Nominees Announced for the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards

March 1, 2018
Nominations were announced this morning for the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards First time Entertainer of the Year nominee Chris Stapleton leads with 8 nominations, while Thomas Rhett has earned 6 including his second nod for Male Vocalist of the Year. Keith Urban has 5 including his eighth nomination for Entertainer of the Year and Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris each receive 4 with both being nominated in the Female Vocalist of the Year category. Hosted by Reba McEntire, the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live on CBS April 15th from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. See the full list of nominees below: 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 Breaker - Little Big Town California Sunrise - Jon Pardi From A Room Vol. 1 - Chris Stapleton Happy Endings - Old Dominion Life Changes - Thomas Rhett Single Record of the Year  Better Man - Little Big Town Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt Broken Halos - Chris Stapleton Drinkin’ Problem - Midland I’ll Name The Dogs - Blake Shelton Song of the Year Body Like a Back Road - Sam Hunt / Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne Female - Keith Urban / Songwriters: Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon and Shane McAnally Tin Man - Miranda Lambert / Songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert Jon Randall Whiskey And You - Chris Stapleton / Songwriters: Lee Thomas Miller, Chris Stapleton Video of the Year Black - Dierks Bentley It Ain’t My Fault - Brothers Osborne Legends - Kelsea Ballerini Marry Me - Thomas Rhett We Should Be Friends - Miranda Lambert Songwriter of the Year Rhett Akins Ashley Gorley Hillary Lindsey Shane McAnally Josh Osborne Vocal Event of the Year Craving You – Thomas Rhett Featuring Maren Morris Dear Hate – Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill Funny (How Time Slips Away) - Glen Campbell And Willie Nelson The Fighter – Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood What Ifs – Kane Brown Featuring Lauren Alaina