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Reba McEntire Announces 54th ACM Awards Nominations

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  • February 20, 2019
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Returning to host the 2019 Academy of Country Music Awards for the 16th time in April, McEntire revealed the nominees for the biggest awards!

Written by: MegaCountry Staff. Above Photo: Kyle Dean Reinford, MegaCountry


This morning, country queen Reba McEntire announced the 2019 nominations for the ACM Awards. Returning to host the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards for the 16th time in April, McEntire revealed the nominees for the biggest awards.


Dan + Shay are tied as the most-nominated artist overall with six nominations, four of which earned for  Dan Smyers work as a songwriter and producer. Their nominations include Duo of the Year for the sixth consecutive year, as well as their first-ever Album of the Year nomination for Dan + Shay and first-ever Song, Single, Video and Music Event nominations for “Tequila.” “We’re proud to feel the love in a big way from our country music family this morning,” said Smyers in a statement. “Still trying to process it all, but wow. We sure are grateful for the opportunity to tell our stories and chase our childhood dreams every single day. Also, it’s pretty cool to be mentioned in the same headlines as Chris Stapleton. We’ll brag to our kids about that someday!”


Speaking of Stapleton, he and Keith Urban lead in the top categories with nominations for both Male Artist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year - a category notably lacking any female nominees. "It doesn’t make me very happy because we’ve got some very talented women out there who are working their butts off,“ McEntire said of the male-dominated category.

Unfortunately, last year’s nominees for EOTY were also all male and In 2015, 2016 and 2017 only one woman made it into the category. The last woman to win entertainer of the year was Taylor Swift in 2011.

McEntire also shared some details about her hosting gig, which she promised would be politics-free. "We’ve got to keep it light. We’ve got to keep it fun. No politics. This is fun. This is entertainment. We are in the entertainment business, and that’s what we’re going to be doing,” she said.

Check out the full list of nominees below:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Miranda Lambert
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Maren Morris
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Dierks Bentley
  • Luke Combs
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban

DUO OF THE YEAR

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

GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • Lady Antebellum
  • Lanco
  • Little Big Town
  • Midland
  • Old Dominion

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • “Break Up In The End,” Cole Swindell
    Songwriters: Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill and Jon Nite
  • “Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton
    Songwriters: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton
  • “Meant To Be,” Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line
    Songwriters: David Garcia, Tyler Hubbard, Joshua Miller, Bebe Rexha
  • “Space Cowboy,” Kacey Musgraves
    Songwriters: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
  • “Tequila,” Dan + Shay
    Songwriters: Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers
  • “Yours,” Russell Dickerson
    Songwriters: Casey Brown / Russell Dickerson / Parker Welling

NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Danielle Bradbery
  • Lindsay Ell
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Carly Pearce

NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Jimmie Allen  
  • Luke Combs
  • Jordan Davis
  • Michael Ray
  • Mitchell Tenpenny

NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • High Valley
  • LANCO
  • Runaway June

ALBUM OF THE YEAR 

  • “Dan + Shay,” Dan + Shay
  • “Desperate Man,” Eric Church  
  • “From A Room Vol. 2,” Chris Stapleton
  • “Golden Hour,” Kacey Musgraves
  • “The Mountain,” Dierks Bentley

SINGLE OF THE YEAR 

  • “Down to the Honky Tonk,” Jake Owen
  • “Heaven,” Kane Brown
  • “Meant To Be,” Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line
  • “Most People Are Good,” Luke Bryan
  • “Tequila,” Dan + Shay

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • “Babe,” Sugarland featuring Taylor Swift
  • “Burn Out,” Midland
  • “Burning Man,” Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne
  • “Drunk Girl,” Chris Janson
  • “Shoot Me Straight,” Brothers Osborne
  • “Tequila,” Dan + Shay

MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR

  • “Burning Man,” Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne
  • “Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert
  • “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” David Lee Murphy featuring Kenny Chesney
  • “Keeping Score,” Dan + Shay featuring Kelly Clarkson
  • “Meant To Be,” Bebe Rexha Featuring Florida Georgia Line

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

  • Ross Copperman
  • Ashley Gorley
  • Shane McAnally
  • Chase McGill
  • Josh Osborne

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