

  • Song of the Year

    "Tequila," Dan + Shay? (WINNER)
    Writers: Nicolle Galyon / Jordan Reynolds / Dan Smyers?
    Publishers: Beats and Banjos (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), A Girl Named Charlie (BMI) / Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) / Buckeye26 (ASCAP) / Jreynmusic (ASCAP)

    "Break Up in the End," Cole Swindell?
    Writers: Jessie Jo Dillon / Chase McGill / Jon Nite?
    Publishers: EMI April Music Inc. / Nite Writer Music (ASCAP) / Songs of Universal, Inc. / Plum Nelly (BMI) / Big Music Machine (BMI)/ Big Ass Pile Of Dimes Music (BMI)

    "Broken Halos," Chris Stapleton?
    Writers: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton?
    Publishers: WB Music Corp./House of Sea Gayle Music, admin. by ClearBox Rights/Spirit Catalog Holdings, S.a.r.l. admin. by Spirit Two Nashville (ASCAP); Straight Six Music (BMI)

    "Meant to Be," Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line?
    Writers: David Garcia, Tyler Hubbard, Joshua Miller, Bebe Rexha?
    Publishers: BMG Platinum Songs/Kiss Me If You Can Music (BMI) (all rights administered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC) Big Loud Mountain (BMI) and T Hubb Publishing (BMI). All Rights Administered by Round Hill Works. Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. on behalf of itself and Songs of the Corn and Jack 10 Publishing. Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (ASCAP) D Soul Music (ASCAP) (adm. at CapitolCMGPublishing.com)

    "Space Cowboy," Kacey Musgraves?
    Writers: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves?
    Publishers: Smack Hits/Smack Songs, admin by Kobalt Music Group ltd. (GMR); Universal Music Works/We Are Creative NBaSmack Hits/Smack Songs, LLC, admin. by Kobalt Music Group Ltd. (GMR); Universal Music Works/We Are Creative Nation/Jake and Mack Music, admin. by Universal Music Works; Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./351 Music (BMI).

    "Yours," Russell Dickerson?
    Writers: Casey Brown / Russell Dickerson / Parker Welling?
    Publishers: BMG Platinum Songs/Kailey's Dream / So Essential Tunes / Not Just Another Song Publishing / Hillbilly Science and Research Publishing/Trailerlily Music

  • Video of the Year

    "Drunk Girl," Chris Janson?? (WINNER)
    Producer: Ben Skipworth??
    Director: Jeff Venable?

    "Babe," Sugarland featuring Taylor Swift??
    Producer: Roger Hunt??
    Director: Anthony Mandler?

    "Burn Out," Midland??
    Producer: Ben Skipworth??
    Director: TK McKamy / Cameron Duddy?

    "Burning Man," Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne??
    Producer: Nate Eggert??
    Director: Wes Edwards?

    "Shoot Me Straight," Brothers Osborne??
    Producer: April Kimbrell??
    Director: Wes Edwards / Ryan Silver?

    "Tequila," Dan + Shay??
    Producer: Christen Pinkston??
    Director: Patrick Tracy

  • Songwriter of the Year

    Shane McAnally?? (WINNER)
    Ross Copperman?
    Ashley Gorley??
    Chase McGill??
    Josh Osborne

  • Music Event of the Year

    "Burning Man," Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne? (WINNER)
    Producers: Ross Copperman / Jon Randall Stewart / Arturo Buenahora Jr.?
    Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

    "Drowns the Whiskey," Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert?
    Producer: Michael Knox
    Record Labels: Macon Music, LLC; Broken Bow Records; BBR Music Group; BMG

    "Everything's Gonna Be Alright," David Lee Murphy featuring Kenny Chesney?
    Producers: Buddy Cannon / Kenny Chesney / David Lee Murphy?
    Record Label: Reviver Records

    "Keeping Score," Dan + Shay featuring Kelly Clarkson?
    Producers: Scott Hendricks / Dan Smyers?
    Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

    "Meant to Be," Bebe Rexha Featuring Florida Georgia Line?
    Producer: Wilshire for Rock The Soul Ent?
    Record Label: Warner Bros. Records

  • Casino of the Year - Small Capacity

    ?Choctaw Casino & Resort - Durant, OK?
    Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort - Cherokee, NC?
    The Joint: Tulsa - Tulsa, OK?
    Peppermill Reno - Reno, NV?
    Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort - Mt. Pleasant, MI

  • Casino of the Year - Large Capacity

    Casino Rama - Orillia, ON?
    Grand Casino Hinckley - Hinckley, MN?
    Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT?
    Sandia Casino Amphitheater - Albuquerque, NM?
    WinStar Global Event Center - Thackerville, OK

  • Festival of the Year

    Boots & Hearts - Oro-Medonte, ON?
    Faster Horses - Brooklyn, MI?
    Stagecoach - Indio, CA?
    Tortuga Music Festival - Ft. Lauderdale, FL?
    Windy City Smokeout - Chicago, IL

  • Nightclub of the Year

    Dusty Armadillo - Rootstown, OH?
    Grizzly Rose - Denver, CO?
    Joe's on Weed St - Chicago, IL?
    Joe's Live - Rosemont, IL?
    Stoney's Rockin' Country - Las Vegas, NV

  • Venue of the Year - Small Capacity

    House of Blues - Anaheim, CA?
    House of Blues - Boston, MA?
    Floore's - Helotes, TX?
    Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN?
    Surf Ballroom - Clear Lake, IA

  • Venue of the Year - Medium Capacity

    Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO?
    Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion – Gilford, NH?
    Ascend Amphitheater – Nashville, TN?
    The Wharf Amphitheater - Orange Beach, AL?
    The Anthem – Washington, DC

  • Venue of the Year - Large Capacity

    Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, TN?
    BOK Center - Tulsa, OK?
    Budweiser Stage - Toronto, ON?
    PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ?
    Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center - Noblesville, IN

  • 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, Inc.

  • Promoter of the Year

    Brent Fedrizzi - AEG Presents?
    Stacy Vee - Goldenvoice?
    Ed Warm - Joe's Bar?
    Adam Weiser - AEG Presents?
    Jason Wright - Live Nation

  • 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

  • National On-Air Personality of the Year - Major Market

    Lon Helton – Country Countdown USA With Lon Helton? (WINNER)
    Cody Alan – CMT After MidNite With Cody Alan?
    Kix Brooks – American Country Countdown?
    Darren Wilhite and Tim Wall – Wilhite & Wall?
    Tracy Lawrence – Honky Tonkin' With Tracy Lawrence?
    Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase – The Crook & Chase Countdown

  • On-Air Personality of the Year - Major Market

    Tanner in the Morning – Rob Tanner, Catherine Lane,? Chris Allen, Captain Jim, and Mimi – WSOC-FM (Charlotte, NC) (WINNER)
    Chuck, Rachael & Grunwald in the Morning – WYCD-FM (Detroit, MI)?
    Katie Neal – WNSH-FM (New York, NY)?
    The Rob + Holly Show – WYCD-FM (Detroit, MI)?
    Tracy Dixon, Guy David & Patrick Knight – KYGO-FM (Denver, CO)

  • On-Air Personality of the Year - Large Market

    Jim, Deb & Kevin – WFMS-FM (Indianapolis, IN)? (WINNER)
    Lexi And Banks – KUBL-FM (Salt Lake City, UT)
    Q Morning Crew with Mike and Janie – WQDR-FM (Raleigh, NC)?
    Ridder, Scott and Shannen – WMIL-FM (Milwaukee, WI)?
    Tige & Daniel - Tige Rogers, Daniel Baker, Mari Mueller – WSIX-FM (Nashville, TN)

  • On-Air Personality of the Year - Medium Market

    Mo & StykMan Show – WUSY-FM (Chattanooga, TN)? (WINNER)
    Kenn McCloud – KUZZ-AM/FM (Bakersfield, CA)?
    Brent Michaels – KUZZ-AM/FM (Bakersfield, CA)?
    Roger, Julie and DJ Thee Trucker in the Morning – WPCV-FM (Lakeland, FL)?
    Tom & Becky – WBBS-FM (Syracuse, NY)

  • On-Air Personality of the Year - Small Market

    Brent Lane and Candy Cullerton – WYCT-FM (Pensacola, FL) (WINNER)
    Adam & Jen in the Morning – KIOK-FM (Richland, WA)?
    The Q Crew with Jason and Ashley on Q100.3 – KRWQ-FM (Medford, OR)?
    The Roger & Corliss Morning Show – KORA-FM (Bryan, TX)?
    Scotty & Catryna in the Morning – KCLR-FM (Columbia, MO)

  • Radio Station of the Year – Major Market

    KNIX-FM – Phoenix, AZ? (WINNER)
    KKBQ-FM – Houston, TX?
    KPLX-FM – Dallas, TX?
    KSCS-FM – Dallas, TX?
    WYCD-FM – Detroit, MI

  • Radio Station of the Year – Large Market

    KUBL-FM – Salt Lake City, UT? (WINNER)
    KAJA-FM – San Antonio, TX?
    WLHK-FM – Indianapolis, IN?
    WMIL-FM – Milwaukee, WI?
    WWKA-FM – Orlando, FL?

  • Radio Station of the Year – Medium Market

    WIVK-FM – Knoxville, TN (WINNER)
    KATM-FM – Stockton, CA?
    KUZZ-AM/FM – Bakersfield, CA?
    KXKT-FM – Omaha, NE?
    WHKO-FM – Dayton, OH?

  • Radio Station of the Year – Small Market

    KHAY-FM – Ventura, CA? (WINNER)
    KKNU-FM – Eugene, OR?
    KORA-FM – Bryan, TX?
    WGSQ-FM – Cookeville, TN?
    WYCT-FM – Pensacola, FL