Eric Church Leads Nominations for 48th Annual ACM Awards


Eric Church (photo by John Peets)

Eric Church (photo by John Peets)

The nominees for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced this morning and Eric Church was the leader with seven nominations, including a double nomination in the Song of the Year category as both the artist and the producer.  If you count his New Male Vocalist nomination and double nominations in the Single and Song of the Year categories, Hunter Hayes picked up six nominations, followed by Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift who earned five and Luke Bryan, Kacey Musgraves and Little Big Town who each received four nominations.


The Entertainer of the Year nominees include Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift and fans will vote for the winner in this category as well as the overall New Artist Award, which is between Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and Florida Georgia Line.  Fan voting will begin March 25th on 


The ACM Awards will be co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan and will aire live from Las Vegas on April 7th on CBS.


Entertainer of the Year

· Jason Aldean

· Luke Bryan

· Miranda Lambert

· Blake Shelton

· Taylor Swift


Male Vocalist of the year

· Jason Aldean

· Luke Bryan

· Eric Church

· Toby Keith

· Blake Shelton


Female Vocalist of the year

· Miranda Lambert

· Martina McBride

· Kacey Musgraves

· Taylor Swift

· Carrie Underwood


Vocal Duo of the year

· Big & Rich

· Florida Georgia Line

· Love and Theft

· Sugarland

· Thompson Square


Vocal Group OF THE YEAR

· The Band Perry

· Eli Young Band

· Lady Antebellum

· Little Big Town

· Zac Brown Band



· Lee Brice

· Brantley Gilbert

· Hunter Hayes



· Jana Kramer

· Kacey Musgraves

· Sunny Sweeney



· Florida Georgia Line

· Love and Theft

· Thompson Square


NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KOHL’S DEPARTMENT STORES [Winners of New Male, New Female & New Vocal Duo or Group Of The Year]

· Florida Georgia Line

· Brantley Gilbert

· Jana Kramer


ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]

· Blown Away – Carrie Underwood (19/Arista Nashville)

Produced by: Mark Bright

· Chief – Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)

Produced by: Jay Joyce

· Red – Taylor Swift (Big Machine Records)

Produced by: Jeff Bhasker, Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff, Jacknife Lee, Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift, Butch Walker, Dan Wilson

· tailgates & tanlines – Luke Bryan (Capitol Nashville)

Produced by: Mark Bright, Jeff Stevens

· Tornado – Little Big Town (Capitol Nashville)

Produced by: Jay Joyce


Single Record of the Year[Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]

· Even If It Breaks Your Heart – Eli Young Band (Republic Nashville)

Produced by: Mike Wrucke

· Over You – Miranda Lambert (RCA)

Produced by: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf

· Pontoon – Little Big Town (Capitol Nashville)

Produced by: Jay Joyce

· Springsteen – Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)

Produced by: Jay Joyce

· Wanted – Hunter Hayes (Atlantic/WMN)

Produced by: Hunter Hayes, Dann Huff


Song of the Year[Award to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

· A Woman Like You – Lee Brice

Composers: Phil Barton, Johnny Bulford, Jon Stone

Publishers: 3JB Music (BMI), Adios Pantalones (SESAC), Hears That Skyline Music (SESAC), Sixteen Stars Music (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)

· Even If It Breaks Your Heart – Eli Young Band

Composers: Will Hoge, Eric Paslay

Publishers: Cal IV Songs (ASCAP), Will Hoge Music (BMI)

· Over You – Miranda Lambert

Composers: Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton

Publishers: Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Sony ATV/Tree Publishing (BMI)

· Springsteen – Eric Church

Composers: Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell

Publishers: Bug Music (BMI), Ole Purple Cape Music (BMI), Sinnerlina (BMI), Sony ATV/Tree Publishing (BMI)

· Wanted – Hunter Hayes

Composers: Hunter Hayes, Troy Verges

Publishers: Happy Little Man Publishing (BMI), Songs From The Engine Room (BMI), Songs Of Universal Inc. (BMI)


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

· Creepin’ – Eric Church

Producer: Iris Baker

Director: Peter Zavadil

· Merry Go ‘Round – Kacey Musgraves

Producers: Perry Bean, Kacey Musgraves

Director: Perry Bean

· Tornado – Little Big Town

Producer: Iris Baker

Director: Shane Drake

· Wanted – Hunter Hayes

Producers: Stephanie Reeves, Eric Williams

Directors: Traci Goudie, Patrick Hubik

· We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

Producer: John Nguyen

Director: Declan Whitebloom

· The Wind – Zac Brown Band

Producer: Ben Kalina

Director: Mike Judge


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

· Don’t Rush – Kelly Clarkson Featuring Vince Gill (19/RCA/Columbia Nashville)

Produced by: Dann Huff

· Easy – Rascal Flatts Featuring Natasha Bedingfield (Big Machine Records)

Produced by: Dann Huff, Brian Kennedy, Rascal Flatts

· Feel Like A Rock Star – Kenny Chesney (Duet With Tim McGraw) (Blue Chair/BNA)

Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

· Let It Rain – David Nail Featuring Sarah Buxton (MCA Nashville)

Produced by: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell

· The Only Way I Know – Jason Aldean With Luke Bryan & Eric Church (Broken Bow)

Produced by: Michael Knox

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