February 27, 2020
This morning, the Academy of Country Music announced that Keith Urban will be the host of the 55th ACM Awards which will air on Sunday, April 5th. Following the announcement, Lauren Alaina, Ashley McBryde, Bobby Bones, Cassie DiLaura, Kevin Frazier, and Gayle King took to social media to announce the nominees. With Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett leading with the most nominations.
View all nominees:
Entertainer of the Year
Male Artist of the Year
Female Artist of the Year
Duo of the Year
Brooks & Dunn
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
Group of the Year
Little Big Town
Album of the Year
Center Point Road, Thomas Rhett (Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Thomas Rhett, the Stereotypes, Cleve Wilson)
Girl, Maren Morris (Producers: busbee, Greg Kurstin, Maren Morris)
Heartache Medication, Jon Pardi (Producers: Bart Butler, Ryan Gore, Jon Pardi)
What You See Is What You Get, Luke Combs (Producer: Scott Moffatt)
Wildcard, Miranda Lambert (Producer: Jay Joyce)
New Male Artist of the Year
New Female Artist of the Year
Video of the Year
"10,000 Hours," Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber (Director: Patrick Tracy. Producer: Christen Pinkston)
"God's Country," Blake Shelton (Director: Sophie Muller. Producers: Jamie Amos, Patrick Kennedy)
"One Man Band," Old Dominion (Director / Producer: Mason Allen)
"Remember You Young," Thomas Rhett (Director: TK McKamy. Producer: Dan Atchison)
"Sugar Coat," Little Big Town (Directors: Alexa Kinigopoulos, Stephen Kinigopoulos. Producers: Wes Edwards, Carlo Glorioso, Angie Lorenz)
Music Event of the Year
“10,000 Hours," Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber (Producer: Dan Smyers)
"Dive Bar," Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton (Producer: Garth Brooks)
"Fooled Around and Fell in Love," Miranda Lambert with Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack and Elle King (Producer: Jay Joyce)
"Old Town Road," Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus (Producers: Michael Trent Reznor, Atticus Matthew Ross, YoungKio)
"What Happens in a Small Town," Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell (Producer: Dann Huff)
Single of the Year
"God’s Country," Blake Shelton (Producer: Scott Hendricks)
"One Man Band," Old Dominion (Producer: Shane McAnally)
"Rainbow," Kacey Musgraves (Producers: Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves, Daniel Tashian)
"Rumor," Lee Brice (Producers: Lee Brice, Dan Frizsell, Kyle Jacobs, Jon Stone)
"What If I Never Get Over You," Lady Antebellum (Producer: Dann Huff)
Song of the Year
"10,000 Hours," Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber (Songwriters: Justin Bieber, Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd, Jessie Jo Dillon, Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers)
"Girl Goin' Nowhere," Ashley McBryde (Songwriters: Jeremy Bussey, Ashley McBryde)
"God's Country," Blake Shelton (Songwriters: Devin Dawson, Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt)
"One Man Band," Old Dominion (Songwriters: Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Brad Tursi)
"Some of It," Eric Church (Songwriters: Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde, Bobby Pinson)
Songwriter of the Year
The ACM Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 5th from 8-11PM on CBS.
Savannah Nider was born and raised in Pawnee City, Nebraska, a small town in the southeast corner of the state with about 900 people. She grew up passionate about family, sports, speech, and of course, music. At a young age, her big voice turned the heads of some prominent industry figures. Savannah was given the opportunity to work alongside Geno LeSage, Steve Cox, and Kenny Royster who were involved in the careers of Grammy award-winning artists.
Savannah lost her biggest fan, Grandma Linda, to pancreatic cancer shortly after launching her career. She made a promise to herself and her grandmother that music would not just be a dream, but a priority.
She completed her college education in 2014, married the man of her dreams, and moved to Nashville in early 2019. Soon after her move, Savannah began to make musical connections that would launch her career. Joie Scott, a well-known songwriter in Nashville, influenced Savannah’s songwriting ability and co-wrote her first song “Until Always,” which she performed at her own wedding.
Her recent single “We Are Us” was written with and for her fans. On Monday, Savannah took to her Facebook page and asked her fans what the phrase "We Are Us" meant to them. After receiving countless stories and photos about family and friends, Savannah was overjoyed. To go along with the release Savannah is premiering the official lyric video on our page.
Watch below and for more information on Savannah, visit http://www.savannahnidermusic.com.
Growing up in Portland, OR Krystalanne Brunelle found her love of music through her father’s influence. At a young age she joined the local church choir and learned to play the guitar in 5th grade. Having grown up to 90s country artists George Strait, Shania Twain, and the Dixie Chicks, Krystalanne’s sound is timeless.
Her debut single “Let You Go” speaks of having to call off her wedding, while inspiring others to step out of the box and take a moment to reflect on what’s best for themselves. Written by Krystalanne and produced by Will Garrett, “Let You Go” will be available March 6th.
Follow Krystalanne on social media at @thekrystalanne.
Born into a musical family, Amanda Kate can’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing. With a mom who wrote Christian music and the opportunity to work for Dean Martin and Bob Hope, Amanda was able to pursue music professionally at the age of 16 when she toured with her band.
After being told Nashville was where she must take her dreams, Amanda made the move at the age of 23. However, she quickly became homesick and is now making a name for herself in the California country scene. Although having balanced a job with music and being a mom, Amanda quit her job in December to pursue music full time. With champions standing in her corner, such as Tina, the director of the Subaru Country Freedom Festival, Amanda is being given the opportunities she’s been working for. She also makes frequent appearances at The Ranch Saloon and Campus Jax.
With her growing success, Amanda released her latest album on November 8th. The album includes 12 songs dedicated to her mother, who was battling cancer. Including songs written by Amanda and her mother, she sees the album as an opportunity to be her mother’s voice during this hard time. Entitled “Time” to represent how “when you are faced with a limit of time you realize that there is no time like the present,” it’s about time for Amanda to see her career soar.
Listen to “Time” and follow Amanda on her journey via social media at @amandakatemusic and on her website at https://www.amandakatemusic.com/.
Rising singer-songwriter, Gracie Carol, follows debut EP Day Dreams with the release of the official music video for Lightning in the Bottle.
"I wanted the video for “Lightning in the Bottle” to be real and raw just like the lyrics and the song itself. So I came up with the idea to shoot a one-take video in an open field. I didn’t want it to be too dark since the song itself is heartbreaking, so I added a pop of color with the rainbow streamers in the beginning," explains Gracie. "Lexy Burke who shot the video was the perfect gal to understand the visual I was looking for, she did an amazing job! She helped with the location, we ended up going out and working with Country Rebel in there farm. It was a beautiful location for what I was looking for. I brought in a guitar player, Mitch Predella, as well since it’s the only instrument in the song I think it made the story feel much more real as well. Thank you to those who helped out in the making of “Lightning in the Bottle” one-take music video!"
In the summer of 2014, Gracie Carol performed alongside Country Music Legend Keith Urban on his Raise 'Em Up Tour at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH. At 17 years of age, she presented her take on Miranda Lambert’s part of “We Were Us” to a crowd of 20,000 people.
Her achievements and milestones made a young Gracie Carol realize that she had a place in the music industry, but it is the small moments that keep her going. Now living in Nashville, TN, Gracie recently graduated from Belmont University getting a Bachelor's Degree in Music studying Commercial Music Voice with an emphasis in Music Business.
You can learn more about Gracie Carol by visiting www.graciecarol.com.