Nominees for the 49th Annual ACM Awards were announced Wednesday through the third annual ACM digital press conference on the Academy’s Facebook and Twitter pages with help from the likes of Erin Andrews, 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs, Lucy Hale, Jerrod Niemann, Nancy O’Dell, Duck Dynasty’s Willie and Korie Robertson, Darius Rucker and more. Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw lead the way with seven nominations each. Country stars were quick to react to the good news.
Miranda Lambert’s nominations include Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year for “Mama’s Broken Heart,” and two nods for Vocal Event of the Year, for “We Were Us” with Keith Urban and “Boys ‘Round Here” as part of the Pistol Annies.
“I’m beside myself about the ACM nominations,” she said. “Every single time I see my name on any ballot I still get butterflies and can’t believe sometimes that this is my life. Especially being nominated for Entertainer of the Year! As a female artist, it has been a long time goal for me to be in this category. And such great company too! I work hard on my craft and my art, and to be nominated alongside these incredible artists that are my friends and peers, means the world to me. The road is my other home and the band and crew are my family. So I share this nomination proudly with them! All the miles have paid off! Cheers y’all! Girl power!”
Tim McGraw, whose nominations include Video of the Year for “Highway Don’t Care” featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban as well as Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year as both artist and producer, took to Twitter to congratulate his fellow nominees. “Congrats to all the acm nominees…” he wrote. “Gonna be a fun night!”
Keith Urban, who received six nominations, found out the good news en route to a show in New York City. Nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, Single Record of the Year and Video of the Year, he is also up for Vocal Event of the Year for “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift, as well as nominated twice for “We Were Us” with Miranda Lambert as artist and producer. He used Facebook to congratulate his fellow nominees.
“Ahhhhhhhhhh just heard about ACM – Academy of Country Music noms… absolutely blown away!!!!” he wrote. “THANK YOU EVERYBODY!!! Big love to Tim, Taylor & Miranda too! – KU”
Kacey Musgraves, fresh off picking up two GRAMMY Awards Sunday night, received five nominations including Female Vocalist of the Year, Video of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year category, as the artist and producer, tweeted out her excitement just before breakfast. “Good morning!! Thanks for the ACM noms!! Bout to fry up some eggs & celebrate,” she wrote.
Reigning Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan received three nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for Crash My Party. Luke is especially excited about his Album of the Year nod.
“I’m so excited, obviously, about Crash My Party getting nominated,” he said. “I really do feel as a whole that Crash My Party from Track 1 to the last track, it’s the best body of work I’ve ever done. I’m most proud that I wrote some of the songs and a lot of the songs are [from] Nashville’s finest songwriters, and I think that’s why the album is doing so well. I think this album is the best definition of that that I’ve ever done.”
Florida Georgia Line, reigning ACM New Artist of the Year, earned four nominations, including Vocal Duo of the Year, Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year. They thanked their fans for their support on Facebook.
“Giving thanks to God, our amazing fans and country radio today for our 4 @ACMawards nominations this morning,” they wrote. “We cannot thank you all enough for continued blessings. #herestothegoodtimes”
Darius Rucker, who was hours away from kicking off his True Believers Tour in Champaign, Illinois after receiving a GRAMMY award on Sunday when he heard the news, took to Twitter to celebrate his three nominations for “Wagon Wheel,” including Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year. “What a week! Excited for the @ACMawards in April to celebrate #WagonWheel. 3 #ACMnoms. Crazy. Thanks #TrueBelievers”
The ACM Awards, co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, will air live on CBS on April 6 at 8/7c. See a full list of ACM Awards Nominees >>