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Chris Stapleton and Eric Church Lead 2016 ACM Awards Nominations

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Dierks Bentley helped announce the nominations for this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards, which included a few big surprises.

Breakthrough artist Chris Stapleton is tied with Eric Church for the most nominations. Both artists earned five nominations each, and will go head to head in the Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year categories. Although, many expected Stapleton to earn multiple nominations after his sweep of the CMA Awards last year.

Aside from Stapleton, a few other new country artists were awarded first-time nominations this year. Newcomers Cam and Kelsea Ballerini have been nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, a category usually dominated by more established artists.

For the third time in their careers, Joey + Rory were recognized in the Vocal Duo of the Year category, alongside more mainstream acts like Florida Georgia Line and Brothers Osborne. The nomination will likely hold special meaning for the family, as Joey Feek continues to battle terminal cervical cancer.

The 2016 ACM Awards, co-hosted by Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan, will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on CBS at 8 p.m. EST.

2016 ACM Award Nominees: 

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

  • Jason Aldean
  • Garth Brooks
  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church
  • Miranda Lambert

 

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Jason Aldean
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Eric Church
  • Brett Eldredge
  • Chris Stapleton

 

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Jana Kramer
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood

 

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Joey + Rory
  • Maddie & Tae

 

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • Eli Young Band
  • Little Big Town
  • Old Dominion
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Zac Brown Band

 

NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Brett Eldredge
  • Chris Janson
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chase Rice
  • Chris Stapleton

 

NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Cam
  • Mickey Guyton
  • RaeLynn

 

NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • A Thousand Horses
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Maddie & Tae
  • Old Dominion
  • Parmalee

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • I’m Comin’ Over – Chris Young
    Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young
    Record Label: RCA Records
  • Montevallo – Sam Hunt
    Producers: Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally
    Record Label: MCA Nashville
  • Mr. Misunderstood – Eric Church
    Producer: Jay Joyce
    Record Label: EMI Records Nashville
  • Tangled Up – Thomas Rhett
    Producers: Dann HuffJesse FrasureChris DeStefano, Joe London
    Record Label: The Valory Music Co.
  • Traveller – Chris Stapleton
    Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
    Record Label: Mercury Records

 

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • Burning House – Cam
    Producers: Jeff BhaskerTyler Johnson, Camaron Ochs
    Record Labels: Arista Nashville, RCA Records, Kravenworks
  • Buy Me A Boat – Chris Janson
    Producers: Brent AndersonChris DuBois, Chris Janson
    Record Label: Warner Music Nashville
  • Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
    Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure
    Record Label: The Valory Music Co.
  • Girl Crush – Little Big Town
    Producer: Jay Joyce
    Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
  • I’m Comin’ Over – Chris Young
    Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young
    Record Label: RCA Nashville
  • Take Your Time – Sam Hunt
    Producers: Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally
    Record Label: MCA Nashville

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] *(Off Camera Award)

  • Biscuits – Kacey Musgraves
    Director: Mark Klasfeld 
    Producer: Nicole Acacio
  • Burning House – Cam
    Director: Trey Fanjoy 
    Producer: Trent Hardville
  • Girl Crush – Little Big Town
    Directors: Karla Welch, Matthew Welch
    Producer: Amanda Prunesti
  • Mr. Misunderstood – Eric Church
    Directors: Reid Long, John Peets
    Producer: Megan Smith
  • Riser – Dierks Bentley
    Director: Wes Edwards 
    Producer: Jennifer Rothlein

 

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]*(Off Camera Award)

  • Hangover Tonight – Gary Allan Featuring Chris Stapleton
    Producers: Gary Allan, Greg Droman
    Record Label: MCA Nashville
  • Home Alone Tonight – Luke Bryan Featuring Karen Fairchild
    Producers: Jeff Stevens, Jody Stevens
    Record Label: Capitol Nashville
  • Raise ‘Em Up – Keith Urban Featuring Eric Church
    Producers: Nathan Chapman, Keith Urban
    Record Labels: Hit Red Records, Capitol Nashville
  • Smokin’ And Drinkin’ – Miranda Lambert Featuring Little Big Town
    Producers: Frank LiddellChuck Ainlay, Glenn Worf
    Record Label: RCA Nashville
  • Wild Child – Kenny Chesney With Grace Potter
    Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
    Record Labels: Blue Chair Records, Columbia Nashville

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