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Stapleton tops ACM nominations

Thursday, March 1, 2018 – Chris Stapleton leads the Academy of Country Music nominations with eight in five categories, including his first nod for Entertainer of the Year, it was announced this morning.

Stapleton is also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, and twice, as both artist and producer, in both the Album of the Year and Single Record of the Year categories; he received the Album of the Year nod for "From a Room: Volume 1" and the Single Record of the Year nod for "Broken Halos." He is also nominated twice, both as artist and songwriter, in the Song of The Year category for "Whiskey and You."

Reigning Male Vocalist of the Year, Thomas Rhett earned six nominations, including his second in the Male Vocalist of the Year category. Rhett is also nominated twice, as an artist and producer, for both Album of The Year for "Life Changes" and Vocal Event of the Year for "Craving You" (featuring Maren Morris). He also is nominated for his first Music Video of the Year award for "Marry Me," along with director TK McKamy and producer Dan Atchison.

Keith Urban earned five nominations including his eighth nod for Entertainer of the Year and 11th for Male Vocalist of the Year. Urban is also nominated for Song of the Year for "Female" and twice, as both artist and producer in the Vocal Event of the Year category for "The Fighter" (featuring Carrie Underwood). Urban won Top New Male Vocalist of the Year in 2000, and Top Male Vocalist of the Year in 2004 and 2005.

Songwriter Shane McAnally received five nominations. He is nominated as Songwriter of the Year, and twice as songwriter in the Song of the Year category for Sam Hunt's "Body Like A Back Road" and Keith Urban's "Female." McAnally is also nominated in the Album of the Year category for Old Dominion's "Happy Endings" and in the Single Record of the Year category as a producer in Midland's single "Drinkin' Problems." Reigning Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert received four nominations as did current New Female Vocalist of the Year Maren Morris.

Sam Hunt, Little Big Town and Midland received three apiece.

The awards will be handed out Sunday, April 15 from Las Vegas.

Nominees were:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Jason Aldean
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Reba McEntire
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Jason Aldean
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban
Chris Young

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
LOCASH
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Lady Antebellum
LANCO
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion

NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Lauren Alaina
Danielle Bradbery
Carly Pearce
Raelynn

NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Devin Dawson
Russell Dickerson
Brett Young

NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
High Valley
LANCO
LOCASH
Midland
Runaway June

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company-Label(s)]
The Breaker - Little Big Town, Producer: Jay Joyce, Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
California Sunrise - Jon Pardi, Producers: Bart Butler, Jon Pardi, Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
From A Room Vol. 1 - Chris Stapleton, Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton, Record Label: Mercury Records
Happy Endings - Old Dominion, Producer: Shane McAnally, Record Label: RCA
Life Changes - Thomas Rhett, Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett, Record Label: The Valory Music Co.

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company-Label(s)]
Better Man - Little Big Town, Producer: Jay Joyce, Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt, Producer: Zach Crowell, Record Label: MCA Nashville
Broken Halos - Chris Stapleton, Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton, Record Label: Mercury Records
Drinkin' Problem - Midland, Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Record Label: Big Machine Records
I'll Name The Dogs - Blake Shelton, Producer: Scott Hendricks, Record Label: Warner Bros. SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]
Body Like a Back Road - Sam Hunt, Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Publishers: Universal Music Corp./Sam Hunt Publishing, Highly Combustible Music/I Love Pizza Music,/Songs of Southside Independent Music Publishing/Who Wants to Buy My Publishing/Atlas Music Publishing, Anderson Fork In The Road Music/Smackville Music/Smack Songs LLC, Smack Hits
Female - Keith Urban, Songwriters: Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon and Shane McAnally, Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music Inc./Rezolant Music/Plain Jane Songs, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./A Girl Named Charlie (BMI), Smack Hits/Smack Songs LLC (GMR)
Tin Man - Miranda Lambert, Songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert Jon Randall, Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Beat Up Ford Publishing (BMI), BMG Platinum Songs (BMI)/SWMBMGBMI/Lonesome Vinyl Music
Whiskey And You - Chris Stapleton, Songwriters: Lee Thomas Miller, Chris Stapleton, Publishers: WB Music Corp./New Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./New Sea Gayle Music (BMI)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]
Black - Dierks Bentley, Director: Wes Edwards, Producer: Max A. Butler
It Ain't My Fault - Brothers Osborne, Director: Wes Edwards, Ryan Silver Producer: Tiffany Davies
Legends - Kelsea Ballerini, Director: Jeff Venable, Producer: Ben Skipworth
Marry Me - Thomas Rhett, Director: TK McKamy, Producer: Dan Atchison
We Should Be Friends - Miranda Lambert, Director: Trey Fanjoy, Producer: April Dace

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR*(Off Camera Award)
Rhett Akins
Ashley Gorley
Hillary Lindsey
Shane McAnally
Josh Osborne

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company-Label(s)]
Craving You - Thomas Rhett Featuring Maren Morris, Producers: Julian Bunetta, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett, Record Label: The Valory Music Co.
Dear Hate - Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill, Producers: Brad Hill, Maren Morris, Record Label: Columbia Nashville
Funny (How Time Slips Away) - Glen Campbell And Willie Nelson, Producer: Carl Jackson, Record Label: Universal Music Enterprises
The Fighter - Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood, Producers: Busbee, Keith Urban, Record Label: Capitol Nashville
What Ifs - Kane Brown Featuring Lauren Alaina, Producer: Dann Huff Record Label: RCA Nashville

ACM RADIO AWARDS - The following previously announced radio awards will be presented April 14.

NATIONAL ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Cody Alan - CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan
Bobby Bones, Amy, Lunchbox, Eddie - The Bobby Bones Show
Terri Clark - Country Gold with Terri Clark
Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase - Crook and Chase Countdown
Ty Bentli, Kelly Ford and Chuck Wicks - Ty, Kelly & Chuck

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR - MAJOR MARKET
Bud and Broadway - WIL-FM St. Louis, MO
Cadillac Jack - WQYK-FM St. Petersburg, FL
Chris Carr, Kia, Maverick and McKaila - KEEY-FM St. Louis Park, MN
Paul Schadt, Meg Butterly, Geof Knight - WKKT-FM Charlotte, NC
Roxanne Steele - WYCD-FM Detroit, MI

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR - LARGE MARKET
Dale Carter - KFKF-FM Kansas City, MO
Double-L - KWNR-FM Las Vegas, NV
Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt & Kevin Freeman - WFMS-FM Indianapolis, IN
Johnson and Johnson - KUBL-FM Salt Lake City, UT
The Randy, Jamie and JoJo Show - KAJA-FM San Antonio, TX

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR - MEDIUM MARKET
The 97.5 WPCV Breakfast Club with Roger Todd, Julie Kay and DJ Thee Trucker - WPCV-FM Lakeland, FL
Carina With A Twist Of Lime - WCYQ-FM Knoxville, TN
Buzz Jackson - KIIM-FM Tucson, AZ
Steve & Geoff - KUZZ-AM/FM Bakersfield, CA
The Odd Squad - CKRY-FM Calgary, AB

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR - SMALL MARKET
Ben Butler and Arnie Andrews - WCOW-FM Sparta, WI
Bobby and Steve (and Mandi!) - WKYQ-FM Paducah, KY
Dave Daniels - KHAY-FM Ventura, CA
Pat James - KHUT-FM Hutchinson, KS
The Q Crew with Jason and Ashley on Q100.3 - KRWQ-FM Medford, OR

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR - MAJOR MARKET
KILT-FM Houston, TX
KMLE-FM Phoenix, AZ
KSCS-FM Dallas. TX
WIL-FM St. Louis, MO
WPOC-FM Baltimore, MD

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR - LARGE MARKET (tie within category increased nominees)
KAJA-FM San Antonio, TX
KUBL-FM Salt Lake City, UT
WFMS-FM Indianapolis, IN
WKDF-FM Nashville, TN
WSIX-FM Nashville, TN
WSM-FM Nashville, TN

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR - MEDIUM MARKET
KUZZ-AM/FM Bakersfield, CA
KXKT-FM Omaha, NE
WGKX-FM Memphis, TN
WQMX-FM Akron, OH
WUSY-FM Chattanooga, TN

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR - SMALL MARKET
KCLR-FM Columbia, MO
KHAY-FM Ventura, CA
KTHK-FM Idaho Falls, ID
KTTS-FM Springfield, MO
KYKZ-FM Lake Charles, LA

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