Kelsea Ballerini and Brothers Osborne appeared live today on “CBS This Morning” to announce this year’s ACM Award nominees for Entertainer of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Duo of the Year, Group of the Year and Single of the Year. “Entertainment Tonight” correspondent Rachel Smith announced additional nominees on ETonline.com. Maren Morris leads the nominations with Chris Stapleton at six nominations, every nominee for “Single of the Year” includes a female artist, and four Black artists are nominated. However, the Entertainer of the Year category has no female or diverse representation.
Reigning Female Artist of the Year Maren Morris received six nominations, with “The Bones” being nominated for both Song of the Year and Single of the Year. Maren Morris received an additional nod for songwriter of “The Bones,” her first time receiving a nomination for Song of the Year both as an artist and songwriter. Maren Morris was also nominated for Female Artist of the Year, marking the 5th time she has been nominated in this category, and for Music Video of the Year for the first time. In addition, Morris was nominated for Group of the Year alongside The Highwomen.
Miranda Lambert continues her streak as the most nominated female artist in Academy history with 68 lifetime nominations. Lambert received five total nominations for the 56th ACM Awards, with four nominations for “Bluebird.” “Bluebird” was nominated for Single of the Year, Video of the Year, and Song of the Year. Lambert received an additional nomination as songwriter. In addition, Miranda Lambert received her 15th nomination for Female Artist of the Year, a category she won nine times prior.
For the first time in ACM Awards history, four black artists are nominated for awards including Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown, Mickey Guyton and John Legend, and every Single of the Year nomination features a female artist. This was also the first nomination in this category for three of the six nominees. Carly Pearce, Ingrid Andress, and Gabby Barrett each were nominated for Single of the Year for the first time.
Ashley McBryde receives four nominations, including her first for Album of the Year. Ingrid Andress receives three nominations, including her second nomination for New Female Artist of the Year and her first nomination for Single of the Year, receiving an additional nomination as producer. Carly Pearce receives three nominations, including her first for Single of the Year and Music Event of the Year for her collaboration with Lee Brice on “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” and her first for Female Artist of the Year. Gabby Barrett received two nominations, including her second nod as New Female Artist of the Year and first for Single of the Year.
Overall, this year’s nominations include 14 artists and industry creators receiving their first-ever ACM Awards nominations. The first-time nominees include Tenille Arts, Spencer Cullum, Travis Denning, Kris Donegan, Alicia Enstrom, Jason Hall, Gena Johnson, John Legend, P!nk, Steve Mackey, Gwen Stefani, Benmont Tench, Chris Tomlin and Kristin Wilkinson.
Following is the full list of nominees for the Main Awards category.
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
DUO OF THE YEAR
GROUP OF THE YEAR
NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
SINGLE OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]
VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR*(Off Camera Award)
MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
The 56th Academy of Country Music Awards™ is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the Country Music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE on Sunday, April 18, 2021 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network, and will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+, ViacomCBS’ upcoming global streaming service. R.A. Clark, Amy Thurlow, Barry Adelman, Mark Bracco and Linda Gierahn are executive producers. Damon Whiteside is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.
The Academy of Country Music® will announce the full list of nominees for the 56th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, on Friday, February 26. The celebratory day for the country community and artists’ fans alike will begin with Kelsea Ballerini and Brothers Osborne appearing LIVE on “CBS This Morning” to announce select nominations followed by exclusive categories revealed by ET’s Rachel Smith on ETonline.com. The ACM Awards official social media accounts will also post updates in real time with all nominees being posted at ACMcountry.com immediately following the morning’s ceremonies.
The 56th ACM Awards® will return to Nashville and broadcast live from three iconic Country Music venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe on Sunday, April 18 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. The show will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+, ViacomCBS’ upcoming global streaming service.
Friday, February 26, 2021
8:30 AM – 9:00AM ET
“CBS THIS MORNING”
Kelsea Ballerini and Brothers Osborne to announce nominees for Entertainer of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Duo of the Year, Group of the Year and Single of the Year beginning at 8:30 AM ET on the CBS Television Network (Check local listings).
Nominees for New Male Artist of the Year, New Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Music Event of the Year will be revealed on ETonline.com by correspondent Rachel Smith at 8:45 AM ET.
ACM AWARDS ONLINE + SOCIAL MEDIA
All nominees including ACM Songwriter of the Year and ACM Studio Recording Awards will be revealed across the Academy of Country Music’s social media channels including on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram beginning at 8:30 AM ET. The full list of available nominees for the 56th ACM Awards will be made available on ACMcountry.com at 9:00 AM ET.
The 56th ACM Awards®, honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in Country Music, will feature exciting performances, unprecedented collaborations, surprising moments and more to be announced in the coming weeks.
Lucy Blu is an independent singer-songwriter who grew up to the sounds of Willie Nelson, The Eagles, and Kacey Musgraves. Unable to fit into just one mold, she was reluctant to release music until she realized how extensive the modern country music scene is. Her sound is a blend of Country, Rock, Americana, Soul, and even pop making for one that appeals to both traditional and contemporary country listeners.
One of the fastest growing UK independent artists, Lucy is constantly writing. With guitar in hand, Lucy finds inspiration from anywhere whether her own experiences, films, books, or even a video on TikTok. Her most recent single “All This Time” is not your typical love song. It reflects an honest relationship, the day-to-day events. Working with a new producer, Lucy has a steady stream of new music coming our way.
In the new year, Lucy is focused on improvement. Making strides and controlling what she only can control. For more information, find Lucy on her website here.
Country singer and songwriter Brooke Eden premiered her vibrant new music video for “No Shade" yesterday via PopCulture, her first in four years. On screen, Eden radiantly exudes the confidence and self-love that she has earned since her previous releases. Filmed and directed by Ford Fairchild, the video portrays Eden’s full-circle journey highlighting her previous bartending and performance gigs that led to her start in Nashville. Video one of Eden’s trilogy of music and videos, “No Shade,” can be seen below.
“Filming the music video for ‘No Shade’ had me incredibly in my element,” says Eden. “I got to bring my Nashville creative team down to my hometown in sunny south Florida, right back to the bar that started it all. The tiki bar where the video takes place is actually the bar where I played shows that earned me the money to move to Nashville. It was a total full circle moment filming the first part of this three video story, in the city that gave me the confidence to chase this dream.”
Known for her commanding stage presence and brassy straight-shooting style, vocal powerhouse Brooke Eden flaunts a sassy flare in her trio of new songs that vulnerably detail her journey to love. Championed by Billboard as a “fiery country star-in-the-making,” Eden pairs her honest songwriting with punchy tracks from producer Jesse Frasure to deliver her most authentic work yet. Coupled with a trilogy of music videos that illustrate Brooke’s own path towards self-acceptance, Eden confidently shares her romantic optimism and warmth, while sharing the joys of summer all year long. For more information, visit Brooke Eden's website at www.brookeeden.com.
We've got the exclusive premier of Trinity Faith's official music video for "Okay." Released with perfect timing, Faith says, "I wrote this song to let others know that no matter what you’re going through right now it’s going to be okay and this time in your life will pass. There is light at the end of the tunnel."
Just 19 years old, Trinity was born and raised in Tampa Florida. She has been involved in music her whole life and took her first voice lesson at 4 years old and at the age of 6 sang her first song In church “Jesus take the wheel.” She continued to work with her vocal coach for ten years and counting to grow her voice and skill and later started competing at pageants with her cousins from the young age and really focused on the talent portion of the competition. Throughout the eight years she competed she won 5 overall talent international titles and four Florida state titles. From then on Trinity knew that music was her passion and wanted use her gift to bring joy to others and started performing at charity functions including events like “No Kid Go Hungry”, fallen officer tributes, assisted living homes, while also doing national anthems all across Florida including University of Florida, NASCAR In Daytona Florida, University of South Florida, NBA Orlando Magic, MLB Tampa Bay Rays and much much more.
During her high school years she was heavily involved with her Tampa church as a worship leader and continued to lead others to the Lord and give all the glory to God through her voice. She first met her current studio musicians and producer during her junior year of high school when her uncle (also manager) and family decided to book her first trip to Nashville and record her first Ep which include the two songs, “Broken Wing” and “All By Myself.” She graduated high school with the class of 2019 and made the choice to pursue her music career in Nashville Tennessee.
Following her move to Tennessee she immediately began to write and develop her own music seeking to find her direction in the industry with the guidance of her manager. Just a month after she moved to Nashville they booked the 2nd session to record the first few songs that will be on her first album. She feels beyond grateful to not only work with James Cook (producer/bass) Kent Slucher (drums) Tim McDonald (keys/piano) Dan Cohen (guitar) but also be able to call them family and build life long friendships. Her faith and relationship with the Lord and her family’s support will always be the rock and core of her life and will continue to be the light to her path.