Eric Church is the most-nominated artist going into Sunday night’s ACM Awards with a total of seven nods, including Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Chief and Song of the Year for “Springsteen.” He gives full credit for his slate of nominations to the people who have supported him for years.
“I think it’s a testament to fans that believed in the music and loved the music and told people about the music,” he said. “It’s truly because of the fans and because they did something that’s really going to be judged as pretty special and pretty unique that we were able to get this done.”
Little Big Town also finds themselves with multiple nominations. The band is up for four awards, including their seventh nomination in the Vocal Group of the Year category and Album of the Year for Tornado. While they’d be happy to win any of the trophies they’re up for, there is one they’d really like to hear their name called for.
“If you ask any artist what award would mean most in their career, I think that they would say Album, probably, because it’s just what our whole lives are poured into – the songwriting, the making of a record, the collection of songs,” Karen Fairchild said. “I can’t even imagine what that feels like to win Album of the Year.”
Little Big Town will be up for Vocal Group of the Year alongside Lady Antebellum who has won the trophy three years running. The group has already been chosen to receive the Jim Reeves International Award, which they will receive during the annual ACM Honors in Nashville in September.
“We are grateful to be recognized,” Dave Haywood said of the Vocal Group nomination. “To have the respect of the people you know and work with, in this industry, in Nashville, in the country format is huge. We write this music for the fans out there, but when somebody pats you on the back, as well is a huge honor. Regardless of what happens, regardless of any award, we’re still gonna obviously get our full happiness from playing these shows and touring and letting these fans come out and see us.”
Co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, the ACM Awards will air live on CBS on Sunday, April 7 at 8/7c. Before the show, tune in to GAC at 6:30/5:30p for all the action live from the ACM Red Carpet!