Willie Nelson, Miranda Lambert, Midland among Academy of Country Music award nominees

As a new season approaches us, so does another round of country music award ceremonies. 

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The ceremony on the horizon in the coming months is the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs), set to air Sunday, April 15 at 8 p.m./7 p.m. CST on CBS. Reba McEntire will take a break from her new gig as Colonel Sanders to host the show, broadcasting from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. the same city where a lone gunman killed 59 people and injured hundreds more in a shooting at a country music festival last October.

Votes in this ceremony are determined by academy members, which is comprised of industry professionals. All categories except the Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year are solely determined by academy member votes. Those two exceptions are determined by a mix of academy member votes and fan votes.

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The nominees this year accurately reflect the country music landscape: lots of male artists, not a lot of new blood and very little female representation. There’s not a single woman nominated for Entertainer of the Year— in fact, no woman has won that category since 2011, when Taylor Swift took home the cowboy hat trophy. 

But there is also a strong showing from Teas artists in this year’s nominees

Of the Texas artists nominated, Miranda LambertMidland and Maren Morris lead the pack with three nominations each. Miranda Lambert is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year (for “Tin Man”) and Video of the Year (for “We Should be Friends”). 

Midland is nominated for Vocal Group of the Year, New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year and Single Record of the Year (for “Drinkin’ Problem”).

Maren Morris is nominated in two categories, but with two nominations in the Vocal Event of the Year Category, once for“Craving You” with Thomas Rhett and again for “Dear Hate,” her ode with Vince Gill to the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in October 2017. She is also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.

Finally, Willie Nelson also got nominated in the Vocal Event of the Year category for “Funny (How Time Slips Away),” his collaboration with the late Glen Campbell.

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See a list of full nominees below, and sound off on who you think should win in the comments:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

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

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

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

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

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

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

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

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

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

NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

• Lauren Alaina
• Danielle Bradbery
• Carly Pearce
• Raelynn

NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

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

NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

• High Valley
• LANCO
• LOCASH
• Midland
• Runaway June

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

• “Breaker” – Little Big Town
Producer: Jay Joyce

• “California Sunrise” – Jon Pardi
Producers: Bart Butler, Jon Pardi

From ‘A ‘Room: Vol. 1” – Chris Stapleton
Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton

• “Happy Endings” – Old Dominion
Producer: Shane McAnally

• “Life Changes” – Thomas Rhett
Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR

• “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

SONG OF THE YEAR

• “Body Like a Back Road” – Sam Hunt
Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

• “Female” – Keith Urban
Songwriters: Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon and Shane McAnally

• “Tin Man” – Miranda Lambert
Songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall

• “Whiskey And You” – Chris Stapleton
Songwriters: Lee Thomas Miller, Chris Stapleton

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

• “Black” – Dierks Bentley

• “It Ain’t My Fault” – Brothers Osborne

• “Legends” – Kelsea Ballerini

• “Marry Me” – Thomas Rhett

• “We Should Be Friends” – Miranda Lambert

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

• Rhett Akins
• Ashley Gorley
• Hillary Lindsey
• Shane McAnally
• Josh Osborne

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR

• “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

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