Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves Among 2019 ACM Award Nominees

Jason Aldean, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert and many more are also shortlisted for the 53rd ACM Awards, to be staged in April 2019.

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The Academy of Country Music’s biggest prize, the ACM Award for Entertainer of the Year, will be contested in 2019 by current incumbent Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban. Reba McEntire, who will host the ceremony in April, appeared on CBS This Morning today (20) to announce some of the key categories.

Male Vocalist of the Year will be between Dierks Bentley, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, Stapleton and Urban; the Female Vocalist shortlist contains the newly-married Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris, Grammy queen Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood. Vocal Duo of the Year nominees are Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Maddie & Tae and LoCash; Vocal Group of the Year will be contested by Lady Antebellum, Lanco, Little Big Town, Midland and Old Dominion.

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The shortlist for Song of the Year features Cole Swindell’s ‘Break Up In The End,’ Stapleton’s ‘Broken Halos,’ ‘Meant To Be’ by Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line, ‘Space Cowboy’ by Kacey Musgraves, Dan + Shay’s ‘Tequila’ and Russell Dickerson’s ‘Yours.’ In the Songwriter of the Year category, the nominees are Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, Shane McAnally, Chase McGill and Josh Osborne.

Other categories are as follows:

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 Duo or Group of the Year
High Valley
Runaway June

Album of the Year
Dan + Shay, Dan + Shay (produced by Scott Hendricks, Dan Smyers and Matt Dragstrem)
Desperate Man, Eric Church (produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora Jr.)
From A Room, Vol. 2, Chris Stapleton (produced by Dave Cobb and Chris Stapleton)
Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves (produced by Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian and Kacey Musgraves)
The Mountain, Dierks Bentley (produced by Ross Copperman, Jon Randal Stewart and Arturo Buenahora Jr.)

Single Record of the Year
‘Down to the Honkytonk,’ Jake Owen (produced by Joey Moi)
‘Heaven,’ Kane Brown (produced by Dann Huff and Polow da Don)
‘Meant to Be,’ Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line (produced by Wishire for Rock the Soul Entertainment)
‘Most People Are Good,’ Luke Bryan (produced by Jeff Stevens and Jody Stevens)
‘Tequila,’ Dan + Shay (produced by Scott Hendricks and Dan Smyers)

Sugarland - Babe ft. Taylor Swift

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Video of the Year
‘Babe,’ Sugarland featuring Taylor Swift (produced by Roger Hunt, directed by Anthony Mandler)
‘Burn Out,’ Midland (produced by Ben Skipworth, directed by TK McKamy and Cameron Duddy)
‘Burning Man,’ Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne (produced by Nate Eggert, directed by Wes Edwards)
‘Drunk Girl,’ Chris Janson (produced by Ben Skipworth, directed by Jeff Venable)
‘Shoot Me Straight,’ Brothers Osborne (produced by April Kimbrell, directed by Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver)
‘Tequila,’ Dan + Shay (produced by Christen Pinkston, directed by Patrick Tracy)

Music Event of the Year
‘Burning Man,’ Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne
‘Drowns the Whiskey,’ Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert
‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,’ David Lee Murphy featuring Kenny Chesney
‘Keeping Score,’ Dan + Shay featuring Kelly Clarkson
Meant To Be,’ Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line

The awards ceremony will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday 7 April, at 8pm local time. It will be screened live in the US on the CBS Network. Ticket details are at

McEntire will host the event for the second year. The country superstar has a long association with the ACMs as either host or co-host, stretching back to her first time in the role, with Mac Davis and John Schneider, in 1986. She co-presented in 1988 and 1993 and then was the solo host in 1999 and from 2001 to 2010, before co-hosting with Blake Shelton in 2011 and 2012.

Ahead of the awards, a host of country artists will descend on Las Vegas for the ACM’s 2019 Party For A Cause, as part of what the academy calls The Week Vegas Goes Country. The show will feature such names as Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery, Rhett Akins, Rodney Atkins, Maddie & Tae, Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde, Darius Rucker, Brett Young and many others. Party For A Cause raises funds for the academy’s charity arm ACM Lifting Lives.

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