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Nominees express joy in nominations

Thursday, April 13, 2023 – Country artists responded enthusiastically - no surprise - to receiving nominations from the Academy of Country Music.

In what may have been a surprise, HARDY, a singer and songwriter, led the pack with seven nominations. His label, Big Loud, scored 20 nominations. "I woke up in shock this morning. I had no idea that I'd be nominated for so much. This truly feels like my year, and I'm just thankful that the industry would consider me as one of the top songwriters and artists in this town. Thanks to the ACM, Big Loud, The Neal Agency, and my publisher, Relative Music Group for all of the support. Thank you for all of it."

Wilson said, "I am so honored to be nominated among some of the best in the business. A few years ago, I wouldn't even have been able to dream of a day like this. Thank you to the Academy of Country Music for believing in me and my work. This is an absolute honor."

""What a great way to start a morning," said Cody Johnson, nominated for Song and Single of the Year and Visual Media of The Year for "'Til You Can't". "We are back on tour this weekend and I'm happy to be with my band and team who helped propel this song to such success. Thank you COJONation fans and country radio for embracing this song. And a big congrats to songwriters Ben Stennis and Matt Rogers. I will never be more in awe of the power of a great country song."

Nominated for Music Event f the Year with Chris Young for " ," Mitchell Tenpenny said, "Awesome news to wake up to. Chris is one of my best friends and it's just so cool to have this success with him. And (songwriter Chris) DeStefano's talent is unmatched. So honored to share this with both of them. This week just gets better every day."

Tenpenny and Young were nominated for Music Event of the Year for "At The End Of A Bar."

First time nominee ERNEST doubles down with two nominations in the New Male Artist of the Year and Artist-Songwriter of the Year categories. Further proving that "he's poised to have a huge year" (Country Living), the just-named Opry NextStage class member has claimed eight #1 singles as a songwriter and is currently on the road supporting Wallen's One Night At A Time World Tour.

"I wasn't expecting this at all," said ERNEST. "It feels so good to be acknowledged by the ACMs alongside such awesome talent. I couldn't be more honored."

Iowa-born country singer Hailey Whitters is a first-time nominee today, spotlighted in the New Female Artist of the Year category. Whitters' debut single, "Everything She Ain't" gained her attention. "I am so excited to be nominated for an ACM Award for the first time. After more than a decade working as a songwriter, it's so rewarding to get this recognition as an artist."

MacKenzie Porter, nominated for Music Event of the Year with Dustin Lynch for "Thinkin' 'Bout You," said, "I'm absolutely freaking out. Last year I was at home sitting on my couch, watching the ACMs and dreaming about the idea of attending, and it felt like a distant dream. Now we are nominated, and it doesn't feel real."

As for Lynch, he said, ""I couldn't be more thrilled to be sharing my first ACM nomination with MacKenzie. We've had quite the journey with this song, and it's been such a thrill to do it with a great new friend. 'Thinking 'Bout You' being the most-played song of 2022 at country radio, and now scoring an ACM nomination is icing on the cake for a chapter that has already been so good to us."

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