Keith Urban Leads ACM Nominations

Thursday February 16, 2017

With seven nominations in five categories, Keith Urban leads the field of nominees for the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

Lady Antebellum revealed the initial nominations Thursday (Feb. 16) on CBS This Morning, with the remaining nominations announced by Entertainment Tonight hosts Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier additional nominees on ETonline.com.

Urban’s latest ACM nominations include his seventh for entertainer of the year and 10th for male vocalist. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Carrie Underwood are also up for entertainer of the year.

Urban is nominated twice — as both artist and producer — in the album of the year category for Ripcord. He received an additional two nominations — for both artist and producer — for single record of the year for “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” As an artist, he is also nominated in the ACM song of the year category for “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” written by Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey and Steven Lee Olsen.

Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will host the awards show on April 2 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Here’s a complete list of the artist-related nominations:

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban

Male Vocalist
Jason Aldean
Dierks Bentley
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo
Big & Rich
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

Vocal Group
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
Rascal Flatts

New Male Vocalist
Kane Brown
Chris Janson
Chris Lane
Jon Pardi
Brett Young

New Female Vocalist
Lauren Alaina
Cam
Brandy Clark
Maren Morris
* four nominees only

New Vocal Duo or Group
A Thousand Horses
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
LOCASH
Maddie & Tae

Album of the Year
Black, Dierks Bentley
Dig Your Roots, Florida Georgia Line
Hero, Maren Morris
Ripcord, Keith Urban
The Weight of These Wings, Miranda Lambert

Single Record of the Year
“Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban
“H.O.L.Y.,” Florida Georgia Line
“Humble and Kind,” Tim McGraw
“My Church,” Maren Morris
“Vice,” Miranda Lambert

Song of the Year
“Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban
Songwriters: Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen

“Die a Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett
Songwriters: Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Joe Spargur

“Humble and Kind,” Tim McGraw
Songwriter: Lori McKenna

“Kill a Word,” Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens
Songwriters: Eric Church, Luke Dick, Jeff Hyde

“Tennessee Whiskey,” Chris Stapleton
Songwriters: Dean Dillon, Linda Hargrove

“Vice,” Miranda Lambert
Songwriters: Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

Video of the Year
“Fire Away,” Chris Stapleton
Director: Tim Mattia

“Forever Country,” Artists of Then, Now & Forever
Director: Joseph Kahn

“Humble and Kind,” Tim McGraw
Director: Wes Edwards

“Peter Pan,” Kelsea Ballerini
Director: Kristin Barlowe

“Vice,” Miranda Lambert
Director: Trey Fanjoy

Vocal Event
“Different for Girls,” Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King
“Forever Country,” Artists of Then, Now & Forever
“May We All,” Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw
“Setting the World on Fire,” Kenny Chesney Featuring P!nk
“Think of You,” Chris Young Featuring Cassadee Pope

Songwriter of the Year
Ashley Gorley
Luke Laird
Hillary Lindsey
Shane McAnally
Lori McKenna

– CMT.com Staff

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