Chris Stapleton Leads This Year’s ACM Nominations

The nominees for the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced yesterday, with Chris Stapleton leading the pack with eight nominations, in five categories, including the night’s big award, Entertainer of the Year, the first time he’s been recognized in that category.

Other multiple nominees include Thomas Rhett with six, Keith Urbanwith five, including his eighth Entertainer of the Year nod, and Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris each nabbing four.

This year’s Entertainer of the Year category is decidedly male, with Chris and Keith set to go up against last year’s winner, Jason Aldean, as well as Garth Brooks, and Luke Bryan.

  • In some of the more interesting nods, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill got their first-ever nomination for Vocal Duo of the Year, while after being completely snubbed last year, Blake Shelton’s received a nod for Single Record of the Year for “I’ll Name the Dogs.” Finally, Glen Campbellreceived a posthumous nomination in the category Vocal Event of the Year for “Funny How Time Slips Away,” his duet with Willie Nelson.

The 53rd annual ACM Awards, which will be hosted by Reba McEntire, will air April 15th on CBS from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. This will be Reba’s 15th time hosting, and her first time since 2012.

Check out the complete list of nominees below:


  • Jason Aldean
  • Garth Brooks
  • Luke Bryan
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban


  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Reba McEntire
  • Maren Morris
  • Carrie Underwood


  • Jason Aldean
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban
  • Chris Young


  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Tim McGraw & Faith Hill


  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Midland
  • Old Dominion


  • Lauren Alaina
  • Danielle Bradbery
  • Carly Pearce
  • Raelynn


  • Kane Brown
  • Luke Combs
  • Devin Dawson
  • Russell Dickerson
  • Brett Young


  • High Valley
  • Midland
  • Runaway June


  • “The Breaker” – Little Big Town
  • “California Sunrise” – Jon Pardi
  • “From A Room: Volume 1” – Chris Stapleton
  • “Happy Endings” – Old Dominion
  • “Life Changes” – Thomas Rhett


  • “Better Man” – Little Big Town
  • “Body Like A Back Road” – Sam Hunt
  • “Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton
  • “Drinkin’ Problem” – Midland
  • “I’ll Name The Dogs” – Blake Shelton


  • “Body Like a Back Road” – Sam Hunt
  • “Female” – Keith Urban
  • “Tin Man” – Miranda Lambert
  • “Whiskey And You” – Chris Stapleton


  • “Black” – Dierks Bentley
  • “It Ain’t My Fault” – Brothers Osborne
  • “Legends” – Kelsea Ballerini
  • “Marry Me” – Thomas Rhett
  • “We Should Be Friends” – Miranda Lambert


  • “Craving You” – Thomas Rhett Featuring Maren Morris
  • “Dear Hate” – Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill
  • “Funny (How Time Slips Away)” – Glen Campbell And Willie Nelson
  • “The Fighter” – Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood
  • “What Ifs” – Kane Brown Featuring Lauren Alaina


Source: ACM Country

Alan Jackson is #1 on Country Music Album Charts

February 27th in Country Music History

1946: Sitting at #1 on the US Country Singles Chart is “Guitar Polka” by Al Dexter. The track goes on to spend a grand total of 16 weeks on Billboard’s list as the “Most Played Juke Box Folk Record” in 1946.

1971: Sammi Smith sits at #1 on the Country Charts with her version of the Kris Kristofferson song “Help Me Make It Through the Night.” Click here to hear Sammi’s version.

1989: Dwight Yoakam is #1 on the Country Charts with “I Sang Dixie,” the second single from his album Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room. Click here to hear “I Sang Dixie” on YouTube.

2002: Alan Jackson is #1 on the US Country Music Album Chart with his tenth studio album Drive. Click here to hear Jackson‘s official music video on YouTube for ‘Drive (For Daddy Gene)’.

2013: Chuck Goff, Toby Keith‘s bass player of 25 years, dies due to a two-car collision in Oklahoma. One vehicle was found on top of the other vehicle, but the other driver was not injured. Click here to read Chuck’s obituary from 2013.

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Brett Young Pops the Question

Brett Young’s female fans are bound to be a little disappointed with his latest news. The singer has revealed to “People” that he and his longtime girlfriend Taylor Mills are engaged.

Brett popped the question earlier this month and shares, “We are both more excited than we can express and looking forward to starting this chapter of our lives together.”

Brett’s proposal took place at the Graduate hotel near his college, Ole Miss. “We met in Arizona while she was at school at ASU, and we will likely get married there, so I thought it would be romantic to propose where I went to school,” he explains. “We were able to get a suite with a large covered patio and the hospitality staff at the hotel set it up while we were at dinner, so it was waiting for us when we got back.

Brett and Taylor dated for about six years ago before taking a “break” when he went off to Nashville. He shares, “We recently got back in touch and realized that we were both finally in the same place and knew it was right.”

Source: People

Willie Nelson Wins With ‘Always On My Mind’

February 23rd in Country Music History

1972: Country musician Steve Holy is born in Dallas, Texas. Holy went on to score 15 singles on the Billboard Hot Country charts.

1983: Willie Nelson wins Best Country Vocal Performance for “Always on My Mind” at the 25th Annual Grammy Awards. Best Female Country Vocal Performance goes to Juice Newton for “Break It to Me Gently.”

2000: The Dixie Chicks and country music powerhouse Shania Twain both take home awards during the 42nd annual Grammy Awards at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.

2010: American singer/TV host/actor/businessman Jimmy Dean is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Dean rocketed to fame for his 1961 country crossover hit “Big Bad John” and his television series, The Jimmy Dean Show.

2014: American country and gospel music singer/actress Penny DeHaven dies at the age of 65.

Some Gave All is #1 on Charts

February 20th in Country Music History

1954: Webb Pierce’s “Slowly” becomes the first #1 song on Billboard’s country charts to feature the pedal steel guitar.

1981: Musician Chris Thile is born in Oceanside, California. Thile was a part of the acoustic folk/progressive bluegrass quintet Punch Brothers.

1993: Billy Ray Cyrus sits at #1 on the US Country music album chart with his debut album, Some Gave All which included his breakthrough hit “Achy Breaky Heart”.

1996: Alan Jackson makes a guest appearance on Home Improvement, singing “Mercury Blues” on the fictitious handyman show Tool Time.

2005: LeAnn Rimes performs “Nothin’ ‘Bout Love Makes Sense” and Big & Rich performs “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)” at halftime during the NBA all-star basketball game at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center.

Scotty McCreery Gives Fans A Chance To Shape New Video

Scotty McCreery is giving fans a chance to play a role in his next video. The singer has teamed with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store for a new video contest for his new single “Five More Minutes.”

Fans are being encouraged to share a one-to-three minute video clip of people in their lives they want to spend more than five minutes with, and some of them may wind up in the video, which will premiere on Cracker Barrel’s YouTube channel March 15th. Video submissions are being accepted on the store’s website from now until March 5th.

What’s more, Cracker Barrel will sell Scotty’s new album “Seasons Change” beginning March 16th, with $1 from every sale going to Operation Homefront, which builds homes for military families.

Source: Scotty McCreery

Hank Williams Jr. on Grand Ole Opry

February 16th in Country Music History

1914: Actor and country Western music vocalist Jimmy Wakely is born is Howard County, Arkansas. Wakely was known as one of the last singing cowboys.

1950: American record producer and session guitarist Paul Worley is born in Nashville, Tennessee. Worley is known primarily for his work in country music. Formerly a vice president at Sony BMG, Worley has worked for Big & Rich, and is most widely known as the co- producer (with Victoria Shaw) of the self-titled debut album of Lady Antebellum (2008), as the co-writer (with Lady Antebellum) of their global hit, “Need You Now.” He also discovered the Dixie Chicks and, with Blake Chancey, co-produced their first two albums.

1967: American country music performer Smiley Burnette (Lester Alvin Burnett ), dies from leukemia aged 55.

1969: George Jones and Tammy Wynette marry in Ringgold, Georgia.

1971: Lynn Anderson sits at #1 on the country music album chart with Rose Garden. The title track went on to top the country charts, where it stayed at the #1 position for five weeks, and reached #3 on the pop charts in 1971.

2002: Hank Williams Jr. makes his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in more than 20 years, joining Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart to pay tribute to the late Waylon Jennings.

2006: John Michael Montgomery is arrested at an intersection in Lexington, Kentucky for driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance. Police also found two loaded handguns in Montgomery’s vehicle. Montgomery was charged with a count of a prescription drug not in its proper container, and two counts of carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

Johnny Cash Stars in TV Film

February 15 in Country Music History

1917: Singer, manager, music promoter, and businessman Wally Fowler is born near Adairsville, Georgia. He was the founder of The Oak Ridge Quartet, a gospel act that eventually became The Oak Ridge Boys. Fowler died on June 3, 1994.

1918: Lawrence Hankins Locklin (better known as Hank Locklin) is born in the Florida Panhandle. A member of the Grand Ole Opry for nearly 50 years, Locklin had a long recording career.

1979: Willie Nelson takes home two trophies during the 21st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles: Best Country Vocal Performance, Male, for “Georgia On My Mind”; and Best Country Vocal Duo or Group (shared with Waylon Jennings), for “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.”

1983: The TV film starring Johnny Cash, Murder in Coweta County is released in the US. The film was set in 1948, in rural Georgia, and based on a true story.

2012: A Kenny Chesney fan is arrested for trespassing on the singer’s property. Melissa Mansfield of Murrieta, California, was arrested around 2AM and charged with trespassing and public intoxication. Reports state that Chesney was not home at the time of the incident.


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