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Miranda Lambert Leads ACM Awards Nominations with Eight, Followed by Dierks Bentley with Seven

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The nominations for the 50th Annual ACM Awards were announced this morning and Miranda Lambert leads the way with a total of eight nominations, followed by Dierks Bentley with seven, Florida Georgia Line with five nominations and Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Kenny Chesney who each received four. All of the winners are determined by the votes of the members of the Academy of Country Music, with the exception of New Artist of the Year, which is determined by a combination of membership voting and fan voting. You can vote now at


The ACM Awards will air live from AT&T Stadium just outside of Dallas on April 19th on CBS, and in honor of the 50th anniversary celebration, the show has been extended by a half hour, for a total of three and half hours, all hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan.



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



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



  • Brandy Clark
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Martina McBride
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood



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



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


NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR (semi-finalists, to be narrowed down to 3)

  • Brett Eldredge
  • Kip Moore
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Dan + Shay
  • Cole Swindell
  • Tyler Farr
  • Sam Hunt
  • Chase Rice


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)



  • 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


Kip Moore Pulls off Payback Prank on Dierks Bentley for Polar Bear Plunge

Dierks Bentley's truck and the Billy goat

Dierks Bentley’s truck and the Billy goat

Kip Moore swears he didn’t know what Dierks Bentley had up his sleeve when he was summoned to Percy Priest Lake in Nashville earlier this month and ultimately pressured into doing a polar bear plunge into the freezing lake as an initiation to the Sounds of Summer Tour with Canaan Smith and Maddie & Tae, which is why he decided to get a little revenge on Dierks.  Kip enlisted his team in Nashville to target Dierks’ beloved truck, Big White.  They started by Saran Wrapping the entire thing and then painting it with Kip’s new single title, “I’m to Blame,” and messages like “Payback is a …”, but that was just the beginning.


The cab of Dierks’ truck was filled with packing peanuts and the crowning jewel of the entire prank was filling the bed of the truck with hay and a live Billy goat. When Dierks emerged from the songwriting appointment he was in while the prank was happening, he was absolutely dumbfounded, especially by the live Billy goat.


Kip intended for the prank to serve as a message to Dierks not to mess with him on the tour this summer, but according to Dierks, it just ensured that Kip would be in for a long summer.  In a video shared exclusively with Rolling Stone Country, Dierks told Kip, “You’re really setting yourself up for a bad, bad, bad four months on the road… Imagine your favorite surf board and all the terrible things I could do to it, because that’s what I’m going to do.”


The Sounds of Summer kicks off June 5th in Raleigh, NC, so stay tuned.


Tim McGraw to Perform Glen Campbell’s Oscar-Nominated Song During Oscars Broadcast

Tim McGraw (Photo Courtesy of Big Machine Records)

Tim McGraw (Photo Courtesy of Big Machine Records)

Tim McGraw has been invited by the producers of the Oscars to perform Glen Campbell’s “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” which is nominated for Best Original Song, during the live television broadcast of the Oscars.  The song is included in the documentary Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me, which chronicles Glen’s final tour and his struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease.


The song was recorded by Glen to convey his personal experience with the disease and laments the memory of his wife and family.  Glen is no longer able to perform for public audiences due to the progression of his Alzheimer’s, so Tim will perform the song on his behalf, as a dedication to Glen from the country music community, who has rallied behind him during this difficult time.


Glen’s family is thrilled that Tim will be performing the song because they say, “was always a fan of his music and Tim is sure to bring great emotional depth to the performance. We can’t wait to hear it live!”  Tim says, “I’m honored to be asked to sing this powerful song from one of the true legends of the music industry.”


The 87th Oscars will broadcast live from Los Angeles on Sunday, February 22nd, on ABC.


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Sam Hunt Needs to Study Up Before He Picks a Team for the Super Bowl

Sam Hunt (Photo Credit: Chase Lauer)

Sam Hunt (Photo Credit: Chase Lauer)

Sam Hunt is looking forward to watching this Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, but first he has a little bit of studying to do.  Sam says, “I don’t have a die-hard team, but when it comes to playoff time, Super Bowl time, I definitely come in and get caught up in that whole world. I was pulling for (Green Bay Packers Quarterback) Aaron Rodgers, and especially after he hurt his leg, I thought it would be really cool for him overcome that. So close. He’s such a phenomenal quarterback. He did a really great job.”


Sam knows both of this year’s Super Bowl quarterbacks are at the top of their game and he says, “Now that the Super Bowl’s here, I don’t know. I’m gonna have to kind of educate myself on the seasons that each one of them has had, see who I feel like deserves it most and pick a team.”


Sam just kicked off his sold out Lipstick Graffiti Tour last night in Los Angeles.  The tour will run through April and then Sam will join Lady Antebellum for their Wheels Up Tour.

Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Dierks Bentley Playing “The Night Before” Concert in Phoenix This Weekend

Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line

Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line

Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Dierks Bentley will be part of the pre-Super Bowl festivities in Phoenix, Arizona, when they all play “The Night Before” concert at US Airways Center tomorrow night.  Foir Dierks, who is from Phoenix, it’s a bit of a homecoming and he says, “I’m excited to be part of a huge night in country music the night before the biggest event in sports… in my hometown!  We’re about to take tailgating in Phoenix to a whole new level.”


For more information about the concert visit