Deets: The 51st 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 MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.
Miranda Lambert, six-time reigning ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, current three-time nominee and the only female nominee for Entertainer of the Year, will perform with the legendary Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Keith Urban, current three-time ACM Award nominee and this year’s Mae Boren Axton Award recipient, will perform ZZ Top’s classic “Tush” on the 51ST ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, to be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 3 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. Also, Keith Urban, will perform his new single, “Wasted Time,” live on the broadcast.
Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini featuring Nick Jonas, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Cam, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Charles Kelley, Tim McGraw, Dolly Parton with Katy Perry, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Trombone Shorty, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Chris Young with Cassadee Pope, Florida Georgia Line,Little Big Town, and Old Dominion.
Presenters also include Miss America Betty Cantrell, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Janson, Jana Kramer, Martina McBride, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Nancy O’Dell, Jake Owen, Chase Rice, Kiefer Sutherland, Cole Swindell and Maddie & Tae.
The 51st Academy Of Country Music Awards, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, is produced for television by dick clark productions. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.
Previously fan-voted, Entertainer of the Year and newcomer categories, New Male Vocalist of the Year, New Female Vocalist of the Year and New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, are now all incorporated into the professional membership voting process this year.
Following is the list of final nominees. Note, nominees for Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Studio Recording Awards and Industry Awards will be announced at a later date. The Academy of Country Music’s professional membership selects the nominees and winners of the Academy of Country Music Awards. 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 · Eric Church · Miranda Lambert
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR · Jason Aldean · Dierks Bentley · Eric Church · Brett Eldredge · Chris Stapleton
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR · Kelsea Ballerini · Jana Kramer · Miranda Lambert · Kacey Musgraves · Carrie Underwood
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR · Brothers Osborne · Dan + Shay · Florida Georgia Line · Joey + Rory · Maddie & Tae
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR · Eli Young Band · Little Big Town · Old Dominion · Rascal Flatts · Zac Brown Band
NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR · Brett Eldredge · Chris Janson · Thomas Rhett · Chase Rice · Chris Stapleton
NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR · Kelsea Ballerini · Cam · Mickey Guyton · RaeLynn
NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR · A Thousand Horses · Brothers Osborne · Maddie & Tae · Old Dominion · Parmalee
ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)] · I’m Comin’ Over – Chris Young Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young Record Label: RCA Records
· Montevallo – Sam Hunt Producers: Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally Record Label: MCA Nashville
· Mr. Misunderstood – Eric Church Producer: Jay Joyce Record Label: EMI Records Nashville
· Tangled Up – Thomas Rhett Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure, Chris DeStefano, Joe London Record Label: The Valory Music Co.
· Traveller – Chris Stapleton Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton Record Label: Mercury Records
SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)] · Burning House – Cam Producers: Jeff Bhasker, Tyler Johnson, Camaron Ochs Record Labels: Arista Nashville, RCA Records, Kravenworks
· Buy Me A Boat – Chris Janson Producers: Brent Anderson, Chris DuBois, Chris Janson Record Label: Warner Music Nashville
· Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure Record Label: The Valory Music Co.
· Girl Crush – Little Big Town Producer: Jay Joyce Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
· I’m Comin’ Over – Chris Young Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young Record Label: RCA Nashville
· Take Your Time – Sam Hunt Producers: Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally Record Label: MCA Nashville
VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] *(Off Camera Award) · Biscuits – Kacey Musgraves Director: Mark Klasfeld Producer: Nicole Acacio
VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]*(Off Camera Award) · Hangover Tonight – Gary Allan Featuring Chris Stapleton Producers: Gary Allan, Greg Droman Record Label: MCA Nashville
· Home Alone Tonight – Luke Bryan Featuring Karen Fairchild Producers: Jeff Stevens, Jody Stevens Record Label: Capitol Nashville
· Raise ‘Em Up – Keith Urban Featuring Eric Church Producers: Nathan Chapman, Keith Urban Record Labels: Hit Red Records, Capitol Nashville
· Smokin’ And Drinkin’ – Miranda Lambert Featuring Little Big Town Producers: Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, Glenn Worf Record Label: RCA Nashville
· Wild Child – Kenny Chesney With Grace Potter Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney Record Labels: Blue Chair Records, Columbia 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 2 in Las Vegas, NV.
NATIONAL ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR (3-way tie within category lead to increased nominees) · Blair Garner, Chuck Wicks America's Morning Show · Cody Alan CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan · Lon Helton Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton · Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase The Crook and Chase Countdown · Sam Alex Taste of Country Nights · The Bobby Bones Show The Bobby Bones Show · Whitney Allen, Jackie Stevens & Mike McNamee The Big Time with Whitney Allen
ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MAJOR MARKET · Ben Campbell and Matt McAllister KNIX-FM Phoenix, AZ · Cadillac Jack WQYK-FM St. Petersburg, FL · Chris Carr, Maverick and Kia KEEY-FM St. Louis Park, MN · Paul Schadt, Meg Butterly, Geof Knight WKKT-FM Charlotte, NC · Tanner in the Morning WSOC-FM Charlotte, NC
ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – LARGE MARKET · AJ & Ashley In The Morning WWKA-FM Orlando, FL · Dave O’Brien WLHK-FM Indianapolis, IN · Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt & Kevin Freeman WFMS-FM Indianapolis, IN · Karen, Scott & Radar WMIL-FM Greenfield, WI · Randy Carroll and Jamie Martin KAJA-FM San Antonio, TX
ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM MARKET · Andy Ritchie, Alison Mencer, Jimmy Holt WIVK-FM Knoxville, TN · Broadway, Cory, Jordan WWYZ-FM Hartford, CT · Buzz Jackson KIIM-FM Tucson, AZ · Scott Wynn, Sarah Kay, Sue Wilson WQMX-FM Akron, OH · The Dex and Mo Show WUSY-FM Chattanooga, TN
ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET · Bill Barrett, Tim Fox & Tracy Berry KKNU-FM Eugene, OR · Brent Lane and Candy Ruddy WYCT-FM Pensacola, FL · Brian Gary, Todd Harding, and Susan Moore – KUAD-FM Windsor, CO The Good Morning Guys · Scotty Cox & Cara Denis KCLR-FM Columbia, MO · Sherry St. John WXFL-FM Florence, AL
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – MAJOR MARKET · KMLE-FM Phoenix, AZ · WKKT-FM Charlotte, NC · WKLB-FM Boston, MA · WQYK-FM St. Petersburg, FL · WYCD-FM Southfield, MI
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – LARGE MARKET · KAJA-FM San Antonio, TX · WLHK-FM Indianapolis, IN · WMIL-FM Greenfield, WI · WUBE-FM Cincinnati, OH · WQDR-FM Raleigh, NC
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM MARKET · KUZZ-FM Bakersfield, CA · WHKO-FM Dayton, OH · WIVK-FM Knoxville, TN · WQMX-FM Akron, OH · WUSY-FM Chattanooga, TN
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET · KKNU-FM Eugene, OR · KTTS-FM Springfield, MO · WGSQ-FM Cookeville, TN · WXFL-FM Florence, AL · WYCT-FM Pensacola, FL
Who You May Spot:
PERFORMERS INCLUDE: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Cam, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Charles Kelley, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Old Dominion, plus Kelsea Ballerini featuring Nick Jonas, Miranda Lambert featuring Billy Gibbons and Keith Urban, Dolly Parton and Katy Perry, Chris Young with Cassadee Pope, and Little Big Town featuring Trombone Shorty.
PRESENTERS INCLUDE: Garth Brooks (via satellite), Miss America Betty Cantrell, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Janson, Jana Kramer, Martina McBride, Von Miller, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Nancy O’Dell, Jake Owen, Chase Rice, Darius Rucker, Kiefer Sutherland, Cole Swindell and Maddie & Tae.
ADDITIONAL EXPECTED ATTENDEES INCLUDE: Lauren Alaina, Frankie Ballard, Kelleigh Bannen, Ronnie Bowman, Lee Brice, Kane Brown, Chase Bryant, Julie Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Brandy Clark, Dave Cobb, Courtney Cole, Easton Corbin, Eric Decker, Jesse James Decker, Clare Dunn, Brooke Eden, Lindsay Ell, Mickey Guyton, Randy Houser, McKinley James, Chris Lane, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Jackson Michelson, Maren Morris, David Nail, Jon Pardi, Eric Paslay, Canaan Smith, Granger Smith, Renée Felice Smith, RaeLynn, Michael Ray, Clay Walker, Chuck Wicks, A Thousand Horses, Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Eli Young Band, LoCash, Parmalee, Rascal Flatts, Shenandoah, The Band Perry and The Swon Brothers.
Hint For The Average Socialite: Watch the ACM Awards Sunday, April 3 on CBS 8/7c!