Miranda Lambert Snags Eight ACM Nominations

Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line Are Among This Year's Top Nominees


Miranda Lambert received eight nominations to lead the field at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The nominees were announced Friday morning (Jan. 30).

Dierks Bentley followed closely with seven nominations while Florida Georgia Line snagged five and Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney and Eric Church each receive four. Jason Aldean, Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood received three nominations each.

Lambert, the reigning ACM female vocalist of the year, received her fourth nomination for entertainer of the year and her ninth consecutive nomination in the female vocalist category. She’s also up for album of the year for Platinum and single record of the year (two nominations as artist and songwriter for “Automatic”). She and Carrie Underwood are also nominated for video of the year and vocal event of the year for “Somethin’ Bad.”

This year’s ACM Awards take place April 19 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Blake Shelton and Bryan will host the live telecast on CBS.

Here’s a complete list of the artist nominees:

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Florida Georgia Line

Male Vocalist (Tie)
Jason Aldean
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist
Brandy Clark
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
The Swon Brothers

Vocal Group
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Album of the Year
Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason Aldean
Producer: Michael Knox

Pain Killer, Little Big Town
Producer: Jay Joyce

Platinum, Miranda Lambert
Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf

Riser, Dierks Bentley
Producers: Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston

The Outsiders, Eric Church
Producer: Jay Joyce

Single Record of the Year
“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney
Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf

“Dirt,” Florida Georgia Line
Producer: Joey Moi

“Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley
Producer: Ross Copperman

“I Don’t Dance,” Lee Brice
Producer: Lee Brice

Song of the Year (Tie)
“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney
Songwriters: Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane Mcanally

“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
Songwriters: Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert

“Drink a Beer,” Luke Bryan
Songwriters: Jim Beavers, Chris Stapleton

“Follow Your Arrow,” Kacey Musgraves
Songwriters: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves

“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
Songwriters: Eric Church, Luke Laird

“I Hold On,” Dierks Bentley
Songwriters: Dierks Bentley, Brett James

Songwriter of the Year
Rodney Clawson
Ashley Gorley
Luke Laird
Josh Osborne
Chris Tompkins

Video of the Year
“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney
Director: Shaun Silva
Producer: Don Lepore

“Cop Car,” Keith Urban
Director: John Urbano
Producer: Michelle Abnet

“Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley
Director: Wes Edwards
Producer: Clarke Gallivan

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell
Director: James Keach
Producer: Julian Raymond

“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert duet with Carrie Underwood
Director: Trey Fanjoy
Producer: Trent Hardville

Vocal Event of the Year
“Lonely Tonight,” Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe
Producer: Scott Hendricks

“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw

“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert duet with Carrie Underwood
Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
Record Label: RCA Nashville

“The South,” the Cadillac Three featuring Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Mike Eli
Producers: Dann Huff, Justin Niebank

“This Is How We Roll,” Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan
Producer: Joey Moi

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 new artist of the year 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.

Calvin Gilbert has served as CMT.com’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.