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Nominations Announced for the 50th ACM Awards Country Music Party of the Year®

ACM AWARDS TO AIR LIVE FROM AT&T STADIUM IN NORTH TEXAS

Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network

Miranda Lambert leads with 8 nominations;
Dierks Bentley receives 7 nominations;
Florida Georgia Line receives 5 nominations;
Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, and Eric Church each receive 4 nominations

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ENCINO, CA (January 30, 2015) – Nominations were announced today for the 50th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, honoring country music’s superstars and hottest emerging talent. Hosted by ACM Award winners Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, the ACM Awards are produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE, and as previously announced, extended by half an hour in celebration of its golden anniversary, from the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM – 11:30PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Nominees were revealed online via the fourth annual ACM digital press conference this morning. Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, Kristian Bush, Brandy Clark, Tara Lipinski, Dustin Lynch, Joel McHale, Nancy O’Dell, Melissa Peterman, Jamie Lynn Spears and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders all announced nominations via photo postings to the Academy’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts during the online event.

Fans will once again help select the winner of both the Academy’s most prestigious honor, Entertainer of the Year, and the New Artist of the Year. As previously announced, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, Cole Swindell, and Dan + Shay are the semi-finalists for this year’s ACM New Artist of the Year Award. These top eight (8) artists from the first round of ACM professional voting will compete via fan vote at VoteACM.com and voteacm.CMT.com, combined with the ACM professional membership vote, to determine the three nominees for the award. An additional combined fan and professional membership vote will determine the winner. The winners of Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year will be announced live during the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards.

Miranda Lambert earned eight nominations, including her forth nomination for Entertainer of the Year and ninth consecutive nod for Female Vocalist of the Year, with additional nominations for Album of the Year, plus Single Record of the Year and twice for Song of the Year, as artist and songwriter, for “Automatic.” Her nominations continue with Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for “Somethin’ Bad” with Carrie Underwood. Lambert is the reigning ACM Female Vocalist of the Year.

Dierks Bentley received seven nominations, including Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Riser, Single Record of the Year and Video of the Year for “Drunk On A Plane.” In the category for Song of the Year, Bentley is nominated twice for “I Hold On,” as artist and songwriter. Bentley is also nominated for Vocal Event of the Year with The Cadillac Three, Florida Georgia Line and Mike Eli for “The South.”

Reigning Vocal Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line were nominated for five awards, including their first in the Entertainer of the Year category, third consecutive nod for Vocal Duo of the Year, Single Record of the Year for “Dirt,” and twice in the Vocal Event of the Year category, once for “The South” with The Cadillac Three, Dierks Bentley and Mike Eli, and “This Is How We Roll” with Luke Bryan.

Luke Bryan received four nominations, including his third consecutive nomination for both Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He also earned a Song of the Year nomination for “Drink A Beer” and Vocal Event of the Year nomination for “This Is How We Roll” with Florida Georgia Line.

Kenny Chesney was nominated for four awards including Song of the Year, Video of the Year and twice in the Single Record of the Year category as an artist and producer. All of Chesney’s nods were attributed to his hit song, “American Kids.”

Eric Church earned four nominations, including a nod for Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for The Outsiders. Church is also nominated twice in the Song of the Year category, as the artist and songwriter, for “Give Me Back My Hometown.”

The Academy of Country Music’s professional membership selects the nominees and winners of the Academy of Country Music Awards, and selects the final top five nominees of the Entertainer of the Year category. New Artist of the Year final nominees will be selected by a combined vote of the fans and professional members.

Fan voting for Entertainer of the Year begins on Wednesday, April 8 at 3:00 PM ET/12noon PT at VoteACM.com and will close during the third hour of the LIVE broadcast. First round fan voting for New Artist of the Year is now open at VoteACM.com and voteacm.CMT.com, and will close on Tuesday, February 10 at 6:00 PM ET. The final three nominees will be announced in the coming weeks and will move on to compete in the final round of voting for the New Artist category at VoteACM.com. Final round fan voting for the New Artist of the Year category begins on Wednesday, April 8 at 3:00 PM ET/12noon PT and will close at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on Sunday, April 19 (before the LIVE telecast begins).

Following is the list of final nominees. Winners in each of the categories, except where noted, will be presented with an ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD during the live television broadcast:

Entertainer of the Year

  • Jason Aldean
    Garth Brooks
    Luke Bryan
    Miranda Lambert
    Florida Georgia Line

Male Vocalist of the Year [TIE]

  • Jason Aldean
    Dierks Bentley
    Luke Bryan
    Eric Church
    Brad Paisley
    Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Brandy Clark
    Miranda Lambert
    Martina McBride
    Kacey Musgraves
    Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Brothers Osborne
    Dan + Shay
    Florida Georgia Line
    Maddie & Tae
    The Swon Brothers

Vocal Group of the Year

  • Lady Antebellum
    Little Big Town
    Rascal Flatts
    The Band Perry
    Zac Brown Band

Album of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

Old Boots, New Dirt – Jason Aldean

  • Producer: Michael Knox
    Record Label: Broken Bow Records

Pain Killer – Little Big Town

  • Producer: Jay Joyce
    Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

Platinum – Miranda Lambert

  • Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
    Record Label: RCA Nashville

Riser – Dierks Bentley

  • Producers: Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston
    Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

The Outsiders – Eric Church

  • Producer: Jay Joyce
    Record Label: EMI Records Nashville

Single Record of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

American Kids – Kenny Chesney

  • Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
    Record Label: Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville

Automatic – Miranda Lambert

  • Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
    Record Label: RCA Nashville

Dirt – Florida Georgia Line

  • Producer: Joey Moi
    Record Label: Republic Nashville

Drunk On A Plane – Dierks Bentley

  • Producer: Ross Copperman
    Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

I Don’t Dance – Lee Brice

  • Producer: Lee Brice
    Record Label: Curb Records

Song of the Year [TIE] [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

American Kids – Kenny Chesney

  • Songwriters: Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally
    Publishers: Big Red Toe Music (BMI), Creative Nation Music (BMI), Farm Town Songs (BMI), Smack Ink (ASCAP), Songs Of Universal, Inc. (BMI), Twangin And Slangin Songs (BMI), Universal Music Corporation (ASCAP)

Automatic – Miranda Lambert

  • Songwriters: Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert
    Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI), Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), Wruckestrike (BMI)

Drink A Beer – Luke Bryan

  • Songwriters: Jim Beavers, Chris Stapleton
    Publishers: House of Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)

Follow Your Arrow – Kacey Musgraves

  • Songwriters: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
    Publishers: 351 Music (BMI), Highway 508 Songs (ASCAP), House of Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Smack Ink (ASCAP), Universal Music Corporation (ASCAP), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)

Give Me Back My Hometown – Eric Church

  • Songwriters: Eric Church, Luke Laird
    Publishers: Creative Nation Music (BMI), Longer And Louder Music (BMI), Songs Of Universal, Inc. (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Twangin And Slangin Songs (BMI)

I Hold On – Dierks Bentley

  • Songwriters: Dierks Bentley, Brett James
    Publishers: Atlas Holdings (ASCAP), Big White Tracks (ASCAP), External Combustion Music (ASCAP), Songs of Brett (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)

Songwriter of the Year *(Off Camera Award)

  • Rodney Clawson
    Ashley Gorley
    Luke Laird
    Josh Osborne
    Chris Tompkins

Video of the Year [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] *(Off Camera Award)

American Kids – Kenny Chesney

  • Director: Shaun Silva
    Producer: Don Lepore

Cop Car – Keith Urban

  • Director: John Urbano
    Producer: Michelle Abnet

Drunk On A Plane – Dierks Bentley

  • Director: Wes Edwards
    Producer: Clarke Gallivan

I’m Not Gonna Miss You – Glen Campbell

  • Director: James Keach
    Producer: Julian Raymond

Somethin’ Bad – Miranda Lambert Duet With Carrie Underwood

  • Director: Trey Fanjoy
    Producer: Trent Hardville

Vocal Event of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]*(Off Camera Award)

Lonely Tonight – Blake Shelton Featuring Ashley Monroe

  • Producer: Scott Hendricks
    Record Label: Warner Bros. Records

Meanwhile Back At Mama’s – Tim McGraw Featuring Faith Hill

  • Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw
    Record Label: Big Machine Records

Somethin’ Bad – Miranda Lambert Duet With Carrie Underwood

  • Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
    Record Label: RCA Nashville

The South – The Cadillac Three Featuring Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley & Mike Eli

  • Producers: Dann Huff, Justin Niebank
    Record Label: Big Machine Records

This Is How We Roll – Florida Georgia Line Featuring Luke Bryan

  • Producer: Joey Moi
    Record Label: Republic Nashville

RADIO AWARDS – The following radio awards will be presented during the annual Radio Winners Reception held the day prior to the ACM Awards telecast, on Saturday, April 18th in Arlington, TX.

NATIONAL ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

  • Big D, Bubba, Patrick Thomas – The Big D and Bubba Show
    Cody Alan – CMT After MidNite
    Crook and Chase – The Crook and Chase Countdown
    Lia Knight – The Lia Show
    Shawn Parr, Elaina Smith – Nash Nights Live

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MAJOR MARKET

  • Ben Campbell and Matt McAllister (KNIX-FM – Phoenix, AZ)
    Dave and Veronica (WQYK-FM – Tampa, FL)
    Lisa Dent & Ramblin’ Ray (WUSN-FM – Chicago, IL)
    Razz on the Radio (WXTU-FM – Philadelphia, PA)
    Rob Tanner, Guenn, Chris & Captain Jim (WSOC-FM – Charlotte, NC)

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – LARGE MARKET

  • AJ & Ashley (WWKA-FM – Orlando, FL)
    Big Dave, Chelsie, Stattman (WUBE-FM – Cincinnati, OH)
    Dave O’Brien (WLHK-FM – Indianapolis, IN)
    Mike Wheless, Marty Young, Janie Carothers (WQDR-FM – Raleigh, NC)
    The Odd Squad (CKRY-FM – Calgary, Alberta)

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM MARKET

  • 97 Country Breakfast Club with Roger, Tom, Melissa and DJ Thee Trucker (WPCV-FM – Lakeland, FL)
    Buzz Jackson (KIIM-FM – Tucson, AZ)
    Cash and Carey (KWEN-FM – Tulsa, OK)
    Steve & Gina and the Kat 103.7 Morning Show (KXKT-FM – Omaha, NE)
    Wynn & Wilson in The Morning (WQMX-FM – Akron, OH)

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET

  • Brian Gary, Todd Harding, and Susan Moore -The Good Morning Guys (KUAD-FM – Ft. Collins-Greeley, CO)
    Gator, Styckman, Cowboy Kyle (WUSY-FM – Chattanooga, TN)
    M. Fletcher Brown (WXFL-FM – Florence, AL)
    Philip Gibbons (WGSQ-FM – Cookeville, TN)
    Scotty Cox & Cara Denis (KCLR-FM – Columbia, MO)

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – MAJOR MARKET

  • KNIX-FM – Phoenix, AZ
    WIL-FM – St. Louis, MO
    WKLB-FM – Boston, MA
    WSOC-FM – Charlotte, NC
    WUSN-FM – Chicago, IL

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – LARGE MARKET

  • CKRY-FM – Calgary, Alberta
    KAJA-FM – San Antonio, TX
    WMIL-FM – Milwaukee, WI
    WUBE-FM – Cincinnati, OH
    WWKA-FM – Orlando, FL

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM MARKET

  • KUZZ-AM/FM – Bakersfield, CA
    KXKT-FM – Omaha, NE
    WCYQ-FM – Knoxville, TN
    WQMX-FM – Akron, OH
    WYRK-FM – Buffalo, NY

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET

  • KCLR-FM – Columbia, MO
    KTHK-FM – Idaho Falls, ID
    WGSQ-FM – Cookeville, TN
    WXFL-FM – Florence, AL
    WYCT-FM – Pensacola, FL

*Industry Awards and Studio Recording Awards will be announced at a later date.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Awards counts for artists reflect categories in which they have been recognized as individuals or as part of their duo or group. In some cases, an artist may receive more than one nomination which factors into their official count. For example, Kenny Chesney received two nominations in the Single Record of the Year category—one each as artist and producer—because that category recognizes both.

Award recipients in each category are noted above parenthetically in the Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 50th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark and Barry Adelman are executive producers. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

Press credential applications to cover the awards at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX are available from the Media Center at www.ACMcountry.com.

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