The complete list of nominees for the show was revealed Friday (Jan. 30) via social media, as well as CBS This Morning and People Now.
Hosted for the third year in a row by Blake Shelton and Bryan, the special 50th anniversary edition of the ACM Awards will be broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, (home of the Dallas Cowboys) on April 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Fans are once again invited to vote for the entertainer of the year category beginning April 8 at VoteACM.com.
Arriving in the album of the year category are Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt, Little Big Town’s Pain Killer, Lambert’s Platinum, Bentley’s Riser and Church’s The Outsiders. Album of the year prizes are awarded to artist, producer and record label.
Single record of the year contenders are Kenny Chesney’s “American Kids,” Lambert’s “Automatic,” Florida Georgia Line’s “Dirt,” Bentley’s “Drunk on a Plane” and Lee Brice’s “I Don’t Dance.” Single of the year prizes are awarded to artist, producer and record label.
Song of the year contenders are Chesney’s “American Kids,” Lambert’s “Automatic,” Bryan’s “Drink a Beer,” Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow,” Church’s “Give Me Back My Hometown” and Bentley’s “I Hold On.” Song of the year prizes are awarded to songwriters, publishers and artists.
Arriving in video of the year category are Chesney’s “American Kids,” Keith Urban’s “Cop Car,” Bentley’s “Drunk on a Plane,” Glen Campbell’s “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” and Lambert and Underwood’s “Somethin’ Bad.”
The vocal event of the year contenders are as follows: “Lonely Tonight,” Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe; “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill; “Somethin’ Bad,” Lambert with Underwood; “The South,” the Cadillac Three featuring Florida Georgia Line, Bentley and Mike Eli; and “This Is How We Roll,” Florida Georgia Line featuring Bryan.
And finally, the nominees for songwriter of the year are Rodney Clawson, Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, Josh Osborne and Chris Tompkins.
As previously reported, the new artist of the year nominees are Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, Cole Swindell and Dan + Shay. The first round of fan voting is open now through Feb. 10, with a second round beginning on April 8. The winner will be announced during the live ACM show.