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2016 ACM Awards Nominees Announced

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Dierks Bentley announced the first of the 2016 ACM Awards nominees on Monday morning (Feb. 1). Eric Church leads the way with five nominations so far. Singers up for Entertainer of the Year, Male and Female Vocalist of the Year and Vocal Duo and Group were announced live on CBS This Morning.

Album of the Year nominees were also announced by the 2016 ACM Awards co-host. With all except Song and Songwriter of the Year announced, you’ll find some surprises and first-time nods on this list. Brett Eldredge scored a Male Vocalist of the Year nomination, as did Chris Stapleton. The “Nobody to Blame” singer’s appreciation is no surprise, as he cleaned house at the 2015 CMA Awards. Kelsea Ballerini and Jana Kramer in the Female Vocalist category are surprises.

Bentley will join Luke Bryan as host for the April 3 event. It will be the “Somewhere on a Beach” singer’s first time hosting the show, as he takes over for Blake Shelton. The 2016 ACM Awards will broadcast live from Las Vegas on CBS at 8PM ET.

2016 Academy of Country Music Awards Nominees

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Eric Church

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jason Aldean
Eric Church
Brett Eldredge
Chris Stapleton
Dierks Bentley

Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini
Jana Kramer
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie + Tae
Joey + Rory

Vocal Group of the Year

Eli Young Band
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

Album of the Year

Eric Church, Mr. Misunderstood
Sam Hunt, Montevallo
Thomas Rhett, Tangled Up
Chris Young, I’m Comin’ Over
Chris Stapleton, Traveller

New Male Vocalist of the Year

Brett Eldredge
Chris Janson
Thomas Rhett
Chase Rice
Chris Stapleton

New Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini
Mickey Guyton

New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year

A Thousand Horses
Brothers Osborne
Maddie & Tae
Old Dominion

Single Record of the Year

“Burning House,” Cam
“Buy Me a Boat,” Chris Janson
“Die a Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“I’m Comin’ Over,” Chris Young
“Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt

Video of the Year

“Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves
“Burning House,” Cam
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“Mr. Misunderstood,” Eric Church
“Riser,” Dierks Bentley

Song of the Year

“Burning House,” Cam
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“Nobody to Blame,” Chris Stapleton
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban feat. Eric Church
“She Don’t Love You,” Eric Paslay

Vocal Event of the Year

“Hangover Tonight,” Gary Allan (Feat. Chris Stapleton)
“Home Alone Tonight,” Luke Bryan (Feat. Karen Fairchild)
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban (Feat. Eric Church)
“Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” Miranda Lambert (Feat. Little Big Town)
“Wild Child,” Kenny Chesney (Feat. Grace Potter)

Songwriter of the Year

Rodney Clawson
Ross Copperman
Ashley Gorley
Shane McAnally
Josh Osborne

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