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.